Founded by Carolyn Shames and now retired Founder Barry Shames in 1987, Shames Construction got their start building retail store interiors. Today, we are the premier commercial general contractor on the west coast, specializing in large-scale commercial developments. There are reasons we’ve achieved such a reputation

  • Careful balancing between creative problem-solving and an approach to every project that uses a disciplined, intelligently designed process, and best practice procedures.
  • We stick to what we do best large-scale, challenging, sophisticated projects.
  • We use all available technology to be an extremely communicative and forward thinking partner.

LEADERSHIP IS THE FOUNDATION

Woman-owned, woman-grown

Carolyn Shames

President + Ceo

Building a successful firm in a traditionally male-dominated industry takes both intelligence and confidence. Traits that are also readily apparent in Carolyn’s projects—not to mention staff. In fact, she has built her team with the same care and expertise she puts into a development.

With 35+ years of hands-on experience in construction management from practicing architecture and working as construction manager for a national retailer, building is in Carolyn's blood. In addition to driving the vision of the firm, Carolyn oversees all day-to-day operations and makes herself available to clients to ensure that the needs of each can be met by her or another key decision-maker.

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leaders from all levels

Not only has Shames Construction instituted industry-leading project management practices, we have nurtured industry-leading project managers and a stable, loyal workforce. It goes even deeper than that every member of our team is a vital contributor at Shames, and we’re all here for you.

Tim George 
Senior Project Manager
Erik Griffith 
Senior Project Manager
Ryan Gibbons 
Senior Project Manager
Pete Panagopoulos 
Project Manager
Rebecca Juhl 
Assistant Project Manager
Dana Hanson 
General Superintendent
Rod Weddermann 
Chief Estimator
Mike Ramsey 
Estimator
Michael Lundgren 
Compliance Officer
Ron Mhoon 
Quality Control Manager
Tricia Tom 
Controller
Allison Poulter 
Accounts Payable Manager
Margarita Terrell 
Executive Assistant to CEO
Sarah Panagopoulos 
Project Coordinator
Renee Martz 
Project Assistant
Kendra Lee 
Receptionist