Exploring milestones since 1910
In 1910, an enterprising 27-year-old named Bill Clark laid the foundation for our company by winning our first project. Bill, a young mining engineer who came to the Northwest seeking opportunity, supplied granite for the support piers of the Celilo Falls Railroad Bridge, which still stands to this day.
1936 - 1950
Don Clark joined his father’s growing business in 1936, before joining the Navy at the start of World War II. After gaining more construction experience in the service, Don returned to the firm to work on larger, more diverse projects during the post-war construction boom. Together, Bill and Don achieved a company milestone with a half-million-dollar University of Idaho project in 1950.
Don Clark’s son, Chris, joined the firm right out of college and became president in 1976. He built on his father’s leadership with a new focus on pursuing negotiated, private work and attracting talented professionals to W.G. Clark Construction Co. Today’s leadership includes people who have spent most of their professional careers with the firm, working with us in the office and in the field for more than 40 years.
Over the decades, the firm navigated the ups and downs of the construction industry through grit, careful management and, most importantly, enduring relationships. Today, handling projects with a level of technical complexity and value that would astonish Bill and Don Clark, we are excited to carry their legacy of integrity, optimism and partnership into our second century.
Projects throughout the years
The 45-unit Clarwood, developed by W.G. Clark and his partner, is still an active rental property in downtown Seattle.
A.M. CASTLE WAREHOUSE
The A.M. Castle Warehouse on East Marginal Way is now occupied by Seaport Steel and includes warehouse and office space.
UNIVERSITY OF IDAHO AGSCI BUILDING
In 1950, the AgSci building in Moscow, Idaho, was W.G. Clark’s largest project built to date.
The 1,500-seat Northgate Theater was one of the original anchor tenants of the Northgate Mall.
UW PARKING GARAGE
This 900-car underground garage on the UW campus featured the early use of post-tensioning and the development of unique cost-saving solutions.
PIKE PLACE CORNER MARKET BUILDING
The Corner Market Building was the first major Pike Place Market rehab following the grassroots efforts of Seattle citizens to save the market from the wrecking ball.
RAINIER SCHOOL LIVING UNITS
In this combination of new construction and renovation, nine new residential buildings were created for the Rainier School, an intermediate care facility on a 12-acre site.
LEO K THEATRE
This expansion of the Bagley Wright Theatre, built for the Seattle Repertory Theatre, was recognized with the AGC of Washington’s prestigious Grand Award for construction excellence.
KENT PULLEN COMMUNICATIONS CENTER
The Kent Pullen Regional Communications and Emergency Coordination Center consolidated county 911 and communications functions into one hardened facility, built to survive man-made and natural disasters.
In 2010, this 10-story high-rise Bellevue project was the tallest lightweight load bearing steel stud building on the West Coast.
University of Washington
During our era working with the University of Washington we completed a number of projects resulting in housing for over 5,200 students.