Amy Brueggemeyer
Owner + General Contractor
With her family name "Brueggemeyer" meaning "bridge builder," Amy was poised to enter the building industry. In addition to working as a carpenter on several bridges in Seattle she became the youngest female journey level carpenter there in 1981. Amy was a foreman and survey lead on large commercial projects before receiving her architecture degree from UC Berkeley. She started working for FB Design Build in 1997, and quickly became a partner in 2000. In addition to handling initial client consultations and overseeing design and construction, Amy is very hands-on: she can sometimes be seen in coveralls exploring a crawlspace, putting her construction expertise to use. She enjoys spending time with her family, backpacking and bicycling and cooking.

Amy has been making headlines since 1974, and we're glad she stuck with woodworking despite the difficulties of the construction industry. Read more here.

Education: UC Berkeley

 
Cecil Lee
Senior Architect
Cecil has 15 years of architectural experience in the Bay Area with sustainable residential remodels and new construction. His work has received multiple awards from Berkeley Architectural Heritage Association and The City of Piedmont Annual Design Awards during his previous tenure at Gary Parsons Architect. He has experience in all aspects of design, excels in construction documents preparation and construction management, and has an innate sensibility in working with city administrators on the submittal process.

He enjoys the challenge of navigating through the many constraints of remodeling and thrives on creating harmonious transformative design solutions that are with existing structures and landscapes. Cecil has done extensive remodeling on his own homes advancing his skills in Japanese joinery. He gets a kick out of traveling with his wife and baby girl, eating his way around the bay, bowling, and analyzing basketball games (Go Dubs!!!).

Education: B.A. in Architecture, UC Berkeley, CA. License C-32878 (2010), AIA

 
Rain Chan-Kalin
Designer/Project Manager
Rain is dedicated to improving people's lives one room at a time, and believes an enjoyable design and construction process is just as important as the finished product. People often ask how her degrees in architecture and linguistics are related. Pursued concurrently, she chose them because of her interest in the communication methods architecture employs, from drawings to verbal language. She cultivates inspiration from a variety of sources, including language, art, landscape, and, of course, the inspiring clients and people at FB. When not designing the indoors, she's off exploring the outdoors, sewing garments or outdoor gear, or diving into something new. She believes in expressing herself, giving it her all, and seeing the best in every person and situation.

Education: B.Arch and B.A. in Linguistics, Carnegie Mellon University

 
Jake Himmel
Designer/Project Manager
Jake studied architecture at UC Berkeley and has enjoyed diverse opportunities in both design and construction. He relishes a challenge, having worked in projects ranging from vacation mountain cabins to high-end San Francisco residences. Jake approaches each project with special attention to sustainability and design integrity. He has experience working in just about every trade and enjoys the hands-on experience of the construction process. Before joining FB, Jake worked as a finish carpenter installing complex trim work and other fine detailing. He worked for a time in Israel on environmental justice projects. He loves dogs, his family, his future wife, and licorice -- not necessarily in that order.

Education: B.A. in Architecture, UC Berkeley

 
Marcie Kleiman
Office Manager
Marcie Kleiman is "the best thing to happen to FB in a long time". She is working full time to keep all of the wheels turning here at the office. You will hear her calm competent voice when you call the office, as she fields calls from clients and subs. She brings a humor and warmth to the office that helps us all work with efficiency and competence.

 
Chantha Sayphrarath
Project Manager/Lead Carpenter
Chantha came to FB Design Build from the Laney College carpentry program. His instructor told us that he had talent and ambition, and she was right. Chantha quickly went on to become a lead carpenter, and has worked for us as both a project manager and lead carpenter. He brings a full understanding of construction concepts, a great sense of humor, and a dedication to excellence on every project. Outside of work, Chantha enjoys spending time with his young son, Nick, and occasionally takes a fast ride on his motorcycle.

Education: Laney College

 
Alonso Munoz
Lead Carpenter
An exceptional carpenter, Alonso does not appear rushed or harried-yet he always has every aspect of the project in control, from the big picture down to the smallest detail. Alonso is a dedicated husband, father to two wonderful daughters, and now a grandfather too.

 
Herick Bustos
Carpenter
Herick is always happy. He is versatile, hardworking, and collegial. He learns quickly from the example of others and is a pleasure to be around. Herick recently completed the work to become a US citizen, and for that we congratulate him! Herick and his wife have one young daughter.

 
Alex Pell
Lead Carpenter
Alex grew up in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado. His passion for construction goes way back. At age 11 he learned how to use his fathers power tools and created a working dog sled from scrap wood and an old pair of skis. His construction career began in 2000, where he started as an apprentice carpenter. Since then he has been mainly a rough and finish carpenter, with some experience in most other construction trades, bringing a well balanced skill set to his projects.

 
Michael Woodward
Lead Carpenter
We waited patiently for Michael to finish up a large project before we were able to hire him and it was worth the wait. From the start, his respect for quality building and continually positive attitude has impressed us and clients alike. When he's not working in the field he enjoys spending time with his son and watching him grow.

 
Karla Barahona
Carpenter
Karla Barahona was born and raised in San Jose. She attended UC Santa Cruz doing most of her work and studies in Sculpture and Theater where she found a love for designing and building. After graduating, Karla struggled to live as an artist and found that her passion for design and building was met within the field of carpentry, leading her to make the decision to enroll at Laney College and become a certified Carpenter. Her portfolio has now expanded, showing her carpentry skills in both theater and in homes. She has a passion for the arts and seeks to make every home a personal sanctuary. She is still attending Laney college and is excited to be a part of FB Design Build. Outside of work, Karla enjoys dancing, playing sports, traveling, and getting lost in the process of assembling her works of art.

Education: Laney College; B.A. in Metal Sculpture, UC Santa Cruz

 
Martin Cigarroa
Carpenter
Martin was born in Mexico City but has lived in the US for decades. A hard worker on the jobsite, he still manages to maintain a cheerful attitude and a love of carpentry. He is a huge NASCAR fan and can be found following every race.

 
Chris Berrones
Carpenter
Chris found his career in carpentry through his passion for art and design. While attending CCSF he also worked in galleries as an art framer. These experiences gave him a solid foundation on the importance of good craftsmanship and design, and the role both have in the building process. When he's not working he loves backpacking and being outdoors with his friends, wife, and little girl.