Archive for the ‘Professional’ Category

Tuesday, July 13th, 2010

The focus of GR Plume Company is to form a bridge between the Design Professional and the Builder. We have spent the last twenty years redefining the role of heavy timber in today’s construction vocabulary. Architectural Millwork moves from Heavy Timber Construction to Architectural Woodwork while providing mass, structure and nonpareil appearance.

As a manufacturer of heavy timber materials, we specialize in the fabrication of innovative architecturally specified timber projects. Honoring the beauty of the wood, each timber is carefully hand-selected for appearance and positioning, then milled to project specifications. Fabrication takes place in a controlled shop environment with precision and skill. Finished packages can include fully jointed timbers, brackets and fasteners, ready for erection by others. The GR Plume Company sets the standard for integrating the beauty of the natural wood into today’s architecture with ingenious solutions, insightful collaborations and a thorough understanding of wood and its applications.

Gordon D. Plume, President and Chief Operations Officer

Sunday, July 11th, 2010

Gordon Plume brings over fifty years experience in the construction industry, with nearly thirty years dedicated to timber construction. An accomplished craftsman, he began his lifelong construction in 1957 as a stone mason. Throughout the years he has built custom windows and doors, crafted fireplaces and stonework, provided expertise in the building of numerous private cabin, homes, estates, and contributed to the design of commercial facilities-many of which have included parks and bridges.  Long time Paul Harris Rotarian, Gordon is active in community service and an avid runner.

Robin W. Plume, Secretary-Treasurer and Chief Financial Officer

Saturday, July 10th, 2010

Robin Plume also brings many years of experience in the construction industry. Beginning as a payroll clerk for Frank J. Rooney Construction in Florida in the early seventies, she maintained her focus on the building trades as she advanced through the various aspects of business management: accounting, Human Resources, sales and growth along with project/contract management. She is a long time supporter of Worker Training and Youth Services and is currently serving her second term as Business Representative on the Northwest Workforce Council. An extreme gardener, she often uses the garden as a background to hostess various benefits functions for the community.


Wednesday, February 24th, 2010

GR Plume assists the architect at each stage of a project, providing current product information and offering innovative solutions and ongoing budget information.


Wednesday, February 24th, 2010

As a material provider, GR Plume strives to meet the unique parameters of each job through customization. We can provide a ready-to-install project, along with technical expertise and job site visits, to help facilitate accurate and complete installation.


Wednesday, February 24th, 2010

GR Plume works to streamline the installation process by frequently assisting with material procurement and providing value engineering expertise at each stage of a project. As a strategic partner, we focus on teamwork and building long term relationships that we can utilize again and again on different projects for different clients.


Wednesday, February 24th, 2010

GR Plume’s deep respect for the engineering process enables us to work closely with the engineer of record, sharing knowledge, skills and ideas to ensure successful execution of projects.


Wednesday, February 24th, 2010

In order to provide the most up to date information, we have included links to some of the more applicable websites to our industry.

For information on Glulam specifications, appearance applications and  structural grades go to publications.

For information on lumber grading rules for softwoods, go to publications.

For information on lumber grading rules for hardwoods, go to (American Hardwood Lumber Grades)

For information on fastenings, bolt strength and nut compatibility, go to technical information.

For additional publications on using wood in construction, go to (American Wood Council).

We also recommend the following book and publications:

The Encyclopedia of Wood, by U.S. Department of Agriculture

Understanding Wood, by R. Bruce Hoadley

Wood Design Focus, A Journal of Contemporary Wood Engineering, published by Forest Products Society, Madison WI

Wood Design & Build, published by Dovetail Communications, Inc, ON Canada


Wednesday, February 24th, 2010

GR Plume is certified by The American Plywood Association/Engineered Wood Systems (APA/EWS) for our gluing processes, as well as by the West Coast Lumber Inspection Bureau (WCLIB) for grading both green (fresh-sawn) and recycled lumber/timbers.

Other Affiliations:
Sustainable Connections
Building Industry Association of Washington
American Institute of Architects
Timber Framers Guild
Forest Products Society
Drug Free Business