LAUPEN HOMES LLC is owned and operated by Cory Eckert who has been building and remodeling homes for over 22 years.
Throughout the early 1990’s, Cory operated Applecreek Construction, a company based in Portland, Oregon, whose primary focus was framing new homes and doing small remodels. After moving to Olympia in 1997, Cory worked for two of Olympia’s premier builders, Hamilton Properties and The Artisans Group. At both businesses, he was employed as an on-site supervisor and Production Manager, building some of Olympia’s finest custom homes and remodels while garnering awards from Olympia Master Builders’ Tour of Homes, and several REX (Remodeling Excellence Award).
Cory’s ability to manage complex projects was put to the test in 2003 when he served as President of Mud Bay Water. He oversaw the planning and rebuilding of the entire water system, which incorporated a salmon spawning stream, and required negotiating permits from the county, several state agencies, and the Saxon Indian Tribe. The project also involved securing two federal funding sources totaling $1,370,000.00. In 2007 the EPA awarded the Mud Bay Water system with an “Excellence in Protecting Public Health” award.
Cory established Laupen in 2008 to fill a niche in the Olympia area, a construction business whose focus was to build energy efficient, sustainable homes. Cory became a member of the Northwest Eco Builders Guild, South Puget Sound Chapter, and is currently building the first residence in Olympia to incorporate LEED standards. LEED is an acronym for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, a certification program of the U.S. Green Building Council.
Always looking for new challenges and experiences, Cory made his building insights accessible to a broader audience by authoring two articles on construction management for the trade magazine, “The Journal of Light Construction.” He is also a member of the Construction Advisory Committee for New Market Skills Center in Tumwater, Washington.
When not on the job, you will find Cory traveling with his family, backpacking the Cascades, or skiing at White Pass where he is a volunteer ski patrolman.