In 1973, Emile Mortier started his own engineering, code consulting, and inspection service company, called Mortier Engineering. In 2000, The Building Department LCC was formed to service smaller cities and counties requiring inspections and plan review services. We currently serve over 30 jurisdictions in various capacities from plan review to full building programs including Building Official throughout Oregon, Washington, and Idaho. We provide services to as many as 50 public jurisdictions, multiple tribes, and serve as a code consultant and plan reviewer for multiple architects and developers.
Meet the Team
The Building Department Team Members
Dave Mortier, CBO
President, Building Official
Mr. Mortier is a second generation building official and plans examiner. He is an ICC Certified Building Official and serves many jurisdictions in the Willamette Valley and Oregon Coast. Dave enjoys farming and beekeeping in his spare time.
Jack Applegate, BO
Mr. Applegate is an Oregon Building Official. He splits his time between the Northern Oregon Coast and the Willamette Valley. He plan reviews for various jurisdictions throughout Oregon, Washington, and Idaho. He is our Building Department manager. Should you have a complaint, he is your man. Mr. Applegate keeps busy with his kids and their sports activities all over the state of Oregon.
Chief Electrical Inspector
Mr. Meier is our Chief Electrical inspector and plan reviewer. He brings over 40 years of experience in the electrical trade. He works with our inspectors throughout the State of Oregon. He serves in the Willamette Valley and the Oregon Coast. During football season, you can find Don at the local University of Oregon football stadium cheering on the Ducks.
Shawn Eaton, CBO
Certified Building Official
Mr. Eaton is also an ICC Certified Building Official (CBO). He serves as building official, inspector, and plan reviewer throughout the State of Oregon for both commercial and residential projects. He loves to go camping all over the North West no matter what time of the year.
Inspector, Plan Reviewer
Mr. McNeely is an inspector and plan reviewer. He serves the upper Willamette Valley.
Brandon Zipser, BO
Building Official, Residential Plans Examiner, Inspector
Mr. Zipser is a building official, residential plans examiner, and inspector. He is mainly based out of Lincoln City; however, he does plan review for Oregon and Washington.
Robert Rice, CBO
Southern Oregon Lead
Jason Bush, CBO
Northern Oregon Lead
Gary Lampella, BO
Eastern Washington Lead
Mr. Lampella is our Eastern WA Lead serving 20+ jurisdictions in the southeastern part of the state. His career in building inspections has spanned over 30 years. He was an Oregon Building Official for the past 20 years and stays up on the codes by performing plan review and inspections. He has served on several International Code Council committees as well as numerous Oregon Building Codes Division committees. He enjoys golf, fishing and playing his eight guitars. He is also a loyal Indianapolis Colts and Portland Trailblazer fan.
Marita is our Executive Secretary and HR Manager. She is our financial guru and helps us keep track of who is where and when. Marita has a pet pig named Tessa that keeps her busy when at home.
After 20 years in the design and construction industry, Michele wanted a shift in her knowledge base and quickly achieved her goal of becoming a certified Permit Technician. In her spare time she enjoys quilting and art.