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David E. MacLellan

David Maclellan

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

It is with deep sadness that we deliver to you the heartbreaking news of the death of our founder and dear friend, Dave MacLellan. After a two year battle with pancreatic cancer, Dave passed away September 22, 2016, surrounded by his family and closest friends.

Dave MacLellan was truly an extraordinary person. When President Dwight Eisenhower signed Daveís Eagle Scout card, Dave became the youngest Eagle Scout in America. Dave graduated from Penn State University with a Bachelorís degree in Chemical Engineering and a Masterís degree in Fuel Technology. For his Masterís thesis on combustion chamber design Dave received the prestigious Centennial Fellow award from Penn State. In 1969, Dave started his career in the homebuilding industry as an apartment and home builder and went on to win AIA, ULI, and MAME awards. Dave continued his career in the industry as a building consultant and author. Dave wrote books on building performance guidelines and homeowner maintenance that have become the standards of the industry. Dave also started Pacific InterWest Building Consultants, a successful third party inspection company. Dave sold the company and retired in 2015. Daveís contributions to the industry were recognized in 2011 when he was inducted into the California Homebuilding Hall of Fame.

Dave will be greatly missed.

A celebration of Daveís life will be held at 2:00 PM on Sunday, October 30th at the Lafayette Veterans Memorial Building, 3780 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Lafayette, California 94549.


David Maclellan
Glen Martin,

Experienced Home Building Consultants

After a prolonged recession, the recent upswing in real estate activity has provided long-awaited opportunity for those in the homebuilding industry. As design consultants, homebuilders, tradesmen, and suppliers gear up to meet the renewed housing demand, they are challenged to find experienced human resources at all levels. Given that the consumersí expectations of quality are higher than ever, the industry is facing an unprecedented challenge that will have long-term consequences. While the most pressing matter today of finding the personnel to design, build, and manage these projects is significant, the more significant issue is that of quality control. Putting emphasis on training personnel, focusing on established policies or adopting new practices, reinforcing quality control procedures, and finding ways to deliver and communicate the message of quality to the consumer is the best strategy for success today.

At Pacific InterWest Building Consultants Inc., our roots in the homebuilding industry run deep. The men and women of our company share a major commitment to make our quality control programs, our seminar training series, and our home building industry publications the most cost-effective tools a homebuilder can use to achieve a higher level of product quality.

Our products and services include:

  • Architectural & Accessibility Plan Reviews (PPRs)
  • Construction Inspections
  • Property Condition Assessment Reports (PCAR)
  • Waterproofing Design Consultation
  • HOA Turnover Inspections
  • HOA Maintenance Manuals
  • HOA Periodic Maintenance Surveys
  • Home Building Industry Publications
  • Surrounding Property Surveys
  • Training
  • Construction Draw Processing/Investor Reports
  • SWPPP Compliance
  • HERS Testing
  • ADA Inspections
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