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Local Builder Starts His Own Business

July 15, 2008

By Isabelle Dills, The Bellingham Herald, Wash.

Jul. 15–Each week The Bellingham Herald takes a closer look at a business. This week: Architectural Elements.

What’s new: Architectural Elements began three months ago by Joe Clark. Clark has 10 years of experience in metal fabrication and two years experience in custom-home building. He said he decided to start his own business because he had a desire to do creative work and design, and see a project through from start to finish.

What it does: Designs, builds and installs artistic and architectural products for homes and businesses. Some of the residential products the business has built include railings, light fixtures, metal countertops, arbors and gazebos. Clark said he has extensive work experience in building with hard woods, plastics, glass, aluminum, brass, steel, bronze and copper.

Ownership: Husband and wife team Joe Clark and Sheila Clark.

Marketplace: The business focuses on individual homeowners, but also has the experience in building and installing products for commercial and industrial clients.

Employees: Joe Clark does the design, building and installation, and Sheila Clark is the accountant. There are no other employees.

Claim to fame: Owner Joe Clark built the support structure for Christopher Morrison’s glass sculpture, “Heliconia Growing,” which is the large, elaborate piece that hangs inside Village Books in Fairhaven. One of the biggest projects Clark said he ever worked on was for Mall Vision, a multimedia marketing company that provides advertising kiosks with plasma TV screens in malls.

Clark said he developed three models for the company and built 30 units which were distributed in malls nationwide including one at Bellis Fair mall.

Is there a local business you’re interested in learning more about? Reach Isabelle Dills at 715-2220 or isabelle.dills@bellinghamherald.com.

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