Company Overview

Strider has been a heavy civil contractor for over 30 years specializing in Roadway and Site Improvements, Underground Utilities, Bridges, Environmental Remediation, and Water and Waste Treatment Facilities. We currently perform an average of $40M of heavy civil construction each year for both public and private sector clients, predominantly in the State of Washington. Our projects range in size from less than $100K to over $20M, and with qualifications up to $65M of contract work for WSDOT alone.

Strider is committed to providing our clients with more than just construction. We approach every project as a partner to the Owner (and their representative engineers) by exploring value engineering options, identifying potential constructability issues, and being part of the solution when problems invariably surface during the course of the work. This is a direct benefit to our clients and has proven successful for our company.

Strider is a known and proven entity in the State of Washington. We have continuously demonstrated to our private and public clients our:

  • ability to perform the contracted work on time and under budget.
  • responsiveness to change and uncertainty (flexibility).
  • proactive nature relative to changes in project conditions.
  • willingness to partner in the solution (value engineering).
  • fairness in dealing with change, delay and other impacts to the project.
  • responsiveness to the political/regulatory aspects of the projects.
  • commitment to a high level of safety, as demonstrated by our Washington State Department of Labor & Industries Experience Modification Factor of 0.66.

Strider has been involved in some of the most complex projects in Washington State. In our experience the greatest opportunity to reduce cost occurs during the planning stages of a project. Strider has the experience and knowledge necessary to assist in this process. Once Strider has joined your team we can review the project from both an engineering and constructability perspective. We currently have three (3) Licensed Professional Engineers on staff and numerous resources for solving the most complex constructability issues. If you are planning a project or entering the construction phase we would like the opportunity to present our services.

Operations Staff

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President, CEO
James (Jim) Gebhardt, PE

Mr. Gebhardt started his construction career with Wilder Construction (Bellingham, WA) after receiving his Masters Degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Washington (1982). In 1987 he pioneered Wilder’s environmental (more...)

remediation efforts. With rapid growth, this specialty work soon became a separate operating division, Wilder Environmental for which he was named Division Manager. With Wilder Environmental, he had full charge responsibility for bidding and constructing all remediation projects (and many large-scale heavy civil projects) with contract volumes averaging over $30 Million annually and in excess of $160 Million during his tenure as Division Manager. Mr. Gebhardt managed offices and operations in Oregon, Idaho, Washington and Alaska.

In 1996, driven by the desire for increased ownership, Mr. Gebhardt left Wilder and purchased a major share of Strider Construction (Bellingham, WA). In 1999 he became the President and General Manager of Strider Construction Co., Inc. He is also principal-in-charge of Engineering and Environmental Projects. Present heavy civil construction and environmental remediation annual contract amounts totals in excess of $30 Million, with projects all over Washington and Oregon. Strider is proud to have such satisfied customers as BNSF Railways, WSDOT, numerous Cities, Towns and Ports, and many private sector clients throughout the Northwest.

Mr. Gebhardt is also a retired Colonel, U.S. Air Force Reserve. He is currently active in the community on the boards of the local YMCA and American Red Cross, and a member of the Transportation Commission and Public Works Advisory Board for the City of Bellingham.

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Chief Financial Officer
Jay Van Wingerden, CPA

Mr. Van Wingerden began with Strider as a consultant during business formation in 1988, in 1989 he became the general manager and the treasurer in 1995. Prior experience/education include Public Accounting - Moss Adams, and a bachelor’s degree (more...)

in Finance and Accounting from Western Washington University.

An advocate of community, Jay has been involved with youth sports and supporting local non-profits. A lifelong resident, Jay enjoys the Bellingham outdoors as a golfer, runner, and cyclist. Jay and his wife have three children and two grandchildren.

Professional Memberships and Boards: AICPA and WSCPA; WCYSA (Eastside President); Boys and Girls Club (Executive board)

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Operations Manager
Kyle Gebhardt, PE

After graduating from Oregon State University with a bachelor of science degree in Civil Engineering, Kyle was commissioned in the United States Air Force and served four years, stationed in Anchorage, Alaska. His experience in the 3rd Civil Engineering Squadron (more...)

and tour in Iraq provided a foundation and skillset which allowed Kyle to transition seamlessly into the Strider team. Since coming on with Strider, Kyle has steadily progressed and in addition to select project management duties, Kyle is currently in charge of all Operations.

Over several years, Kyle has served in different capacities within the Strider organization as project engineer, safety officer and project manager. Having successfully managed a variety of heavy civil construction projects including large scale site work and utility installations, environmental remediation, and downtown restoration and infrastructure improvements; Kyle’s ability to take on new challenges make him an invaluable team member. Kyle is a licensed Professional Engineer.

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Principal Estimator
Darren Mullen

Mr. Mullen has been with Strider Construction since 1997 as a project manager and estimator. He has an additional 9 years of experience in the construction industry with other firms in the Northwest. Strider Construction tends to look for challenging projects with the aim of obtaining good results for both the owner and Strider.  (more...)

Working through college in the construction industry helped shape Mr. Mullen’s perspective on how a project may be approached and different ways to construct them. Mr. Mullen has been deeply involved with projects that include all aspects of utility installation, dewatering, shoring, structures, bridges, mass excavations, remediation projects, streams and river by-passes among other scopes. He has successful experience working with public and private owners. Through the estimating process several value engineering options arise and Strider presents and implements those options to owners with the possibility of costs savings, schedule acceleration, or both.  Mr. Mullen has estimated and managed projects up to 20 million dollars; his focus now is primarily obtaining and estimating work in Washington, Idaho and Oregon. Mr. Mullen has developed great working relationships with public agencies and engineers, BP, BNSF and others.

Mr. Mullen enjoys the outdoors, fishing, horses, German Shepherds and family activities. He resides in Whatcom County.