While Trillium Dell clients are all unique individuals, they share at least two things in common: they care deeply about the world that we are preserving and building, and they love the aesthetic and beauty of wood. Some of the people we help are: Preservationists, stewards of precious buildings, Architects who care about both true sustainability and the experience of environmental art, Homeowners who care about place, natural beauty, design and carbon footprint, Owners of existing timber or glulam frames that need repair. Developers who care about longevity and appearance, and Contractors who serve any of these people.

Rick Collins

Founder & CEO

Rick Collins, founder and CEO of Trillium Dell, is a timber frame expert. He is experienced in authentic restoration & preservation, and in visionary buildings that inspire as sculpture.

Rick is a master carpenter, with a background in metalwork and mechanics. He is a historian, educator, writer, and a small farmer. A Union Journeyworker Carpenter, and one of only 20 registered Journeyworker Timber Framers in North America, Rick has a BS in Forest Science from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana and served in the USMCR as a combat engineer- studying engineering and building science for six years. He is a self-taught scholar in the methods and tooling that were used by the Europeans who settled the Midwest from the 1600s-1800s to build barns, churches and public buildings that still stand today.

His interest in history, mastery of traditional tooling & techniques, and decades of experience as a student & builder on multiple continents provides him a unique perspective that bridges many disciplines. He writes, teaches and presents his insight and passion at workshops, museums, and conferences around the world.

Keith Weglarz

Project Manager

Keith has a Bachelor of Science/Advanced Technical Studies-Construction Management from Southern Illinois University and an Associated General Contractors and a Building Inspector License for the State of Illinois. He provides managerial oversight on our projects that includes pre-construction estimating, budgeting, scheduling, progress measurement, and on-site supervision of subcontractors and self-perform work, site safety, and city and 3rd party consultant inspections. In more than 19 years of experience he has assumed direct management of over 1.5 million s.f. and 300 million dollars worth of both residential and commercial construction projects.

Brian David

Production Manager

Since 2017 Brian has overseen our production and construction processes to ensure that they flow smoothly and efficiently. He has a BS in Construction Engineering Technology from the University of Southern Mississippi and an AAS in Architecture from Illinois Central College. He has completed coursework in Construction Safety, Soils and Foundations, Construction Law, Surveying and HR and Operations Management. He has managed large scale commercial projects, the design and building of high-specification custom homes and a lot in between. He is also a very challenging opponent in table tennis.

Steve Lawrence

Organizational Strategist

Steve has been the recipient of more than dozen awards that recognize his craft and leadership in the timberframe industry, he has been a director of the Timber Framers Guild since 2015 and has also served as the Director of the Carpenter’s Fellowship in the UK. For ten years, Steve was the COO of Macdonald & Lawrence Timber Framing Ltd, in British Columbia, a company that designed and produced complex commercial timber work internationally. He is the author of numerous articles and presentations, specializing in Logistics/Project Planning as well as topics as diverse as Safe Methods for Work at Height and Traditional Timber Conversion.

Will Denton

Site Manager & Journeyworker Timberframer

Will has been with Trillium Dell since January of 2014. Part of the first graduating class of the American College of the Building Arts, he is one of a handful in the country that hold a Bachelors of Applied Science with a major in Timber Framing. Will is passionate about timberframing, education and teaching. He is an active member of the Timber Framers Guild (TFG), has organized and led complex volunteer projects/raisings for them. He is vocal member of the ATP, PDP (apprentice training program, professional development program) and the TFG Projects Committee, and speaks to groups regarding project management and heavy timber construction.

Joe Miller

Ph.D., P.E., P.Eng.
Partner in structural analysis and design

Joe Miller, Ph.D., P.E., P.Eng., is our go-to partner in structural analysis and design. Joe received a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, a master’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Wyoming, and a doctorate in philosophy of civil engineering from Michigan Technological University. He is a licensed professional engineer in multiple states and provinces and participates in multiple trade and professional groups. His research on key laminated beams and the strength of wooden dowels has significantly advanced the acceptance of timber frame construction among engineers and code officials. He is a partner with Fire Tower Engineered Timber.