Mark Shope

"The Philosopher"

33 Years Industry Experience
14 Years With Ascent

 "Optimism is a Force Multiplier" 


I married my high school sweetheart and we have three kids with great personalities.  We enjoy family and having the kids over for a meal on Sundays.

Giving back to the industry is important and I have enjoyed teaching part-time at nights for Sacramento State Construction Management for the past few years.  Coaching the Construction Management competition teams in regional and national events has been a blast.  In 2008 our Team – Commercial Division won the National Championship (it was in Vegas).  How Fun! 


I love to get in the outdoors and enjoy hiking, backpacking and mountaineering.  Climbing Raineer, Aconcagua and Denali were incredible experiences.  Staying a week at 17,000 ft in Denali high camp in a below zero arctic storm creates memories.  Fast cars are a blast and restoring muscle cars has taught me to be handy with simple mechanical tools.  The best benefit is burning rubber of course.


Since I was a kid, building forts, playing with Tonka toys and making roads and dams was my idea of fun.  Going to school in Engineering further kindled my interest in how things are built.  My first taste of the construction industry came during college courtesy of my brother, who helped me become a Journeyman carpenter.  By the time I graduated, the choice between a desk job designing buildings or a job in the field building them was easy…and I have never looked back.  I had a wonderful 17 year stint with Rudolph and Sletten before founding Ascent Builders.  It was an exciting time learning my craft and advancing from a Project Engineer to running the Sacramento Division of the company.

I have been blessed to be involved in many exciting projects and industries over the last 25 years.  From simple single use buildings to complex Manufacturing or Research and Development projects, I always take the time during a project to learn about the industry and Client and that makes the job fun!  The more challenging a project is, the more interesting the solution.  It is hard to believe I have been involved in projects worth half-a-billion dollars in Northern California.  Is that bragging?  Some of my favorites:

  • The Money Store, Sacramento
  • Central Library & Parking Structure, Sacramento
  • American Savings Plaza, Stockton
  • Hewlett Packard R-21, Roseville
  •  Digital Technology Laboratory, Davis 


  • U.C. Davis, BS Civil Engineering
  • Anderson High (Anderson, CA).

Community Organizations:

  • YMCA
  • Rebuilding Together 
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