Paul Connolly, APLD


Paul received a BFA in Graphic Design from the Rochester Institute of Technology and is a licensed contractor with 25 years of experience in the landscape industry. His extensive training in art and design, combined with his hands-on knowledge and understanding of construction has enabled Paul to create some of the finest landscapes in southern Arizona. Recognized as a leader in the industry, Paul has received numerous awards for his creative and sustainable landscape designs, including being named ‘2013 International Landscape Designer of the Year’ by the Association of Professional Landscape Designers. “Establishing relationships between people, architecture and nature” is a philosophy Paul developed to describe his approach to design and business. Creating a space to fit each individual home and homeowner is an important aspect of his designs. Equally important is building trusting relationships with homeowners, employees, suppliers and tradespeople. At Sundrea Design/Build we strive for the highest level of quality workmanship, management and communication. Paul realizes his high standards are met by surrounding himself with the best installation crew in the industry. We can design and build just about anything and no job is too big or too small, as long as quality and professionalism is the goal.

Jason Mellinger

Project Specialist

Jason is a Tucson native and former design student of Paul’s. Joining Sundrea in 2011, his keen eye for detail is invaluable to achieving the high standards expected by our discerning clients. With over 10 years of experience in the landscape industry, Jason is able to combine his affection for plants and the outdoors with his passion for art and design. At Sundrea Design/Build, he is able to utilize his wide range of talents from horticulture and irrigation to masonry and metalwork; and from landscape design and estimating to creating custom artwork.

Scott Moore

Project Specialist

Prior to Sundrea Design/Build, Scott owned and operated his own masonry company and had worked with Paul as a sub-contractor for over ten years. Given the opportunity to work as an employee of Sundrea in 2012, Scott’s area of expertise continues to be masonry and concrete, but he has since been able to expand his skills to include planting, irrigation, lighting, metal fabrication and all aspects of landscaping. Scott operates all tools and equipment, helps with estimating and ordering materials, and enjoys meeting and working with our wonderful clients.

Mark Hiemstra

Project Specialist

Mark has over 30 years of experience in masonry and is also skilled in concrete, stucco, rough carpentry, plants, irrigation and lighting. He has been at Sundrea since 2012, focusing predominately on masonry and helping out with all aspects of landscaping. Affectionately nicknamed ‘Mark-Gyver’ by the crew, Mark is well respected for his problem-solving talents on complex projects.

Eric Rosales

Project Specialist

Eric has over 15 years of landscaping experience in Tucson. In 2013 he joined Sundrea where his knowledge and hard work are appreciated. Eric is organized and has excellent customer service skills. He is self-motivated and comfortable working on his own or with a crew, always taking pride in his work whether it’s a simple clean-up job or complicated planting project.

Skip Garman

Crew Member

Every job needs a doer, and Skip is just that. Having recently moved from Denver to Tucson, Skip joined Sundrea in June of 2020. He has spent his time under the tutelage of both Eric Rosales and Jason Mellinger, learning fast and putting in the work. Skip comes to work every day with a can-do attitude and a willingness to learn something new. In a life-changing quest for reinvention, Skip gets real gratification from seeing jobs all the way through and appreciating what he calls “The Sundrea Difference” at the completion of each job.

Danine Becraft

Administrative Manager

Danine has spent most of her life in Tucson, however she had nomadic periods and lived in 6 different states and 7 cities. She started her administrative career as a temporary receptionist and worked her way up to over 30 years of experience. She loves to learn new skills and gain knowledge, never passing up an opportunity to acquire both. As an older adult she attended Pima Community College and was elected into Who’s Who Among Students in American Junior Colleges. Danine came to Sundrea in the Spring of 2019 and accepted the challenge of re-organizing, updating procedures and establishing a more efficient office. As Sundrea’s Administrative Manager, she is especially proud of her abilities to problem solve, create innovative processes, and forge positive relationships with co-workers and clients.

Dominic Sample

Administrative Assistant

Dominic came to Sundrea Design/Build in June of 2020. He began his training with Project Specialist Jason Mellinger with a focus on irrigation and other types of installations. He then joined Scott Moore’s team where he trained in masonry. As of January 2021, Dominic moved to the office where he assists Danine Becraft and is learning administrative work. Dominic is a full time student at the University of Arizona studying architecture and business in addition to his work with Sundrea. Dominic can be placed in any job position and exceeds the standards given due to his work ethic, communication, honesty and integrity.