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Founded by Mr. Aart Van Wingerden in 1972, Van Wingerden Greenhouse Company is the industry leader. His son, Richard Van Wingerden, acquired the company in the early 1980’s. Richard has worked for the company almost from inception.

VWGC continues to grow and offer a full design service and product line to all segments of the horticultural and agricultural industries. We have the flexibility to meet the special needs of each customer, including institutional and research facilities. We design our structures and systems to be cost-effective for growers yet provide the quality demanded by institutional markets.

Richard L. Worley, AIA Architect

Project Manager

  • Registered Architect: North Carolina and Minnesota
  • Member of: American Institute of Architects - National
  • American Institute of Architects - North Carolina
  • National Council of Architectural Registration Boards
  • National Fire Prevention Association

Richard L. Worley currently maintains his architectural practice and is also employed by Van Wingerden Greenhouse Company. In his architectural practice, beginning in 1982 he has designed many projects including churches, office buildings, banks, motels, hospitals, residences, manufacturing facilities, greenhouses, etc. He worked as a consultant for VWGC from 1977 until 1993. His specialized area includes structural/glazing design analysis on various styles of greenhouses and system component designs. He has managed new product development, greenhouse design, manufacturing and construction for the company. Mr. Worley is the company's representative to the National Greenhouse Manufacturers Association.

Douglas Whitney

Design Supervisor

Douglas Whitney has worked with Van Wingerden Greenhouse Company since 1993. Prior to coming to VWGC Doug was employed by Daniels-Worley Architectural Associates. He began as a designer/draftsman and is currently the Design Supervisor for our CAD Department. Doug is responsible for Proposal Drawings, Design Drawings, Shop Drawings, Construction Drawings and Research and Development Design Drawings. He supervises three additional CAD Designers/Draftspeople in his department. His responsibilities include structural/glazing design analysis on various styles of greenhouses, system component designs including venting, water control, mechanized systems, etc. He provides assistance with new product development, greenhouse design, manufacturing and construction for the company.

Josh Hamill

Design Engineer

Josh has worked with Van Wingerden Greenhouse Company since 2011. Prior to coming to VWGC Josh graduated from UNC-Charlotte with a degree in Civil engineering. Previous experience includes working at Metrolina Greenhouse Co. in Huntersville, NC. Josh has joined the VWGC design team to assist with greenhouse design with a focus specifically in the areas of heating, controls, and irrigation design.

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