Epoch Design, a sustainable wood furniture company currently based out of Redmond, Washington, broke ground last week on their future warehouse in Arlington.
Epoch’s new building located at the intersection of 59th Ave NE and 172nd St NE in Arlington will be 53,100 square feet with a 30’ clear height. “Our current building has a 24’ clear, so a taller building will allow us to have more storage without a significantly larger footprint,” said John DeRaspe, VP of Epoch Design.
Over the last few years, the team had been looking for a property to own and found a vacant three-acre lot near the Arlington airport. “This is our first time owning our own building,” says Monica DeRaspe-Bolles, CFO of Epoch Design. In their current location rent increases and zoning changes have been a concern as far as the future of their current warehouse. “There is a lot of change happening in Redmond.”
The family-owned and operated company began in 1997 with a focus on building quality, sustainable children’s furniture; something that could be passed on to friends and family. “We didn’t want to build something that would be tossed after the initial user.”
The Epoch team seems to have accomplished their goal. “We see our used furniture listed for sale online, some items 15-20 years old. People still reach out to us for missing hardware pieces as they change hands. We are thrilled to see our early work still in circulation,” says Jonathan Nordin, Operations Manager for Epoch Design.
The new warehouse will also be home to Mail Boss, the locking security mailbox division of Epoch Design, founded in 2006. With the security aspect of the Mail Boss, Epoch was able to stay fully operational through the early COVID-19 shutdowns. “Mailbox security has been especially important in the last few months with so many businesses operating from home.”
The new warehouse will follow Epoch’s Green product commitment and will feature LED lighting as well as utilize recycled concrete for fill. They will also be replacing their LP forklifts with electric units. “Our philosophy is ‘building better by design,’ and we look forward to applying that not only to the items we sell but also to our own building.”
The project team includes Ronhovde as the architect, and Sierra Construction as the general contractor.
Epoch expects to be fully operational in their new Arlington location next summer. “We are excited to be a part of the fast-growing Arlington community.”