Rex grew up in a small town in northeastern Pennsylvania. He also lived in Phoenix, AZ and in Seattle, WA before deciding to make Portland home. He has an AAS in Architectural Design & Drafting plus 10 years’ experience working closely with architects, designers, engineers, and builders. He also has 14 years working with both European style cabinetry and traditional face frame cabinetry. Rex loves bicycling, hiking, gardening and remodeling his 1927 English cottage.
You’ve been brought on as Versatile’s first-ever Custom Design Manager. Tell us about what your areas of responsibility will be.
Rex: I’ll be working closely with our sales and production teams. Determining best design-build requirements for all of our products including doors, cabinets, sash, windows, furniture and store fronts etc. Creating processes and drafting standards for clear precise shop drawings to ensure the best product possible on a timely basis. I’ll also be hiring a couple more drafters in the very near future to meet our ever increasing growth demands!
You have a background in Architectural drafting and cabinetry design. What aspects of Versatile’s work and process are most similar to your previous work? What’s the most different?
Rex: It really ties both of my prior lives together. Plus the satisfaction that comes with being part of the superior well-crafted products that we are known for. With an added opportunity to put together a creative team that can adapt to the demands of our fast paced growth.
What inspires you about custom manufacture?
Rex: I love that every project is unique!
Describe one of your favorite past projects. What were the challenges? What were some of the features that made it memorable?
Rex: It’s difficult to choose! I guess it would be either the Block House Cafe casework and furniture in Dayton, OR, or the Witherspoon Building store-fronts downtown. Both of these projects were beautifully designed and had unique sets of sight specific challenges to overcome. The Block House Cafe project included a 10 foot tall back bar made of Eastern Black Walnut. With the added challenge of concealing all the seismic bracing requirements. The counter and table tops were all made of reclaimed fir from the original floor joists!
What are the top 3 things on your “bucket list?”
Rex: Travel, travel, travel! I want to see everything but I want my next stops to be either the Acropolis, the Pyramids, a cruise through the Panama or the Mediterranean…or to just see the northern lights! I also have a pact with my partner to bike the coast from BC to Mexico!