Oxbow Design Build is committed to a set of guiding principles that direct our business decisions and policies. We refer to these ideologies as ARCS, representing Aesthetics, Resiliency, Community, and Sustainability.
We pride ourselves on our craftsmanship and attention to detail. Our shop is a creative and innovative environment, where the quality of our work is held in the highest regard.
As a small business that has transitioned into a worker-owned co-op, we are devoted to creating a just and equitable workplace. This gives us a strong sense of ownership and commitment to our work.
We are devoted to supporting, serving, and empowering the many communities in which we are a part in accordance with co-operative values and principles. Our principles are rooted in the ideals of co-operation, mutuality. and solidarity.
As part of our commitment to the continued health of the environment, we take a holistic approach to sustainable building and fabrication practices to reduce our environmental impact.
Easthampton Mill Buildings
We are a worker owned cooperative working out of the revitalized Easthampton Mill District.
Member-Owner, Project Manager
Carl has over fifteen years of professional experience working as a builder, fabricator, and project manager. Prior to the founding of Oxbow in 2015, Carl developed advanced fabrication experience by managing high-budget, singular projects in New York City as a lead fabricator. He spent much of his time in NYC working with CNC machinery and other advanced fabrication techniques. Prior to and while residing in NYC, Carl was instrumental in projects ranging from conventional residential construction to the installation of large scale commercial alternative energy systems. Most of these projects have been community-driven endeavors with a clear focus on sustainable, efficient, and ethical building. His experience with advanced fabrication techniques, material properties, and project management are all valuable assets to our partnership. In addition to his work at Oxbow, Carl currently is a board member for the Valley Alliance of Worker Cooperatives, of which Oxbow is a member. Carl is a licensed Home Improvement Contractor and a licensed Construction Supervisor.
Chris Millette was born and raised in Northampton, right here in the Pioneer Valley. He brings over fifteen years of experience in design and construction to our team. Chris received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Alfred University in 2008, and a Master of Science degree in Design & Historic Preservation from UMass Amherst in 2016. To learn more about sustainable lifestyles and construction, Chris lived in Italy for a number of years where he worked on organic farms and studied traditional building techniques. His artistic background, creative problem-solving, and attention to detail are all valuable assets to our coop. Chris performs several roles at Oxbow Design Build, including architectural design, project management and estimation, fabrication, and construction.
Noah is a New York and Massachusetts Registered Architect who has geared his practice towards advanced digital fabrication, building information modeling, and prefabrication, all with an eye toward creating a more sustainable and aesthetically pleasing built environment at a lower cost. He has designed at a wide variety of scales and for an extremely diverse array of programs and received his Master of Architecture degree at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn.
Member-Owner, Site Supervisor
Meng grew up locally in Florence, MA. He has been working with Oxbow since they originally formed as an LLC. Once the company transitioned to a Worker-Owned Cooperative, he was among the first to be added as a member owner. Meng mostly works on site doing housing renovations, but has been known to help with just about any project that comes along.
Member-Owner, Office Manager
Charity has an Associates Degree in Science Information and Technology from Holyoke Community College. She has been attempting to herd the cats at Oxbow Design Build for some time now and she loves her job. As a member-owner she knows her contributions to the cooperative are valued and her administrative expertise is respected. She also creates art in various mediums when not working.
Shop Project Manager
Justin is a longtime Easthampton resident and UMass Amherst alum. As a former small business owner Justin’s background is in project management, creative development, and team training and coordination. Outside of work, you might catch him gardening or winning an ice cream eating contest. Justin serves a variety of functions as Shop Project Manager including estimating, modeling, design implementation, and occasionally swinging a hammer.
Construction Project Manager
Marcus is a son of Western Mass and a dedicated father with a BA from American International College in Springfield, MA. Growing up in a family of residential general contractors, carpentry and construction has been in Marcus’s blood since he was a child. As a Union Carpenter for nearly 20 years, Marcus also had the honor to be elected and serve on the Executive Board of the Western Mass Local to the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners for 3 terms lasting 9 years. Being a project manager and construction consultant for the past 10 years has driven him to top quality construction companies, such as Oxbow Design Build where he calls home. Marcus is a licensed Construction Supervisor.
Emily has a BFA in Sculpture from UMass Amherst. She has always been interested in making things and getting dirty, which led her to construction. She has a passion for finished concrete, a skill learned from a previous job. Emily has her Construction Supervisor License and is excited to continue to grow with the company.
Shop Finisher & Carpenter
Wendy grew up on a Massachusetts farm, nurturing her love of nature, the beauty of wood and working with her hands. Choosing wood shop over home economics in school, she was often the sole girl in her class. Her first job was in the finishing department of a high end furniture manufacturer, where she became the youngest Finishing Foreman in company history at the age of 18. Over the years Wendy has worked at large and small furniture and cabinet shops, with private work published in a national magazine. In 2011, she spent 5 yrs in precision tool manufacturing, once again the only woman in her department. With over 35 yrs finishing experience, her experience includes millwork and assembly, and occasionally leaves her dungeon for site work. Wendy joined the Oxbow family in 2019 as a temporary employee and is now a full time member.
Site & Millwork Carpenter
Aaron is a native of north country New York, born in 1985. A traveling tradesman, he has worked throughout North America. Aaron enjoys being in nature and changing landscapes, as well as working with his hands and listening to audio books.
Junior Project Manager
Tiffany was locally born & raised. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Mathematics from Smith College in 2010, and her Associate of Science degree in Engineering from Greenfield Community College in 2014. Tiffany started at Oxbow in March 2022 after five years working for a large corporation, and greatly appreciates the learning opportunities and personal recognition of being part of a small business. “It’s great to work for people who care about more than just making money.” She appreciates the flexible schedule and opportunity to work from home, and has embraced the pandemic-hermit lifestyle. Outside of work, Tiffany enjoys making things and loving on her two cats.
Jeff is a NH native and came to woodworking through a lifelong love of the tactile and the harmonious. He joined Oxbow in early 2023 after apprenticing for several years under a gentleman carpenter in Providence, where he developed a taste for finish work and historic home restoration. Jeff is loving working as part of a larger team and exploring the Happy Valley through the lens of local design and construction old and new. A natural family man who recently welcomed his first child, a baby girl, into his family this fall!
Sustainability Development Coordinator – Site Carpenter
Ben grew up in North Carolina and Connecticut and has a BA in Philosophy. After college, he spent some beautiful and formative years in the rust belt cities of St. Louis and Cleveland – farming, working in Catholic Worker communities, and joyfully scraping by. He cut his teeth in construction with Chris Magwood at the Endeavour Centre in Peterborough, Ontario and at Kent Hicks Construction here in western Mass. His days in the field keep him limber and humble. As Sustainable Development Coordinator, he aspires to wrangle a wholesome dream out of the construction industry: provision of great housing to poor and working class people, and building techniques that nurture both our local ecologies and our increasingly fragile climate.
Originally from Cape Cod, Cole is an alum of both Hampshire College and Princeton University where he received his Master of Architecture. After beginning his career in New York and New Jersey, he is excited to be back in the Pioneer Valley. His interest in architecture is driven by his passion for providing thoughtful design solutions to address our changing climate. He is currently pursuing his architecture license.
Site Carpenter Assistant
Jean is a true “Jack of all trades,” transitioning from professional sports and youth mentorship to a burgeoning career in woodworking and carpentry at Oxbow Design Build. His self-taught skill set includes an array of handcrafted projects, from unique live edge shelves to complex structural work with LVL beams. Jean’s diverse background fuels his passion for craftsmanship, showcasing his commitment to quality and design.
Originally from Colorado, Dara grew up learning basic woodworking from their Dad in his workshop. Having worked in Admin for three years after graduating from CU Boulder, they are excited to be back in the shop helping out wherever needed!
Maebh grew up playing around shops and job sites, realizing from an early age the joy of building something with their own hands. Since then they’ve grown into a bit of a dilettante, adventuring down lots of different paths, but always coming back to construction. When they’re not working Maebh loves to draw, hike, sculpt, read, and fuss. They live to learn new things and grow their skills, drinking in knowledge whenever and wherever they can.
Site & Millwork Assistant
Annie entered the world of construction early on in the pandemic, inspired to change their career and take on new and interesting challenges. Before that, they worked for 10 seasons on an organic vegetable farm in Western Mass doing field work and managing distribution. They have a love of tangible, practical skills and being able to apply the things they learn from working to help take care of themself and others. When they’re not building houses they are most likely playing with their dogs, making loud, colorful art projects, or hanging up copious amounts of flowers for drying.