Millwork Firm’s Form for Success
by Kaern M. Koenig, Woodworking Network
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A longtime fixture in the architectural woodwork industry, Concepts in Millwork has been recognized throughout its 35-year history for many of its high profile projects. Based in Colorado Springs, CO, the firm has drawn equal renown for its ability to provide turnkey services for a wide range of national – and international – commercial projects, including those in the healthcare, office, higher education and even government arenas.
The company also is known for projects literally in arenas. Included in Concepts in Millwork’s portfolio are projects at: Sport Authority Field at Mile High, home to football’s Denver Broncos; Pepsi Center, where NBA’s Denver Nuggets hold court; the Arizona Diamondback’s ball field, Chase Field; and Dick’s Sporting Goods Park, where the Colorado Rapids show off their soccer skills.
Concepts n Millwork’s own skill set – including design, project management and the ability to combine unlike materials to create unique projects – has helped distinguish the firm from its competitors, notes Scott Robinson, company President…(read the full article)
Compliance toward LEED certification is also a requirement in many of the company’s projects, particularly those for government and higher educational facilities. With that in mind, Concepts in Millwork uses only NAUF (no-added Urea Formaldehyde) panels and sustainably certified woods for all its jobs. The company has been FSC-COC (Forest Stewardship Council-Chain of Custody) certified since March 2012…(read the full article)
Inside the shop, veneered and laminated panels are cut-to-size on a Homag panel saw before the Homag edge-bander for edge processing.
Using Microvellum software, cut bills are downloaded to the saw, and a barcode is affixed to parts with further machining instructions. “Most everything runs through the panel saw,” Robinson says.
Boring and doweling is performed on a Weeke CNC machine. On the agenda for this year is improving the automation of the glue line along with other machine upgrades…
Concepts in Millwork has marked a number of milestones in its 35-year history. In terms of national significance, Robinson says one of the most notable projects to date for the firm has been the reconstruction of the Pentagon following the September 11, 2011 attack. Working with the construction team of Hensel Phelps, Concepts in Millwork manufactured and installed casework, counters, architectural paneling and trim work at Wedge 2 of the Pentagon…(read the full article)
Involved with the wood industry for more than 40 years, Robert Silcott saw the company evolve from a four-man shop manufacturing countertops, to a full-scale architectural millwork and fixture firm, with approximately 80 employees. Silcott semi-retired five years ago, leaving the day-to-day operations in the hands of Scott and Stephanie Robinson, Silcott’s daughter and controller at the firm.
“Bob was very detail oriented,” Scott says “Concepts in Millwork wouldn’t be here today without having managed all the aspects of the business.”
Scott joined Concepts in Millwork in 1990, making this his 25th year at the company. And with 30 years there herself, Stephanie will be poised to take over from Bob, making Concepts in Millwork not only a woman-owned firm, but also keeping it in the family.
Company:Concepts in Millwork
Shop Size: 36,000 Sq. Feet
CNC: Homag, Weeke