Epicenter is a nonprofit community design center that works with the town of Green River, Utah (pop. 952). We are committed to creating positive change locally through an intentional design-based practice in order to best fulfill our mission to accentuate Green River’s rural pride and pioneering spirit. At Epicenter, we nurture local businesses, entrepreneurs, artists, designers, and ideas. We’re dedicated to the town of Green River where we strive to provide local solutions to universal design challenges.
In 2009, Epicenter was founded by Auburn University architecture graduates Jack Forinash, Rand Pinson, and Maria Sykes. At that time, the designers worked as AmeriCorps volunteers for the local community center through which the trio purchased a 110+ year-old building on historic Broadway, redesigned the space, and renovated the structure. Today from that building, the organization remains dedicated to the original mission.
Epicenter is part of the larger effort to create positive change in Green River, and works closely with the local business group (“Potluck”), Rural Community Assistance Corporation (RCAC), the local community center (“PACT”), USDA Rural Development of Utah, City of Green River, Green River Improvement Team (“GRIT”), Green River High School, John Wesley Powell River History Museum, Habitat for Humanity of Castle Country, and more.
Board of Directors
JAMES WHEELER – Interim Board Chair
Community Design Educator in Minneapolis, MN
ETHAN MIGLIORI – Board Treasurer
Business Consultant in Emery & Carbon Counties, UT
Local Business Owner in Green River, UT
Architectural Designer in Portland, OR
Designer in Minneapolis, MN
Rural Housing Specialist with the Rural Community Assistance Corporation (RCAC)
Former State Director of USDA Rural Development of Utah
Epicenter Co-Founder and Principal
Bachelor of Architecture and Interior Architecture (Auburn University, 2008)
Epicenter Associate Principal
Master of Architecture (University of Utah, 2014)
Bachelor of Science, Graphic and Web Design (John Brown University, 2015)