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.

Our Story

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

NICK DERRICK

Local Business Owner in Green River, UT

RAND PINSON

Architectural Designer in Portland, OR

NICK ZDON

Designer in Minneapolis, MN

Advisors

CAROL COHEN

Rural Housing Specialist with the Rural Community Assistance Corporation (RCAC)

DAVE CONINE

Former State Director of USDA Rural Development of Utah

Staff

MARIA SYKES

Epicenter Co-Founder and Principal
Bachelor of Architecture and Interior Architecture (Auburn University, 2008)

STEPH CRABTREE

Epicenter Associate Principal
Master of Architecture (University of Utah, 2014)

JAROD HAMM

AmeriCorps VISTA
Bachelor of Science, Graphic and Web Design (John Brown University, 2015)

Please visit our Careers page to find out how you can join the team, our Awards page for a list of honors we’ve received, and our Alumni page for a list of past crew members.