Cool Jobs at the Navy Yard: Mel Sage, Design Builder

by Navy Yard
October 10, 2019

Categories: Cool Jobs,

The Navy Yard is bursting with awesome people doing great things. We’re home to over 14,500 employees and over 160 companies. Each person here has a cool job with a unique story! One of those people is Mel Sage, Design Builder at Urban Outfitters.

Mel Sage has been working with Urban Outfitters (UO) as a Design Builder for only 1 month! Within her first few weeks in this role, we had the opportunity to chat about what she does as a Design Builder inside Building 611!

What does your company do? Urban Outfitters is apart of URBN, a portfolio of global consumer brands comprised of Urban Outfitters, Anthropologie, Free People, BHLDN, Terrain, and the Vetri Family. URBN is filled with passionate, creative, entrepreneurial people who think outside the box and are all about providing a unique shopping experience. For Urban Outfitters, I work on the Design Build team. My team creates fixtures for UO stores throughout the country. At the Navy Yard, our home is the Woodshop inside Building 611. Currently, we are building tables, shelves, and A-frames.

Describe your typical work day.
Alongside my teammates, we are building fixtures for 75 Urban Outfitters stores around the country. My role is mass-producing elements for those fixture.

What’s your favorite thing about working at your company?
I find so much joy in working with my hands, and as a Design Builder, I get to do that every day. It’s exciting to be making fixtures, knowing that my pieces make up furniture that will be used all over the country.

Anything else you’d like to share?
Besides being a part of the design build team at UO, I started my own woodworking art business called Sage Woodworks. There I create wooden wall hangings and home goods inspired by nature and topography. Feel free to follow me online, @sagewoodworks.

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