The Story Behind Our Docking Station

By websites@tappnetwork.com

When you walk into The Mill, we want the experience to be inspiring. The materials you see, the layout of the room, even the light fixtures have a part to play in creating that experience. But probably nothing is more striking than one of The Mill’s signature pieces: the massive docking station in the community area.

Back when the Mill was being built, our founder, Robert, was looking for the right material to build a docking station that would be the anchor for The Mill’s community members. He didn’t want an off-the-shelf piece of furniture. It had to be something unique to The Mill.

JKB Design’s Jim Buckley, a good friend of Robert’s, happened upon a barn for sale in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania. The barn’s beams were made of American Chestnut, a near-extinct wood that has been almost impossible to find for 200 years. There was a problem though. The barn’s owners weren’t just selling wood, they wanted to sell the barn. So we bought the barn.

A few weeks of work later, Jim had finished the docking station. It was built with craftsmanship, extinct wood, and a story. The wood from the barn was also used to cover the walls of our lobby!

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