meet the team that
"gets the doing done"

About

WHO WE ARE

We are a diverse group of artists, fabricators, project managers, designers and engineers who sweat the details and take pride in careful development and skilled execution.

Our 50,000 square foot facility, located in the heart of Houston, Texas, is home to our incredible team of passionate fabricators and subject matter specialists who each bring their individual skills and expertise to bear on every aspect of our work.

It all started back when Troy was looking for fabricators to help build his honorarium sculpture for Burning Man 2012. Eric heard about it and roped Logan in and we (and a crew of 14 others) made our way to the desert for three weeks to build the crazy thing. Miraculously, we came back dusty but alive and with a deepened respect for one another.

‍Over the next few years we continued to collaborate. Logan started renting part of Troy’s small shop (where Troy also lived, CNC machine separated from his bedroom by only a thin wall) and after a year or so they decided to go in on a larger space together. And that was how, in 2014, “Root Lab LLC” was born— the result of a lot of sweat and just the right amount of necessity— the root of it all.

Not long after, Logan and Troy were able to convince Eric that we should "form like Voltron" and become stronger than the sum of our parts. We realized that as a team we could accomplish great things so we joined our efforts under one roof.


Early rootlab is best described by describing our trajectory.

We each started separately doing small projects– furniture, welding and artwork for ourselves and for our friends-turned-first-clients. We hired our first assistants. We began working together on larger and more complex projects. The team grew. Our clients went from individuals, to small businesses, to larger businesses, and then cultural institutions and city municipalities. We continued to build our amazing team along the way. We began to learn the best means, materials and methods to make things beautiful, practical and durable.

During that era, we intentionally didn’t specialize– if a project seemed like a fun challenge, we’d take it on. We designed and built custom wood and steel furniture for many private clients. We took on large-scale structural and architectural welding projects like shade structures, steel window systems and hefty custom doors for storefronts. We used parametric design to create unique outdoor seating systems that bridged the gap between sculpture and traditional site furnishings for shopping centers, libraries and parks. We built a custom half pipe in 24 hours for a famous rapper. We contributed key custom elements to many, many hospitality concepts. We were brought in to build intricate elements for museum exhibitions. We fabricated and erected monumental signage for shopping centers and creative spaces. We built a custom steel and SIP panel jewel box building from the ground up. We collaborated with other artists and engineers on large-scale public art for university campuses. We designed, permitted and remodeled a seventy-year-old 7500-square-foot warehouse into a high-end cocktail bar and beautiful event space. 

With each project, our team grew and our capabilities expanded. We pushed our limits and took opportunities in the exhibition fabrication world. Soon we found ourselves working more and more in this realm. We loved the challenges and scale of these types of projects.


In 2020, we refocused our efforts on these larger exhibition projects.

Exhibitions require the design, planning and execution skills that we’ve honed over the last 8 years as rootlab, and for many years previous as designers, fabricators and artists. We bring with us all the lessons, means and methods we've acquired during all the weird projects of our past. Today our team and our capabilities are bigger and better than ever before.

Rootlab is not easily defined because the only thing that has been constant from the beginning is change– we’re continually evolving to meet the needs of our clients, collaborators and team.

There are limitless possibilities, let’s build something unforgettable!


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Team rootlab

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2014

Logan was an okay artist who became a not-half-bad fabricator who is now an adequate designer and (jury’s out on the adjective) entrepreneur. He loves dogs and gardening. He hates losing at chess. He can’t remember much from before rootlab, but according to records he has a B.A. in Visual Arts from Rice University.

Logan Sebastian Beck

Logan was an okay artist who became a not-half-bad fabricator who is now an adequate designer and (jury’s out on the adjective) entrepreneur. He loves dogs and gardening. He hates losing at chess. He can’t remember much from before rootlab, but according to records he has a B.A. in Visual Arts from Rice University.

Partner, Director of Business Development

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2014

Eric is a craftsman with a strong background in both physical and digital creation. He loves the cold strength and beauty of steel. He hates wood but the feeling is mutual. Eric is notorious for solving unforeseen problems by producing just the right tool or scrap of material from the cab of his truck. Before rootlab, Eric was a Project Manager for Mainland Construction Inc. He has a B.A. in Visual Arts from Rice University.

Eric Hester

Eric is a craftsman with a strong background in both physical and digital creation. He loves the cold strength and beauty of steel. He hates wood but the feeling is mutual. Eric is notorious for solving unforeseen problems by producing just the right tool or scrap of material from the cab of his truck. Before rootlab, Eric was a Project Manager for Mainland Construction Inc. He has a B.A. in Visual Arts from Rice University.

Partner, Director of Installation

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2014

Troy refused to give any bio information so this bio was constructed from information gained from many years of observation and interaction with the subject. Troy is an accomplished visual artist, an avid mountain biker and a deep thinker. Despite what it may seem, he actually really likes you. He has a B.F.A. in Visual Arts from University of Houston.

Troy Stanley

Troy refused to give any bio information so this bio was constructed from information gained from many years of observation and interaction with the subject. Troy is an accomplished visual artist, an avid mountain biker and a deep thinker. Despite what it may seem, he actually really likes you. He has a B.F.A. in Visual Arts from University of Houston.

Partner, Director of Operations

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2017

Al is an engineer by education and fabricator by training. Growing up he was inspired by his dad and grandad’s passion for designing, building, and gardening. He is passionate about sustainable building, urban gardening and green energy production. You can find him in his garden whispering soft encouragements to his beloved plants & trees.

Alexander Beck

Al is an engineer by education and fabricator by training. Growing up he was inspired by his dad and grandad’s passion for designing, building, and gardening. He is passionate about sustainable building, urban gardening and green energy production. You can find him in his garden whispering soft encouragements to his beloved plants & trees.

Digital Fabrication Lead

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2017

Adam Wiggins

Designer

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2017

Liz enjoys sailing, cooking, gardening, wine and her favorite artistic style is Fluxus. She currently resides in international waters for reasons best known to her. 

Elizabeth Wheeler

Liz enjoys sailing, cooking, gardening, wine and her favorite artistic style is Fluxus. She currently resides in international waters for reasons best known to her. 

Director of People & Culture, Business Manager

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2017

Taylor Edwards

Metal Fabrication Lead

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2018

Jacob Villalobos

Specialty Fabricator

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2018

Nick Simien

Fabricator/ Designer

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2019

Diego is an artist who loves to work on a multitude of mediums. He enjoys a good story and appreciates the culinary arts.

Diego Bonilla

Diego is an artist who loves to work on a multitude of mediums. He enjoys a good story and appreciates the culinary arts.

Fabricator

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2020

Andrew is a transplant from California who found rootlab and settled his family in Houston. He loves outdoor activities such as soccer and dirtbike riding and playing music in his spare time.

Andrew Lawson

Andrew is a transplant from California who found rootlab and settled his family in Houston. He loves outdoor activities such as soccer and dirtbike riding and playing music in his spare time.

Fabricator

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2020

Jose Dominguez

Fabricator

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2020

Jim Arnold

Director of Project Management Office

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2020

Wood Gremlin. Prefers tiny beers.

Amador Garza

Wood Gremlin. Prefers tiny beers.

Fabricator

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2020

Tony Gamez

Project Supervisor

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2020

Karek Crawford

Digital Fabrication

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2020

Fred Sanchez

Facilities

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2020

Juan spends his spare time riding bikes yet to be designed, searching for awesome horror and sci-fi movies, and torturing his brain cells with mind-bending facts about quantum mechanics and the universe. He also loves beer and being outdoors.

Juan Ángel

Juan spends his spare time riding bikes yet to be designed, searching for awesome horror and sci-fi movies, and torturing his brain cells with mind-bending facts about quantum mechanics and the universe. He also loves beer and being outdoors.

Designer

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2020

Matt is a multidisciplinary roboticist and mechatronics specialist. He started building robots at the age of nine, won BattleBots IQ and a position at Hanson Robotics before reaching eighteen, and founded the UTDallas combat robotics group that continues to compete to this day. For 7 years he developed ocean bottom seismic recorders that had to stand up to the harshest conditions on earth. He then spent another 3 designing many of the interactives on display at the Wiess Energy Hall at HMNS.

Matt Tavares

Matt is a multidisciplinary roboticist and mechatronics specialist. He started building robots at the age of nine, won BattleBots IQ and a position at Hanson Robotics before reaching eighteen, and founded the UTDallas combat robotics group that continues to compete to this day. For 7 years he developed ocean bottom seismic recorders that had to stand up to the harshest conditions on earth. He then spent another 3 designing many of the interactives on display at the Wiess Energy Hall at HMNS.

Director of Engineering

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2020

Jarrett is from South Haven Michigan. He's been welding for 9 years and been in Houston for 5 years. He enjoys playing video games when he's winning and spending time with his family.

Jarrett Mosley

Jarrett is from South Haven Michigan. He's been welding for 9 years and been in Houston for 5 years. He enjoys playing video games when he's winning and spending time with his family.

Fabricator

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2020

Ben Bello

Fabricator

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2020

Cinthia loves cats, plants, going to thrift stores and gory things. In another life she would been a botanist.

Cinthia Gomez

Cinthia loves cats, plants, going to thrift stores and gory things. In another life she would been a botanist.

Specialty Fabricator

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2020

Ryan Dubose

Purchasing & Logistics Manager

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2020

Michael bought a truck.

Michael Boyd

Michael bought a truck.

Director of Production

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2021

Garret Gardner

Paint & Finish Specialist

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2021

Dustin Tannahill

Fabricator

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2021

Anthony Hurst

Facilities

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2021

Austin Arnold

Facilities

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2021

Tiara Hill

Fabricator

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2021

Ruben Martinez

Finisher

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2021

Victor Troncoso

Finisher

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2021

Zach Harrilchak

Facilities

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2022

Ryan is an industrial designer with a passion for all things automotive. When he’s not at work you can normally find him out on the trails in a big green jeep.

Ryan Norwood

Ryan is an industrial designer with a passion for all things automotive. When he’s not at work you can normally find him out on the trails in a big green jeep.

Engineering Technician

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2022

"Tucker" is an Industrial Design alumnus of the Rhode Island School of Design. He has enjoyed a long and wildly diverse career as a designer and has a particular passion for rock & water.

Robert Tucker

"Tucker" is an Industrial Design alumnus of the Rhode Island School of Design. He has enjoyed a long and wildly diverse career as a designer and has a particular passion for rock & water.

Director of Special Projects

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2022

Anna is a lover of welding, the outdoors, animals, books and music. Born and raised in California, Anna grew up in Oakland, bounced around to Boston, and ended up in Houston, TX. She got her certification at HCC for Advanced welding techniques and lives inside the loop with her v v cute kitty, Rhoda.

Anna Cavagnaro

Anna is a lover of welding, the outdoors, animals, books and music. Born and raised in California, Anna grew up in Oakland, bounced around to Boston, and ended up in Houston, TX. She got her certification at HCC for Advanced welding techniques and lives inside the loop with her v v cute kitty, Rhoda.

Facilities

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2022

Sean is a Mechanical engineer with experience in product design and manufacturing. Enjoys hobbies including photography, camping, and biking.

Sean Clancy

Sean is a Mechanical engineer with experience in product design and manufacturing. Enjoys hobbies including photography, camping, and biking.

Engineer

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2022

Aidan is from Seattle, WA. Moved to Houston be closer to his daughter. Studied at California College of Arts in Oakland, CA. Side hustle is scrap metal sculptures. Enjoys sourcing metal materials for sculptures at various junkyards/scrapyards, flea markets, second stores, abandoned warehouses, train yards, trash cans, etc.

Aidan Rayner

Aidan is from Seattle, WA. Moved to Houston be closer to his daughter. Studied at California College of Arts in Oakland, CA. Side hustle is scrap metal sculptures. Enjoys sourcing metal materials for sculptures at various junkyards/scrapyards, flea markets, second stores, abandoned warehouses, train yards, trash cans, etc.

Install

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2022

Daniel Cardoza

Designer

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2022

Naomi Barron

Fabricator

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