Daniels Wood land constructs new headquarters
Known for its themed design and fabrication, shooting galleries, commercial playgrounds, animatronics, and tree houses, Daniels Wood Land will soon open a new $6 million corporate headquarters and shop in Paso Robles, California. The new building coincides with the company’s launch of a new theming division, DWL Studios.
“We are excited to enter this next chapter of our business, which allows us to increase efficiency, capacity and future growth,” says Daniels Wood Land EVP business development, Andy Dauterman. “Furthermore, DWL Studios will be able to provide dedicated resources and services for our valued clients in the themed entertainment marketplace.”
Company co-founders and twin brothers Ron and John Daniels began to realize their current shop, located five miles from the new facilities, was approaching its limits with larger projects and a broader range of clients becoming the norm. The team began to search for a new site, which was purchased in 2018; construction started mid-2019. The four-acre property includes a 35,000 square foot building that includes a climate-controlled art department/studio as well as dedicated space for the company’s theming, custom work, steel fabrication, shooting galleries and other departments.
“The new office allows us to provide a full suite of turn-key services to our clients and to turn around projects with greater speed than ever before,” explains Dauterman. The new facility will include upgraded equipment such as the Kuka CNC Milling Robot, new 3D printers, and their recently acquired large format 2D printer.
The space will also be a literal showcase for Daniels Wood Land’s design capabilities. In addition to 1,500 square feet of showroom space, the entire facility façade and interior office environments will be themed. The team even bought and renovated a classic Arrow Development 36 inch gauge train that will carry visitors on tours around the site. The train was built in the 1960s and sat neglected for many years after having been used at a Seattle shopping mall and various fairs and carnivals. “Visitors to the new site will see immediately our capabilities and quality of work,” says Dauterman.
The company, which has been regularly adding to its staff, anticipates hiring additional workers once the building is ready for occupancy, currently scheduled for January 2020.