Even if you haven’t heard of Compound Design, it’s likely you’ve seen some of their fabrication work without knowing it.
From Chuco Relic’s multi-layered sign to fiber cement architectural paneling that lines Bel Air Middle School’s exterior, Compound Design is creating elaborate and modern furniture, decorative paneling, cabinetry, and more for El Pasoans.
Co-partners and brothers Ben Wilbanks and Luke Wilbanks originally opened Compound Design in 2017, making music equipment road cases. Soon after, they branched out to larger and more creative fabrications.
Since opening, they have tackled projects, big and small, including lettering for a recent TedTalks at the University of Texas at El Paso. At the height of the pandemic, the custom fabrication shop began making mask shields for frontline health care workers. Simply put, there’s not a lot that the company can’t do.
“We can take the smallest idea and bring it to life or if you already have an idea thought out, we can execute on that too,” says Ben Wilbanks. “We also do custom cabinetry for residential, as well as custom furniture.”
One thing that sets the shop apart from others in the area is its CNC router – the only 5-foot by 10-foot CNC router in the El Paso region – allowing the company to create unique items for their clients that would otherwise be done out of town.
Their expertise and creativity keeps these often-sophisticated jobs in the Borderland, saving clients time and money.
“There are other shops with CNC routers here too,” Ben says. “But, mostly they’re dedicated to cabinetmaking; whereas, we kind of get into more creative endeavors and try to do a little more creative work and things that might be more significant, architecturally.”