Then and now
Metamorphic Design Build started as Fitzgerald Woodworking in 2000. Over the ensuing years the business has grown and evolved. The original focus on timber-frame joinery and finish carpentry for houses, shifted to encompass the complete process of creating a functional building or space. A company that was for many years just myself is now the framework for a rotating cast of carpenters, designers, and tradespeople. We work closely with architects, engineers, subcontractors, and our clients to build functional and interesting projects. And while we still take pleasure in obscure timber-frame joinery, we also build with steel, concrete and even a little bit of plastic now and then.
Metamorphic Design Build can take on a range of projects, from smaller remodels, to custom new residential construction and light commercial work. We specialize in projects that require extra attention to detail and problem solving. While many of our projects are designed in house, we also collaborate with architects and designers. Energy efficiency and durability are important to us and we often work with energy modelers to fine tune our projects. MDB is based in Fairbanks but has done projects in Anchorage, Kodiak, Haines and Juneau.
Philip Fitzgerald grew up in Juneau and spent too much time playing with legos as a child. As an adult he has built houses in Alaska and Tasmania, theatre sets in Juneau and Utqiagvik, scientific facilities at the South Pole and once did a stint as a boatbuilder at a museum in Connecticut. He started Fitzgerald Woodworking in 2000 in Juneau. In 2004 Philip moved to Fairbanks to attend engineering school at UAF. He started Metamorphic Design Build in 2017.