Commercial Building Design Approach

We broadly define “commercial” buildings as non-single family residential types such as offices, retail, restaurants, and even mixed use or multifamily. We have completed many projects in this category and have found that there are more similarities than differences across these project types.

Defining the Needs: A successful design starts with a clear understanding of the owner’s requirements. Through questionnaires and an interview process we help the entire team develop a clear picture of the project needs.

Safe Buildings: Building codes exist to ensure that people are kept safe from hazards. We have a deep understanding of the intent and nuances of the codes that are applicable to commercial buildings.

Complementing Your Brand: Your building project is a reflection of your business. We can work with you and your creative team to design a building that not only meets your functional needs, but communicates your identity.

Designing for Efficiency: Efficiency can manifest itself in the weight of the structure, the layout of the space, the energy usage of your mechanical systems, and the overall sustainability of the building. We develop our designs to maximize efficiency and value.

Commercial Experience – Selected Projects

PGE Sherwood Line Training Center: 18,000 SF ground-up training facility for PGE’s Lineman Apprentice Program
JHI Engineering Office: a two-phase, 20,000 SF major alteration project for an engineering firm including exterior and interior improvements
Livermore Architecture & Engineering Office: 2,900 SF tenant improvement for our own office space.
Kai Office Expansion: 6,400 SF addition and renovation to existing offices for knife manufacturer
Sunnybrook Medical Office Building: 40,000 SF core and shell for medical offices (in support of Scott | Edwards Architecture)
Portland Roasting: Alterations for Cupping Room in existing building
Ixtapa Mexican Restaurant: 6,400 SF ground-up restaurant in Hood River
American Plaza Towers: Plumbing replacement and alterations to two high-rise condo buildings with 237 units
Belmont East Mixed Use: 42,700 SF ground-up mixed use development
OMSI Solar Canopy: solar canopy and electric vehicle charging station