Commercial projects must respond to a multitude of influences beyond the basic goal of creating functional and inviting spaces. Influences such as building and zoning codes, landlord design standards, budget and schedule constraints, connectivity with the public realm, incorporation of current technologies, as well as the goals and aspirations of the client all must be considered and integrated into the built project.  FORMWEST can help with all levels of commercial development projects, from  feasibility studies, to tenant improvements to foundation-up structures and total environmentally responsive design.




Activate Cellular Stores



Activate Cellular Headquarters



Concept design, landlord review processes , permits, bidding doocuments, and construction phase services for eight retail stores in malls across Oregon and Washington.

6,500 SF full tenant improvement provided private and open office areas, training/ multipurpose room, warehouse and support spaces.  The project accommodated a fast track delivery process.




Historic Shogren Building



Bedtime Mattress Company



Complete seismic upgrade, facade renovation including new storefronts, canopies and lighting, and core improvements for an historic commercial building in Portland.

Retail showroom attached to an existing warehouse and production facility. The addition contrasts the existing facility with glazed bays and a strong street orientation.




Alexis Restaurant



Pilgrim Bookstore



Exterior upgrades to a landmark building for a renowned Portland restaurant. In addition to window replacement and a custom paint and lighting scheme for the building, the architect provided designs for future storefronts.

New  2-story addition to an existing book retailer. Sales room and support at ground level; offices and storage above. Completed in collaboration with ARCHSCAPE co-founder Paul Thimm.




Za Majestic Restaurant



Burnside Bridge Gate



New  restaurant and commercial kitchen inserted into a lease space that is narrow, with a high ceiling .  Floating planes of varying textures provide spatial definition.

Gateway connecting the historic Burnside Bridge with an existing stair to the Eastbank Esplanade. Also included in this project was an integrated platorm lift for public accessibility.




Storefront Improvements



Barbur Tower



FORMWEST principal Steve Kaiser has completed dozens of commercial storefront design projects  in conjunction with the Portland Development Commission.

This project includes a 16-story condo tower placed adjacent to a new  5-story office and retail block with river views. The steeply sloping site also accomodates underground parking. Joint venture with Terraforma, Inc.

















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