that means a plan & a partnership

Norwest Contractors | Small Medical Construction in Portland OR

We start with smart

We begin with a plan and a partnership, not a pitch. Norwest won’t just throw you an uninformed bid. We evaluate the whole of your project, first assessing the site for readiness and “surprises”. We call that Know Your Building. That gives you leverage in your lease negotiations and saves you construction dollars down the road. In construction, “surprises” are never good, just code for costly overruns. So why wait for them to find you? Knowing Your Building before you start gives you the options to manage your project and budget, not the other way around. Now that’s Smart.

More value and more quality

When you start with Smart, you’re on a straight-ahead path to getting more value and more quality from your construction project.

When you begin an office, clinic or retail build-out, here are the things you know for certain going in:
A…how much you can spend.
B…well, there is no B. There’s just a whole lot you don’t know.

This is why your actual budget and the bids you get can be two very different things. Unless you are experienced in construction and contracting and codes and zoning and builders’ lingo, you don’t actually know what your budget will buy. Or what your project site is hiding. You may have a design in hand—but more often than not, that design has a pretty loose connection to your actual budget.

But we’ve got your back. The Plan includes our unique Design-to-Budget™ methodology and our DesignLab™.


What will your budget buy? Maybe not everything you want it to…but how can you be sure? Being Better from Smart to Finish helps. So does Norwest’s unique Design-to-Budget™ methodology.

Design-to-Budget™ brings your budget and your site conditions and your design into alignment. You’ll know how far your dollars go toward your goals for the project. Maybe you’ll be golden, maybe you’ll need to re-think. But you won’t be left in a hole.

Design-to- Budget™ makes uncommon good sense. Simply start with all the things your project absolutely needs to open for business, like walls, doors, electrical, plumbing, etc. Now comes the fun part to make your office, clinic or store more than your workplace, but a manifestation of who you are and how you do what you do. Prioritize the things you want. The clarity of knowing what your budget buys put you on track for a more efficient and successful process. The Partnership means that we are always working together with you openly and responsively.

Then we utilize Norwest’s one-of-a-kind DesignLab™, which offers you and your design professionals an unmatched opportunity to make the most of the design, while still controlling costs. That’s how Norwest Contractors builds you the absolute best project your budget can honestly, expertly, creatively and beautifully buy.


Wouldn’t it be great if there was one place to shop for commercial finish options? And not just a place with samples, but a full range of design choices that are actually installed so you could really compare how different options, materials, and colors will look and cost? Yes, it would be great—and we know that because we built it.

DesignLab™ presents an installed gallery of commercial finish options that enables visual comparisons, and gives you the knowledge and confidence to select the features that fit your individual budget and priorities. In one convenient space, DesignLab™ is the perfect environment to discover and select architectural, sustainability and performance enhancements.

We created DesignLab™ to help you realize the most functional and appealing interiors, in less time and with greater budgetary control. Using DesignLab™, you can streamline your entire design-to-budget process and know exactly what your project will look like. That’s better from smart to—well, you get it.

Client Reviews

Dr. Jean Battig
“It works great. It’s exactly what I wanted. I am so proud to have this place!”
Animal Dental Clinic
Dr. Jay Bayat
“On a scale from 1 to 10, I would give Norwest a 10! I would give them 5 stars.”
Multnomah Endodontics & Microsurgery
Additional Reviews
Dr. Thurwatcher & Dr. Graff
Kenton Animal Hospital
Dr. Yan Duan
Renew Aesthetic Clinic
Dr. Ronald Hsu
Storybook Dental


The Norwest DesignLab™ is the only place on the West Coast where healthcare and business professionals, designers and architects can see, feel and touch the wide range of commercial interior materials and fixtures available for your project.

OR License No. 89425
WA License No. NORWEC1004RD

7235 SW Stephen Ln, Portland, OR 97225