Architects As Developers – Ben Kaiser
PATH Architecture/Kaiser Group
Ben Kaiser is originally from the Midwest, where he began his career in architecture and construction as a carpenter’s assistant in Cleveland, Ohio. Ben went on to attend the Rhode Island School of Design, where he earned a Bachelor of Architecture Degree and his B.F.A. Alongside his studies, he continued on in the construction trades as well. He became a registered architect in 1992 and moved to Portland a year later.
Ben is owner and principal of Kaiser Group, Inc. and PATH Architecture, Inc. Kaiser Group was founded in 2000 in Portland, with a focus on commercial and residential renovation and new construction. PATH followed in 2005, committed to offering the highest level of conceptual design and to creating timeless modern works of lasting value. Both PATH and Kaiser Group have received numerous awards from the American Institute of Architects and governmental entities for projects completed. Both firms stress the importance of sustainability in design and construction. Ben currently sits on the Portland Design Commission, which is tasked with overseeing the myriad of zoning, design, and planning issues within the City of Portland.
We help our clients navigate the myriad and complex issues involved in the design and construction of new structures for their business development, for an investment opportunity, or for building their own home.
We start with a client’s vision and budget, work next with land assessment and acquisition, then proceed with space planning and design considerations. Paralleling these initial phases, we also serve the client by helping to secure funding resources, whether through private banking, institutional banking, and/or local and state resources.
A project’s original vision, its budget, and the funding resources are all imperative components in the design and construction of a new (or renovated) structure. These three critical aspects all need to be consistently well-balanced by the assembled team to achieve a project’s successful completion. Kaiser Group will create and maintain that balance.
For a project’s pro forma to be effectively created, all of the budgetary numbers involved in the project must be presented and aligned, from the original land purchase price to the resultant lease rates. From the onset, the budget needs to be considered and accurate — when a project falls off track financially, a successful idea can quickly beco