Paul Bentley | Architect

For over twenty years, my practice has been about relationships. At PBA we do not just build projects; we build relationships. Architecture must be a passion to create spaces that work for the people who use them daily, the people who invest their hard-earned money to pay for the spaces.  It must create a meaningful experience for anyone who comes into contact with the project. It is this theory that drives my practice.

I believe that you must have fun with your projects, meeting new friends, strengthening old friendships, and doing all of this in a responsible and caring way. After all, our experiences in life define who we are, and our friendships define what we are.

No single architect or firm can be an expert in every building area.  Clients are typically the experts in the relationships which must be created with their buildings.  An architect’s job is to ask the right questions about this relationship, listen to the clients’ answers, and translate that data into a meaningful design. With each project, we gain new insight and new experience from which to draw for future projects.  We believe that architects who begin to specialize in a given area must be careful not to become trapped with “cookie cutter” solutions.

Each new project provides new opportunities to grow, to learn, to solve problems, and to meet new friends. At PBA, it is this cooperative experience that informs our work as we create each new project to be enjoyed by many user groups for a very long time.

paul bentley | about

I began working for an architect at the age of 12; this is what I have always wanted to do. Thirty-seven years later, I still love it. Starting at such a young age gave me a great head start in career planning. After graduation, I knew that I wanted to use my internship to experience working for a variety of firms. I worked for a time in beautiful San Diego, California for a very large and prestigious firm to learn the advantages of marketing and protocol. Then I worked for a medium-sized firm on the Oregon Coast to get a better feel for project management, client relationships, and how a firm works. Finally, I worked for a very small firm in which all of the tools gained from the above experiences were put together, from marketing to get a project to contract negotiations, design, contract documents, bidding, and construction. While doing all of these tasks, I was also learning office management tools and other skills necessary to survive in the tough economy of southern Oregon.

After gaining experience by working for others in the profession for sixteen years, in 1990 I was finally ready to start my own practice. Having grown up in Roseburg and having served on the school board and other non-profit organizations, what a pleasure it has been over the past twenty years to watch my practice grow here. Being in my hometown allows me to develop so many wonderful working relationships with some of the greatest people on earth.

paul bentley | Resumes and Reference Letters

• Winston-Dillard Fire District Reference
• City of Springfield, Oregon Reference
• Roseburg Public Schools Reference
• Awesome Times article

paul bentley | history

Paul began working for Dallas Horn Architect at the age of 12, delivering blueprints, running errands, and learning how a practice works. After high school, he graduated from the University of Oregon School of Architecture in 1984. Upon graduation, Paul worked in turn for a large, a medium, and a small architectural firm during his internship to develop and refine the skills needed to open a practice. This journey began with Lorimer Case Architects in San Diego, California, continued with Richard Snapp Architect in Coos Bay Oregon, and concluded with Jack K. Beals Architects in Roseburg, Oregon.

Old Office

Paul L. Bentley Architect, AIA opened the practice on November 1, 1990. The firm became a professional corporation in 1994 and purchased the Bell Sisters Historical Building located at 615 SE Jackson Street in 2000. Paul Bentley became a LEED Accredited professional in 2011. Paul L. Bentley, Architect, AIA PC is a professional corporation providing architectural services. Since our inception, PBA has served hundreds of public and private clients with a team approach to building their projects, which has resulted in a very highly repetitive client base. At PBA we believe in building relationships as we build projects.

This repetitive client base is due to several factors, including reasonable fees and our ability to meet aggressive deadlines. We understand the concept that time is money and that the society in which we live today demands a very rapid response. Customer service is our highest priority. One of the best ways to ensure a high client satisfaction is to deliver an exceptional service for a fair price within a reasonable timeline. It is our consistent ability to deliver successful projects on time and on budget which sets us apart.

paul bentley | Services

Identifying the Services You Need

PBA is prepared to advise and assist you in tailoring the array of professional services available to meet your needs and expectations. The experiences of others may be instructive up to a point, but every project is unique.

Most building projects require design and construction documents, assistance in securing a contractor, and evaluation of the progress and quality of construction. The services we can provide for you, whether in-house or through consultants, may include facilities programming, site use and utilities studies, environmental analysis, planning and zoning applications, preparation of materials for public referenda, special cost or energy analysis, tenant-related design, facility operation services after project completion, and special drawings, models, and presentations.

Not all services must be provided by the architect. Some owners have considerable project-planning, design, and construction expertise and may be fully capable of undertaking some project tasks themselves. Other owners find it desirable or necessary to add other consultants to the project team to undertake specific tasks. Discussion will be necessary to establish who will coordinate owner-supplied work or other services provided beyond the scope of the architect's agreement.

The AIA publishes a wide variety of standard form agreements with different approaches to defining a scope of services. From the most commonly used document, AIA Document B141, Standard Form of Agreement between Owner and Architect, to documents used for special purposes, the scope of services offered in the AIA documents range from typical to highly customized applications. You may choose from a variety of formats that come prepackaged or à la carte, which are called Designated Services. The B141 documents offer a choice of multiple scope packages that may be substituted for one another and that deal with a range of situations, from the most basic to the highly specialized. This approach gives you the flexibility to customize the scope of services that meet your particular needs.

Services Required

The best strategy to identify your required services is to sit down with us and discuss your project needs. Recognize that even when a number of services are designated at the outset, other services may be required once your project is under way. For example, you may require zoning approvals or you may wish to do economic analyses of a new energy-saving system. Other services may be added to an existing agreement at any time. You should set aside a contingency budget to fund changes in the services required from your architect. Tips for recognizing required services include:

The specifics of your project will guide your choice of agreement form. The B141 scope of services approach requires up-front discussion to set the project's parameters, which, in the long run, will prevent misunderstandings. B163's Designated Services approach requires a little more initial effort as it involves the decision of which of the 83 possible services to include. However, designating services brings discipline and clarity to the process of deciding who will do what.

Contract administration services are a case of spending a penny to save a dollar. Once you have approved the design, you want it built as it was designed. We can administer the contract between you and the contractor. This means evaluating work for compliance with the drawings and specifications; approving shop drawings, materials, and product samples; reviewing the results of material tests and inspections; approving the contractor's requests for payment; handling requests for design changes during construction; and administering the completion, start-up, and close-out process of your project. Getting the building that was designed—and getting it on budget—is important. Attaining that goal requires considerable experience, time, and effort.

Disputes that arise during construction need to be decided quickly and effectively. Under the AIA standard form contracts, your architect serves as the initial arbiter of disputes between you and your contractor. If the architect's decision is unacceptable to either party, the AIA standard forms call for formal mediation, with arbitration to follow if mediation does not succeed. Both are ways of resolving disputes without the delay and expense of courtroom proceedings.

An agreement for evaluation of facility operation—perhaps a joint inspection by you and your architect within one year after the building is occupied—will help to serve as a checkup that the building is being used and maintained properly.

Services Available from Paul Bentley Architects

Project Administration & Management Services Evaluation & Planning Services Design Services Bidding or Negotiation Services Contract Administration Services Facility Administration Services

Project administration

Disciplines coordination/ documents checking

Agency consulting/ review approval

Value analysis balanced with budget & program

Schedule development/ monitoring of the work


Construction management


Functional relationships/flow diagrams

Existing facilities surveys

Site analysis, selection & development planning

Detailed site utility studies

Zoning process assistance

Architectural design documentation

Structural design/ documentation

Mechanical design/ documentation

Electrical design/ documentation

Civil design/ documentation

Landscape design/ documentation

Interior design/ documentation

Special design/ documentation

Material research & specifications

Tenant-related services

Bidding materials

Addenda/responding to bidder inquiries

Bidder inquiries


Analysis of alternates/ substitutions

Special bidding

Bid evaluation

Contract award

Submittal services and rejection of defective work

On-site visits

Full-time on-site project representation

Testing & inspection administration

Supplemental documentation

Quotation requests/ change orders

Interpretations & decisions

Project close-out

Maintenance & operational programming

Startup assistance

Record drawing

Warranty review

Postcontract evaluation

paul bentley | Professional Affiliations

  • American Institute of Architects
  • National Council of Architectural Registration Boards
  • National Roofing Contractors Association
  • LEED AP Building Design + Construction
  • Roseburg Area Chamber of Commerce

paul bentley | Portfolio - EDUCATIONAL

Project Lists

Brockway Elementary School
Winston, Oregon
Brockway Elementary School represents the first K-3 school to be built in Douglas County in over 30 years and provides a complete state of the art facility. Its expressive colors, shapes, and textures provide a rich and inviting place for children to begin learning. Its outstretched, open plan invites both kids and community to come inside and learn. Interior color schemes direct small children to each pod easily with primary color coordination. Geometric shaped windows highlight the clear story of the media center. Gymnasium, cafeteria, and media center spaces, which the community uses, are out front and open to the public and yet allow for such use with penetration into the school itself.
Roseburg Senior High School
Roseburg, Oregon
Roseburg Senior High School was the first high school in Douglas County to undergo a major renovation and replacement in many years. The Roseburg School Board knew that they would probably only get one opportunity to convince voters of this much needed project as previous bond issue attempts had failed miserably. The District began with an RFP to create a master plan and identify the issues and necessary improvements the campus needed.
UCC Ford Family Building
Roseburg, Oregon
The 6,000 square foot Ford Family Center was constructed to provide child care for students as well as educational classes in the childcare profession. Staff involvement was very critical in the design of this facility. The ability to care for children ranging from infants through preschool, allow for security and provide a variety of learning environments were all important design elements. The exterior was to match the existing campus which had very expensive detailing, roof forms, and materials. This was accomplished but at a fairly high cost per square foot, nearly $125 per square foot. The final product however, offers both students, and staff a great place for children.
Swanson Amphitheatre at UCC
Roseburg, Oregon
The Swanson Amphitheatre at Umpqua Community College is an outdoor theatre which was completely donated by the Roseburg Rotary Club to the college. This facility is located on the Umpqua Community College campus in Roseburg Oregon. The facility combines theatre, music, graduation, and student events in a beautiful outdoor setting.

The facility was designed to fit the campus architecture and yet function as a small event center for weddings and many other local events. Paul L. Bentley, Architect donated all services for this great community project.
UCC Technology Center
Roseburg, Oregon
The 10,000 square foot Technology Center was constructed to provide increased opportunities for technology students and the Intel Corporation educational program offered at Umpqua Community College. This facility required tight budget constraints which were met by designing a building that closely resembled the existing college buildings but allowed for less expensive roof framing and materials. This building was built seven years after the Ford Family Center at a cost savings of 25% per square foot. The facility provides several technology labs, ample storage and administrative offices, along with a large training/meeting room.
Salem Keizer Schools 2008 Bond Issue
Salem, Oregon
The Salem Keizer School District passed a $250 million bond issue for school improvements and new facilities in 2008. Several hundred Architecture/Engineering firms competed for the resulting projects, and six were selected. Paul L. Bentley Architect was one of the firms chosen. We have partnered with SKSD five summers thus far: these projects include renovations to several elementary schools, middle schools, and high schools ranging in scope from simple HVAC upgrades to school-wide overhauls of interior finishes and window systems. Project sizes vary from just over $1 million to $4 million. In addition, our firm was selected to provide services for all roof replacements and fire alarm upgrades district-wide. In 2012, the client determined that enough of the bond issue projects had come in under budget that SKSD would be able to add additional projects to their improvement schedule for 2013. We are pleased to be a part of both the new project awards and the initial budget savings that made them possible.

paul bentley | Portfolio - Multi Family

Apple Orchard / Greenleaf Village Housing
Eugene, Oregon
Greenleaf and Apple Orchard Apartments represents the second major low income housing project for Metropolitan Housing in Eugene, Oregon. This project provides a complete package for low income units with great style, character, ease of long term maintenance, and great efficiency of costs. Its expressive colors, shapes and textures provide a rich and inviting place for low income families to get started.

paul bentley | Portfolio - Fire / Life Safety

Project Lists

Winston-Dillard Fire Station
Winston, Oregon
The new main fire station for the Winston-Dillard Fire District is a two story, 16,000 square foot facility housing both personnel and district administrative services. The station accommodates 8 apparatus with 4 drive through double bays and provides a suspended catwalk with 3 poles for quick and easy deployment of fire personnel.
Coos Bay Main Fire Station
Coos Bay, Oregon
A new main station housing 8 apparatuas, department administration, and living for 12 fire fighters with over 20,000 square feet of area. The new main station replaced a 50 year old deteriorating structure and was designed for LEED certification. This project was completed as joint venture between HG & E Architects and Planners of Coos Bay and Paul L. Bentley, Architect, AIA PC.
Springfield Fire Station #16
Springfield, Oregon
Station #16 is a replacement station for the Thurston Station which was demolished due to toxic mold issues. The new station was completed last summer using a CMGC construction method.
Springfield Fire Station #5
Springfield, Oregon
Fire station #5 for the City of Springfield was the first station built in Springfield in nearly 20 years. The departments experience with architects had not been positive and they used a very tough selection process to select our firm out of nearly 25 proposals. This substation was critical to meet the growing needs of the City and our firm was selected for our interactive design process.

paul bentley | Portfolio - Medical

Project Lists

Dr. Andrea Gray
Roseburg, Oregon
Dr. Gray’s new ophthalmology office occupies a highly visible lot between two Roseburg thoroughfares, Interstate 5 and Edenbower Boulevard. For this project, the client asked for an efficient, compact design that retained enough flexibility to allow for a partner in the practice now and a potential attic expansion later. The resulting design suits the client’s practical needs while also providing a comfortable, sophisticated environment for her patients.
Community Cancer Center
Roseburg, Oregon
The Community Cancer Center is three story, $10,000,000 state of the art cancer treatment center located on the Mercy Medical Center campus in Roseburg Oregon. This facility combines both radiation treatment and oncology, offering patients complete cancer care. State of the Art equipment is housed in 2 radiation therapy vaults encapsulated with 12 foot thick concrete walls; nuclear medicine vault, and a CT room.
Dr. Thomas Leech
Roseburg, Oregon
A 10,000 square foot medical office building housing 4 providers with a shared reception/waiting area along with a separate optometry suite. The project was located on a challenging site with a requirement for a future development pad.

paul bentley | Portfolio - Non Profit

Project Lists

Family Development Center
Roseburg, Oregon
The 10,000 square foot Family Development Center was constructed to provide child care for abused and at risk infants through preschool, as well as educational classes in the parenting, drug abuse, and other counseling services.
Umpqua Community Health Center
Roseburg, Oregon
This facility serves the medical needs of nearly 18,000 uninsured and low income citizens of Douglas County. The facility is approximately 19,500 square feet of wood frame construction to house medical, dental, patient advocacy, training space, and administrative services for UCHC. The design offers all medical, patient advocacy, and training space on the main level of 14, 462 square feet with dental and administrative services on the lower level comprising 5,098 square feet.
Boys & Girls Club of Umpqua Valley
Roseburg, Oregon
The Boys and Girls Club of the Umpqua Valley are another local non-profit group which benefited greatly by a Ford Family Foundation Grant and a local fundraiser. The club was able to purchase the old Batting USA building, over double its size with an expansion, and completely remodel and add a future second floor. The expansion included a second gymnasium, teen center, multipurpose activity room, computer lab, art classroom, kitchen and cafe, classrooms and administrative offices.
The FISH Pantry of Roseburg
Roseburg, Oregon
The FISH Pantry of Roseburg is a local non profit group which provides food to the needy and operated out of a small closet in the back of UCAN for many years. The group was able to raise nearly $500,000 through grants and local fundraisers to build a new facility out on the non profit campus north of Roseburg.
Winston Community Center
Winston, Oregon
Winston Area Community Partnership, (WACP) raised over $4,000,000 in the Winston Area to build a new community center. The center was to replace the antiquated senior center which had been part of Winston Community Park for over 50 years. The new facility would be located in the park on property donated by the City of Winston.

paul bentley | Portfolio - Commercial

Project Lists

Oregon Pacific Banking Co.
Roseburg, Oregon
Oregon Pacific Banks Roseburg branch is a 9,731 square foot facility comprised of wood frame construction on a very visible corner lot. It was important to the Board of Directors to maintain the architectural character of their other branches but with a respect of the local conditions and economy.
Southern Oregon Federal Credit Union
Roseburg, Oregon
The new 3500 square foot branch has provided a great deal of visibility, convenient drive through banking, and a new look. It has provided a great conference space for meetings, training, and community use. The lobby has a great deal of natural light and feels very home like for the membership to enjoy. The roof pitch allowed for north facing clerestories to bring in the natural light as well as attic storage space for decorations and many of those hard to store items.

The new branch was constructed on time and on budget by Lieberman Construction of Roseburg.
Carlson-Wagonlit Fly Away Travel
Roseburg, Oregon
The Fly Away Travel facility was built for Brooke Communications and designed to fit a very tight site, with a unique style that pushed for curb appeal. The result was a stair stepped almost old western style building with colorful awnings to break down the scale of the facade to the pedestrian level. Interior spaces provide ample natural daylighting for a great work environment.

paul bentley | Portfolio - Tribal

Project Lists

Grand Ronde Youth Center
Grand Ronde, Oregon
This addition to the existing Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde Community Center serves as a youth center and after-school facility. It provides a fun atmosphere in which tribal youth can meet up with their friends after school in a safe, secure environment while also exploring valuable skills. The program includes a Culinary Arts Kitchen, dining area, room for doing homework, graphic arts studio, sound room and recording booth, and areas for activities like playing pool or board games. The project also includes an outdoor volleyball and basketball court and a Cultural Arts Classroom for all ages to learn tribal arts and handicrafts. The new addition was designed to use similar materials as the existing structure, merging seamlessly to create a cohesive feel between the older and newer portions.
Grand Ronde Fire Station Addition
Grand Ronde, Oregon
This addition to the existing Grand Ronde Fire Station allowed the fire crew to expand as needed with minimal changes to their fairly-new existing building. The new addition agrees with the architecture of the existing structure, causing it took look as if it had always been intended to have an added wing.

Contact Information

Paul L. Bentley, A.I.A.

615 SE Jackson Street
Roseburg, Oregon 97470


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