6/7/2002 - Designform moving to Two North Twentieth

by Gilbert Nicholson

A local architectural firm ­ whose work can be seen in places such as the new Mountain Brook Plaza on U.S. Highway 280, the Federal Express warehouse in Irondale and the Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex ­ is moving. But not far.

Since 1993, Designform Inc. has been in the historic Denechaud Building downtown at 21st Street and Second Avenue North. In August, the eight-person firm will hop a few blocks up to the eighth floor of the Two North Twentieth building, formerly the Bank for Savings.

"We're on two separate floors right now," says Designform project manager Mike Nelson. "The new office plan will allow us to consolidate into one floor, and that will add to our efficiency."

Ironically, the move will allow Designform "to design our own space," Nelson says. "Even as an architect, you don't get tons of opportunities to design your own space and control your working environment."

Building synergy

Founded in 1986, Designform sees an opportunity to rub elbows with fellow tenants at Two North Twentieth who could evolve into future customers.

"Or it may allow the opportunity for some synergy" with related businesses, Nelson says. Designform is the sole occupant of the Denechaud Building.

Designform offers architectural, planning and interior design services. The president is Craig Rogers.

"The move will also allow us to upgrade our equipment, such as printers and plotters, and take a look at upgrading our Web site (http://www.designforminc.com)," Nelson says. "It will allow us to take sort of a holistic review of our company."

Designform is diversified, offering commercial services for retail, office, industrial and institutional clients.

"We like to keep it as wide open as we can, rather than be too specific," Nelson says.

Contact reporter Gilbert Nicholson at (205) 443-5632 or gnicholson@bizjournals.com.

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