Now in its 31st year, Berntson Porter, or BP, is a certified public accounting and planning firm based in downtown Bellevue. In addition to providing tax, accounting, and a wide range of consulting services, BP helps clients manage their wealth and insurance needs through its affiliated firms. With an extensive network of partners, BP serves clients across the globe. The sleek office incorporates modern design with functionality. With JPC Architects behind it, the office feels more like a tech company than an accounting firm.

Tasteful Decor The office artwork was selected by Dean Harris and Maria Pope of JPC Architects.

Tasteful Decor
The office artwork was selected by Dean Harris and Maria Pope of JPC Architects.

 

Face to Face Assurance services team members catch up in the lobby.

Face to Face
Assurance services team members catch up in the lobby.

 

Impromptu Gatherings An open floorplan makes spontaneous collaboration (and gabbing) a breeze.

Impromptu Gatherings
An open floorplan makes spontaneous collaboration (and gabbing) a breeze.

 

R&R Take a break during the workday in the private relaxation room in the office.

R&R
Take a break during the workday in the private relaxation room in the office.

 

Meet and Greet The lobby-reception area is modern and inviting.

Meet and Greet
The lobby-reception area is modern and inviting.

 

Walk to Lunch The office looks out onto a courtyard shared by neighboring restaurants like The French Bakery, Tokyo Steakhouse, and Scotty Brown’s.

Walk to Lunch
The office looks out onto a courtyard shared by neighboring restaurants like The French Bakery, Tokyo Steakhouse, and Scotty Brown’s.

 

Knock Knock The corner glass walls are a great way to tell whether a conference room is occupied without causing a disturbance.

Knock Knock
The corner glass walls are a great way to tell whether a conference room is occupied without causing a disturbance.

 

Fourth Floor, Please The BP office is in Bellevue’s Plaza East building, which also houses Apptio and Charles Schwab.

Fourth Floor, Please
The BP office is in Bellevue’s Plaza East building, which also houses Apptio and Charles Schwab.

 

 

Meeting With a View For casual meetings or interviews, the small meeting rooms offer quiet places with good views.

Meeting With a View
For casual meetings or interviews, the small meeting rooms offer quiet places with good views.

 

FUN FACTS

  • BP was started by Bob Berntson and Greg Porter in 1985, when they were both in their early 20s. Thirty-two years later, it’s the 11th-largest accounting firm in the region.
  • BP has been one of Accounting Today’s Best Firms to Work For the past five years.
  • BP is growing and has a new president. In January, principal Mary Actor was promoted to president of Berntson Porter, with Bob Berntson promoted to CEO.

THE DETAILS

architect: JPC Architects
builder: Foushée & Associates
square footage: 21,527
employees: 100
office built: 2015
website: bpcpa.com

This article originally appeared in the February 2017 issue of “425 Business.”