We picture chemical companies as fortresses of lab-coat-clad scientists toiling away to create the next herbicide or industrial solvent, but those companies eventually have to sell and ship their goods. That’s where ChemPoint comes in. The Bellevue firm sells and distributes chemicals from some of the biggest names in the business — Dow, DuPont, and BASF are among its clients. And, unlike some of its clients’ offices, ChemPoint employees enjoy an open, modern office in downtown Bellevue — no sanitized labs or goggle-wearing employees here.

 

ChemPoint

Photos by Julia Sumpter

Transparency: Glass sliding doors on conference rooms and team rooms facilitate visibility, openness, and collaboration throughout the office.


 

ChemPoint

Elements of success: Guests are greeted in ChemPoint’s lobby by a 10-foot-by-12-foot element wall. The installation highlights the foundation of the business: chemistry.


 

ChemPoint

Follow the food: ChemPoint’s fully stocked, open-concept kitchen plays host to many events, including donut Fridays, sports viewing parties, and companywide celebrations and meetings.


 

ChemPoint

Airy commons: Open, informal common areas provide a venue for mobile workspace, impromptu meetings, and socializing.

 


 

ChemPoint

A break with a view: This area is an extension of the lobby, kitchen area, and primary conference rooms. The seating and natural light here offers employees a chance to relax.


 

FUN FACTS

  • ChemPoint’s other office, which serves as its European headquarters, is located in Maastricht, Netherlands.
  • The average employee age is 30.
  • Conference rooms are named after the cities where supplier partners are headquartered.
  • The office’s casual Fridays are catered by Top Pot Donuts.

DETAILS

  • Architect: JPC Architects
  • Office opened: 2004
  • Square footage: 48,000
  • Employees: 200+
  • Website: chempoint.com