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Miller Searles, LLC

Accounting Firm Moves into Allentown’s Butz Corporate Center and Unveils its New Offices

When Matthew Searles was looking for office space for his growing accounting firm, MillerSearles LLC, he knew that he wanted to have a great location and an impressive office for his clients and business associates to visit.

Mr. Searles and his partners decided to move and relocate to downtown Allentown from South Whitehall and ride the wave of new businesses moving downtown. He chose the Butz Corporate Center at Ninth and Hamilton for its modern and sophisticated feel. The CPA wanted to reinforce the quality and experience of the firm and also create an enjoyable office environment in an exciting location. “There is an ever-expanding business environment in Allentown, many cultural events, restaurants and entertainment. We felt that we wanted to be part of the excitement,” says Searles.
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After the accounting firm settled on the Butz Corporate Center, he identified 3 business suites encompassing 6,000 square feet on the 3rd floor. Two of the suites previously had tenants, and the third suite was unfinished. Matt needed help on the office fit out including space planning, interior architecture and achieving the vibe he was seeking. The office fitout project included a modification to the plan they had, to work within budget and achieve his envisioned office environment.

Not knowing how to find an interior designer, he talked to trusted business associates whose office interiors he admired. “As luck would have it, a few of them who I asked recommended DesignPoint. My partners and I also visited some clients’ offices I had always liked, and we also found out that they were also designed by Les McCoy and the team at DesignPoint,” remarks Searles. “All indications pointed to DesignPoint, and I’m so happy that I called them. Although we were near “the midnight hour” with respect to our design deadline, Les and his staff were able to quickly meet with us to discuss our feelings about the type of image we were hoping to present, and reduce our vision to a draft set of plans.”

Challenge

Searles had a vision for the style and function of his office, but he was unsure how to achieve it. Searles explains that he wanted a contemporary office space with an urban feel to impress clients and make his 20 employees proud of their work environment. Part of the modern feel of the office was to have natural light filtering throughout the entire office including the office spaces away from the windows, generous hallways, open-rafter ceilings and warm color schemes. The layout of the existing office suites did not lend themselves to accomplishing that goal. Additionally, the interior design aspects of the office, including furnishings, fixtures, and other details that Searles was finding were not the exact fit he was seeking. Searles had a strong vision for what he wanted but did not ultimately know how to achieve it or what the appropriate budget should be.

Solution

The first order of business for the DesignPoint team was to identify the needs of the accounting firm and to establish a budget. “Helping clients establish and work within budgets is something that we commonly do,” says McCoy. “And in this particular instance, working with budgets was something our client was also very familiar with.”

“Once the needs were identified and the budget was in place,” says McCoy, “we were able to work on space planning and floor plan modifications. Getting natural light to penetrate the entire office was challenging.” DesignPoint recommended internal glass for partitions, walls and doors. They also widened some corridors and created recesses in corridors to open up space for light. Additionally, they opened up walls and created ceiling effects. DesignPoint even assisted with the selection of the office furniture, finish selections, paint colors, flooring, ceiling, wallcoverings and custom millwork.

Searles, impressed by DesignPoint’s selections, also sought their input on some of the other creative aspects to the CPAs’ business including logo, branding and marketing materials. McCoy says, “We do not offer those services but we were flattered that MillerSearles sought our input; ultimately, we were able to direct them to the proper professionals.”

MillerSearles moved into their new office space during Memorial Day weekend with great excitement. “We are so happy and proud of our new location and we cannot wait to invite our clients to visit,” says Searles. Searles added “I cannot say enough about the professionalism, breath of knowledge and responsiveness of Les McCoy and the rest of the DesignPoint team. I have no doubt that had I not contacted them, that our new office would not have resulted in such a wonderful work environment.”

If your business is looking to fit out, renovate or design a great interior space call the ones who know how to make it happen at 610-807-9670.

Located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, DesignPoint works on both regional and national levels. DesignPoint, Inc. is a full service Interior Design & Procurement Firm with a focus on corporate, hospitality, senior living, medical offices and high-end residential interiors. When considering new interior construction or renovations, DesignPoint will provide a comprehensive package of interior architectural space planning, construction documents, and furniture, fixtures and equipment (FF&E) procurement services for a successful project. For more information about the firm and the type of projects they manage, visit them online at www.designpoint-interiors.com

  • The lobby of MillerSearles