Varnum has announced the relocation of its Kalamazoo office to 211 East Water Street, in the historic Globe Building. Attorneys and staff will be working from the new suite of offices on the fourth floor as of Monday, July 17.
The East End District location features a mix of commercial and professional services, restaurants and entertainment venues. Arcadia Creek Festival Place is just west of the building.
“An office move is no small undertaking but we are thrilled with our new location,” said Kalamazoo Managing Partner Fred Schubkegel. “In addition to having a great visual appeal, the layout of the new suite is more conducive to a collaborative work environment.
"Excellent client service is our foremost objective, and teamwork and collaboration are important elements of delivering that service," continued Schubkegel. "Another advantage of the new space from a client perspective is the convenient parking."
The four-story Globe building features high, open spaces and a retro atmosphere of exposed brick and beams. An inner stairwell with a striking view of office and loft balconies and wall-to-wall large windows allowing extensive natural light are some of the features of the new space.
Varnum’s Kalamazoo office is currently staffed by 12 attorneys and six administrative staff, all of whom have moved to the new location. Schubkegel indicated that while the new space includes less square footage than the former offices on Rose Street, there is opportunity to accommodate planned growth.
“Our new offices actually feel larger due to the open layout with significantly less space devoted to hallways,” Schubkegel said.
“Like most professional service businesses, legal work today relies more on virtual space than actual space,” Schubkegel noted. “We’d been in our previous location for 17 years, and it was no longer serving our needs.”
Varnum has had an office in Kalamazoo for 29 years, operating from the former Rose Street address since 2000. In line with plans to grow its presence in Kalamazoo, the firm welcomed new attorney Erika Salerno, who joined the firm last week.