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Overview

Located in iconic Bridgewater Place on the city’s northwest side, Varnum was the first of the city’s major law firms to break the mold by moving out of what was then the core downtown district more than 25 years ago. Our offices occupy the top floors of the building that bears our name, and our two decks overlooking the river and skyline provide one of the best views in the city. Ron DeWaard serves as the firm’s managing partner and Scott Hill serves as executive partner.

Construction Note: From April 1 through August 31, westbound I-196 will be closed over the Grand River in downtown Grand Rapids for widening and deck replacement. During this time, westbound I-196 will not have access to US-131 and one lane will remain open with access to Fuller, College and Ottawa avenues.

For additional details on this project, visit the project page on Michigan Department of Transportation's website.

Parking Info

Bridgewater Place is located at Bridge Street and Scribner Avenue. There is a parking ramp attached to the building, with entrances on both Bridge Street and Scribner Avenue. Guest parking is available on levels C and D.

The entrance to the building from the parking ramp is on Level C. Please note that the parking ramp elevators located by the entrances do not access Varnum’s offices. From Level C of the parking ramp, enter directly to the 2nd floor of the building. From Level D of the parking ramp, use the stairs or parking ramp elevators to descend one level to Level C (the second floor of the building).

Once inside the building, the tower elevators to Varnum’s offices can be found on the second floor of the building. Varnum’s offices are located on the 13th through 17th floors with client reception located on the 17th floor. Please present your parking ticket to our receptionist for validation.

Directions

From I-196 Traveling West

  • Take the Ottawa Avenue exit (Exit 77) to Ottawa Avenue traveling south.
  • At the first intersection, turn right onto Michigan Street, which becomes Bridge Street after crossing the Grand River.
  • Just after crossing the river, Bridgewater Place is on the right.
  • The parking ramp entrance is on the right, just past the building.

From I-196 Traveling East

  • Take the Ottawa Avenue exit (Exit 77) to Ottawa Avenue traveling south.
  • At the first intersection, turn right onto Michigan Street, which becomes Bridge Street after crossing the Grand River.
  • Just after crossing the river, Bridgewater Place is on the right.
  • The parking ramp entrance is on the right, just past the building.

From US-131 Traveling South

  • Take the Pearl Street Exit (Exit 85B).
  • Turn left on Pearl Street.
  • Immediately there is another traffic light. Turn left onto Scribner Avenue.
  • Proceed one block north on Scribner Avenue to Bridge Street.
  • Proceed across Bridge Street to access the Scribner Avenue entrance to the parking ramp, which is on your right, or turn right onto Bridge Street where the entrance is immediately to your left.

From US-131 Traveling North

  • Take the Pearl Street Exit (Exit 85B).
  • There is a traffic light at the foot of the exit ramp.
  • Proceed straight ahead on Scribner Avenue.
  • Proceed one block north on Scribner Avenue to Bridge Street.
  • Proceed across Bridge Street to access the Scribner Avenue entrance to the parking ramp, which is on your right, or turn right onto Bridge Street where the entrance is immediately to your left.

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