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Varnum Office Renovation Driven by Commitment to Collaboration

November 28, 2022

Varnum is pleased to announce the completion of an extensive renovation of its Grand Rapids office. The makeover, which began in September 2021 following remote work caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, is designed to create an inviting and collaborative environment that takes advantage of natural light, in addition to extensive technology advancements.

“As we made the transition back to in-office work, we wanted to create a first-class environment to help facilitate collaboration,” said Varnum Chair Ron DeWaard. “The renovation addresses the new work arrangements that evolved during COVID, as well as creating a comfortable and inviting office atmosphere.”

The makeover included significant renovation of approximately 64,000 square feet on four floors. Among the features of the project are the addition of nine team rooms, all equipped with monitors and technology for remote meetings and a “plug and play” environment for anyone with a laptop. Streamlined furnishings reflect the adaptability of the modern work space, with sit/stand workstations for everyone in the office and the ability to easily transition from office to remote work options. New lighting, color and art provide a warm and inviting ambience, and the overall design maximizes the expansive views from Bridgewater Place.

Varnum’s large reception floor at the top of the building features iconic West Michigan furnishings as well as a renovated outdoor deck with soft seating, decorative built-in planters and a pergola. With one of largest outdoor decks overlooking the city, the firm frequently hosts client and organizational gatherings throughout the summer months. The office space was revealed at the firm’s annual Top of the Terrace party in September.

In addition to a putting green and shuffleboard table, social spaces on each floor include television monitors and a variety of gourmet coffee, tea and soft drink options.

In addition to the Grand Rapids renovation, several of Varnum’s other offices have received technology upgrades in the past year. The firm also completed a move of its Birmingham office in June, more than doubling the size of that office.

“Our new office spaces in Birmingham and Grand Rapids are reflections of our commitment to providing an inviting atmosphere that supports collaboration between offices and with clients,” said firm Executive Partner Scott Hill. “Coming on the heels of our expansion in Ann Arbor and Florida, we are excited to have vibrant, bustling offices where we can come together and build momentum.”

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