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Law firm moves into highrise downtown

November 27, 2019
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Courtesy Warner Norcross + Judd

A local law firm has relocated to a major new building downtown.

Grand Rapids-based Warner Norcross + Judd moved its local office to the new Warner Building, at 150 Ottawa Ave. NW, according to the firm this week.

The firm’s Grand Rapids office was previously located at 111 Lyon St. NW.

The new office is on floors 11-15 of the Warner Building and covers 80,000 square feet.

There are 270 workspaces for attorneys and seven private drop-in or hoteling spaces for visiting attorneys.

There are also 19 conference rooms and 11 open-work environments, including coffee nooks throughout the space.

On the 15th floor, there’s a 2,500-square-foot outdoor patio with views of downtown and the Grand River.

The Warner Building was developed and built by Orion Construction, which transformed a surface-level parking lot a mixed-use building comprised of class-A office space, retail and restaurant space and a seven-story parking deck.  

Dan Vos Construction Company was the project’s general contractor. GMB Architecture + Engineering provided engineering and interior design services for the project, and Interphase Interiors supplied Haworth office furniture.

“I speak for the entire firm today to say how incredibly thrilled we are with our new Grand Rapids home,” said Douglas Dozeman, managing partner, Warner Norcross + Judd. “The finished space truly exceeded our expectations and will provide a gracious opportunity for us to welcome clients and our community partners, as well as offer a flexible, functional workspace that meets the needs of attorneys and staff.

“Many hands went into this project, from our design committee to our general contractor Dan Vos Construction, to our good client Haworth. We took great care at each step to ensure we were creating a space for everyone, and I think it shows.

“I’d like to say a special word of thanks to Amanda Fielder, the partner who so ably led this project, while continuing to have a rich, full legal practice.”

The space also features two kitchens, including a café-kitchen on the 15th floor that has 60 seats with booths, high tops and open seating.

Quiet zones are on each floor, and there’s a wellness room that has a refrigerator, a recliner and a sink for nursing mothers.

Warner said attorneys and staff in the space have the option to reduce file storage by using centralized filing and technology designed to enhance digital files and recording.

“This project was never simply about building a building,” said Amanda Fielder, a partner at Warner and chair of the firm’s design committee. “It has always been about building space that is flexible and able to support the practice of law into the future, knowing there will be fundamental changes.

“We knew we needed offices that would accommodate all generations, from team members in their 20s to attorneys and staff in their 70s. And we also knew we needed to anticipate the future needs our team may have by creating flexible space that anticipates trends in the industry.

“Our overriding goal was to create a space that encouraged people to move, not just sit at their desks in the same space for eight hours a day. We tried to carefully balance personal space with engaging collaborative space by placing Chromebooks and iPads everywhere to encourage people to grab a cup of coffee and continue a discussion or work on a project away from individual offices."

Fielder added that Warner "paid a lot of attention to natural light, ensuring the majority of our team has direct access to windows.”

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