Plante Moran remodels, expands Grand Rapids office to meet growing client base, changing needs of team
Grand Rapids, Michigan, June 13 — Plante Moran has begun a major remodel and expansion of its Grand Rapids office, adding more square footage and reconfiguring its footprint to accommodate its growing base of clients — and the changing needs of its team.
The accounting, tax, consulting, and wealth management firm will add 3,600 square feet of space on the fifth floor of its current LEED-certified facility at 634 Front Avenue NW. The additional space, which will be ready for occupancy in June, will feature an open-concept floor plan with seven offices, 18 workstations, as well as a huddle and phone room.
In July, Plante Moran will begin transforming its third floor into an open-concept design, shifting its main client welcome area to this floor when construction ends. The firm will then remodel its fourth floor with the goal of providing flexible seating options for client teams who will change and grow as client needs evolve.
This “agile-plus” approach recognizes that the pandemic has changed the way we work and empowers staff to make choices that best meet their needs — and those of their clients — on any given day. Staff can reserve an office, conference, or huddle room when they need to work solo or as a client team — or choose to work from home.
“As our team in Grand Rapids continues to grow, we are excited to expand and reshape our Grand Rapids office so we can better serve our clients and our staff,” said Office Managing Partner Jason Marvin. “It was an easy choice to continue to invest in our Grand Rapids office. The vibrant local economy, combined with the strong talent base provided by the wonderful colleges and universities here, make it a perfect location for Plante Moran.”
The reimagined Grand Rapids space is one of three office enhancements Plante Moran will undertake this year. From Auburn Hills to Boulder, the firm is revisiting office spaces with the intent of fostering team collaboration, a greater staff experience, improving client service, enhancing efficiency, and increasing the overall sense of community.
This expansion comes almost a year after Plante Moran moved into its new corporate headquarters in the Southfield Town Center, securing 192,600 square feet of space on 12 floors that’s now home to 900-plus staff.
Plante Moran moved to Front Avenue in 2008 with 112 staff. Over the past 14 years, its Grand Rapids team has grown to 210, with an additional 12 slated to start in August. When completed, the office will be able to welcome up to 300 staff.
“This expansion gives us room so more of our team can be together at the same time,” Marvin said. “We continue to see value in a strong firm culture and the tertiary learning that takes place when we are able to spend time together.
“The open concept gives our staff greater flexibility. The team you are working with this week is likely different from the team you’ll be working with next week. With this design, we’re removing the barriers that exist in a traditional office space so our staff can more easily work with their team.”
Highlights of the new space include:
- Interior offices with glass walls at the core of each floor.
- Collaborative and cluster spaces on the exterior to take greater advantage of natural light and the river and downtown views.
- A significant investment in technology for conference and collaborative spaces.
- New office furniture that offers booth, pod, movable, and other seating options, as well as teardrop-shaped conference tables that better accommodate video meetings.
- A larger training center that can be used for staff and client training sessions.
About Plante Moran
Plante Moran is among the nation’s largest accounting, tax, consulting, and wealth management firms and provides a full line of business analytics and data management services to private and public sector organizations. Plante Moran has a staff of more than 3,300 professionals throughout the United States with international offices in Shanghai, China; Monterrey, Mexico; Mumbai, India; and Tokyo, Japan. Plante Moran has been recognized by a number of organizations, including Fortune magazine, as one of the country’s best places to work. For more information, visit plantemoran.com.