Insurance Group Moves Headquarters to Downtown Grand rapids

September 30, 2020

Specialty insurance group, AmWINS Group, will be moving its West Michigan office to 37 Ottawa in Downtown Grand Rapids. The new 6,954-SF office space in Grand Rapids will be located on the building’s second floor.

AmWINS currently has 118 locations across 31 states and 12 countries. The group offers a variety of benefits products, specializing in property, casualty, professional lines and specialty group offerings.

While its current office is located on 28th St, AmWINS will be making the move to the heart of Downtown Grand Rapids, adding to the City’s continued growth. “We’ve been a part of West Michigan since 1970 when Charles McAlear founded McAlear Associates,” said AmWINS Operations Manager, Kelly Jones. “And we look forward to continued success bringing AmWINS to the downtown area.”

37 Ottawa is one of the newest commercial spaces in Grand Rapids. Though the building was built in 1887, CWD Real Estate has put in a tremendous amount of time and effort to restore it since acquiring the property in 2012 In addition to the office spaces, the building also has a restaurant space on the ground floor.

The project’s completion in 2019 unveiled the restoration of many of the building’s historic qualities, including its facade and window arches, while completely replacing all of the mechanical, electrical, and ventilation systems, providing modern functions to properly serve businesses today. Today, 37 Ottawa and the neighboring AC Hotel at 50 Monroe are located within steps of the City’s most popular entertainment destinations.

The City has seen increased activity over the last year. With the variety of new projects-in-progress throughout the downtown, Grand Rapids is poised to continue its remarkable growth. “We are so excited to welcome AmWins to downtown Grand Rapids, 37 Ottawa, and the CWD family,” said Sam Cummings, Managing Partner of CWD. “Their choice of this iconic building validates our comprehensive restoration— everything aside from the structure in this building is brand new — including the custom made insulated windows. This building truly represents the best of the old and the best of the new in an extraordinary location in the center of our City. We are grateful to them for choosing our City— and our team for caring for their new headquarters.”

The addition of groups like AmWINS to Downtown Grand Rapids supports this excitement and energy, while bringing more people and businesses to the core of our city. “It’s been exciting to see the city of Grand Rapids evolving with growth & vibrancy,” said Jones. “And it will be advantageous to become a part of this dynamic growth in 2021.”

AmWINS Group will be located in Suite 202 at 37 Ottawa Ave NW in Downtown Grand Rapids. 37 Ottawa is also home to Trellis, Korte & Kowatch, and Townsquare Media. Click here to learn more about available spaces at 37 Ottawa.


CWD Real Estate Investment is a leading, local real estate investment and property management firm in Grand Rapids. Formed in 2008 by partners Sam Cummings, Scott Wierda, and Dan DeVos, CWD commits to strengthening the urban center and community of Grand Rapids by making strategic investments that provide high-quality places to work, eat, shop, live, and be entertained.