Kapnick Insurance Group announced today that the grand opening of their newly renovated office building located at 1201 Briarwood Circle, adjacent to the Briarwood Mall will be on July 18th. The company’s two current Ann Arbor offices – Kapnick Insurance Group located on Victors Way and the Ufer & Co. office on Stadium Boulevard, will be consolidated into this one new location.
The project began in August, 2010 when Kapnick Insurance Group purchased the former La-Z-Boy Furniture Gallery building on Briarwood Circle, and began extensive interior and exterior renovation. The interior renovation included breaking up the expansive 18,500 square foot space into offices, conference and seminar areas, workrooms, a kitchen area and a spacious lobby. Windows were knocked out of the east and south walls of the building to allow an abundance of natural light into the office areas. A large meeting space was an integral part of the design, and will allow the company to host large meetings and seminars on-site.
The building has been officially named the “Ufer Building” in honor of legendary University of Michigan football announcer Bob Ufer, founder of Ufer & Co. Insurance, which has been an integral part of the Ann Arbor business community for over 60 years. Kapnick purchased Ufer & Co. in January, 2009, and they have continued to operate out of their offices on Stadium Boulevard. David and Tom Ufer, Bob’s sons, remain active with the company. With the move to the Briarwood Circle location, Ufer and Co. will also be consolidated into the Kapnick Insurance Group name. “Our view is that by integrating Kapnick Insurance Group and Ufer & Co. Insurance under one logo and in one location, we are building a stronger organization from the best of two,” according to Jim Kapnick, President, “I feel this is a positive step for both current and potential clients, and a very critical step for the company as we continue to grow and improve our offerings to the residents and businesses of Washtenaw County.”