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Grand Rapids – Real Estate and Research Facility Development

Project phase: Construction

The Secchia Center, headquarters for the MSU College of Human Medicine (CHM), is a privately-funded medical education building located in Grand Rapids along the "Medical Mile”. Since the Secchia Center's opening in 2010, CHM has reached its expansion goal of 800 students and has built a successful research platform in west Michigan. Centers of excellence in research on Parkinson’s disease, women's reproductive health, cutaneous oncology (Melanoma) and breast cancer are currently conducted by MSU scientists in research laboratories in leased space. To sustain and enhance CHM's trajectory in research growth, it is critical to develop a comprehensive strategy to establish appropriate facilities in Grand Rapids to house researchers and advance the University's mission.

Project details:

Development of a comprehensive strategy to establish appropriate research facilities to house researchers and advance the university's mission. The new facility will be located on the former Grand Rapids Press site at the northeast corner of Monroe Avenue and Michigan Street in Grand Rapids, Michigan. This project involves construction of an approximately 160,000 square foot multi-story research building. Initially four floors will be built-out and one floor will be shelled, providing future research laboratory capacity necessary to support planned research growth.

To follow the progress of the construction, visit the MSU Grand Rapids Research Center website, or view the construction web cam.

Project scope:

  • Project designed with open\flexible labs for 33 principal investigators
  • Shelled floor for an additional 11 PIs
  • Vivarium built to accommodate 44 PIs
  • 162,680 gross square feet


Start of construction: June 2015

Substantial completion: July 2017 

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