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Grand Rapids – Real Estate and Research Facility Development

Project phase: Archived

Project background

  • 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.

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


  • $85,100,000. Funding will be provided through gifts, the general fund, and tax-exempt financing with debt repayment from a variety of sources, including the general fund. The combined budget, along with the demolition of the Grand Rapids Press Building ($3,000,000) is $88,100,000.

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