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Building Facts

  • 180,000 square feet
  • 4,000 cubic yards of concrete
  • 160,000 pounds of duct work
  • 1,200 tons of structural steel
  • 6,500 square yards of carpeting
  • 320,000 man/woman construction hours
  • All finish materials are sustainable with low/no VOC content in paints
  • Most materials came from within 500 miles of Grand Rapids
  • 80% of waste from the construction project was recycled

Points of Interest

Virtual Microscopy Lab (2nd Floor)
This is an area where students examine pathology slides or biopsy slides, but instead of looking under a microscope, they use high resolution computers, flat panel screens and advanced technology to see cells cross-wise and in new ways.

Problem-Based Learning (2nd Floor)
As the creator of this revolutionary teaching model, MSU's problem-based learning (PBL) labs teach future physicians to be problem solvers with a team-based approach to medical diagnostics using advanced technology to find answers.

Study Areas (3rd Floor)
The building has several collaborative study areas designed for informal group study, as well as a large quiet study area that includes a reserve collection of reference materials.

Connectivity Bridge (3rd Floor)
Next to the Office of Admissions is a bridge that joins the Secchia Center with the next-door medical professional building. The Michigan Street health sciences corridor will soon be connected with a series of bridges, allowing students, faculty and researchers easy access from the Secchia Center to Van Andel Institute and Spectrum Health.

Dean's Suite (4th Floor)
In addition to the office of Dean Norman J. Beauchamp Jr, MD, MHS, the dean's suite houses the Grand Rapids executive dean and associate dean, and other college administrators including academic affairs, capital and strategic planning, research, finance, external relations, advancement, alumni relations, accounting, human resources and communications.