College of

Secchia Center

The headquarters for the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine is the Secchia Center, is a $90 million, privately-funded medical education building that opened September 2010.

Named for MSU alumni Joan and Ambassador Peter F. Secchia, the Secchia Center is a symbol of what can be accomplished through collaboration with the college’s partners Spectrum Health, Van Andel Institute and Mercy Health Saint Mary’s. This unique public-private partnership is the cornerstone for life sciences in West Michigan—and a new model for medical education and health care nationwide.

The Gold LEED® Certified Secchia Center is designed to help create a community of learners with multiple opportunities for interaction and serves as a social center for students, faculty, staff and visitors.

Its slightly upward curved roof canopy cuts a distinctive profile against the sky, projecting a dynamic sculptural image notable from afar. The building integrates etched glass and ceramic tiles especially designed for the Secchia Center.

Plants and trees, a metaphor for the human body, were chosen for this building dedicated to educating healers of the human body.