GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — The Michigan State University Grand Rapids Research Center has received a $5 million donation.
The university announced Friday that Peter and Joan Secchia donated a second $5 million gift to help complete the $30 million campaign for the $88 million building, which opened in 2017.
“The research center has been an incredible magnet to bring in some of the best research teams from across the country focusing on the most important problems that people face like Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s, autism and cancer,” said Dr. Norman J. Beauchamp Jr., MSU’s executive vice president for health sciences
In 2016, Richard and Helen DeVos and the Secchias gave a combined gift of $15 million to launch the capital campaign for the construction of the MSU Grand Rapids Research Center. Before that, the couples donated $20 million to build and name the Secchia Center, according to a MSU news release.
“It’s creating this convergence. On the mile, it’s Grand Valley, Spectrum, Van Andel Research Institute but then it’s also Pine Rest, Mary Free Bed, Mercy Health Saint Mary’s. It’s bringing together all of those groups,” Beauchamp said.
The Secchia Center is MSU College of Human Medicine’s headquarters in downtown Grand Rapids.
On Nov. 18, officials will break ground right next door on the new Doug Meijer Medical Innovation Center.