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Construction of GRCC’s new Secchia Piazza continues as scheduled

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An outside view of the Secchia Piazza construction from the corner of Ransom Avenue and Fountain Street on Nov. 22, 2021. (Anthony Clark Jr./The Collegiate)

Grand Rapids Community College received a $5 million investment this semester from the Peter Secchia family to construct a new piazza to the Secchia Institute for Culinary Education.

“The Secchia Piazza is on schedule to open next summer,” said GRCC Communications Director Dave Murray. “The project reflects a $5 million investment in GRCC from the late Peter Secchia and his family.”

A former outdoor patio outside of the Wisner-Bottrall Applied Technology Center will now be enclosed by a 31-foot-wide, 15-foot-tall skylight that includes colorful glass panels. This addition will provide more dining space for guests while creating more opportunities for culinary students at the college to expand their skills to prepare for the hospitality industry.

 The design of the floors will be created by art students at the college that reflect the various pathways culinary students take after while undergoing and graduating from the GRCC culinary program.

“We are very excited about this next chapter in telling the story of Secchia Institute for Culinary Education students, and creating Grand Rapids’ next iconic piece of architecture,” said Murray.

The construction is running as scheduled and is projected to be finished by summer  2022. Individuals can find the ATC Building at 151 Fountain St. NE.

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