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GRCC construction ongoing in various areas as warm weather persists

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)

With the onset of warmer spring temperatures, several construction projects are in progress on Grand Rapids Community College’s campus.

Among the ongoing projects is the continuing work on the Secchia Piazza. The addition will be used by GRCC students, faculty and staff and will also double as an event space as well.

In an email to The Collegiate, GRCC’s Director of Communications, Dave Murray noted that the project will still continue for several months.

“The Secchia Piazza project is on schedule for an early fall completion,” Murray stated. “…and the event space will provide new opportunities for students in the Secchia Institute for Culinary Education.”

Murray also noted that the new Secchia Plaza will cost approximately $4 million, all from donations. Unlike the upcoming sStudent cCenter renovation, which will draw heavily from government funds, the Secchia Plaza will be primarily supported by donors.

Work on the Student Center is continuing as well. Much of the work is internal and designed to improve comfort and air quality.

“Work in the Student Center should be completed by the end of this month,” Murray stated. “Much of the work in the building will improve the heating and air condition, especially focusing on improving air flow and quality.”

There is also ongoing work to increase the space available to both students and faculty as well. 

“Additional work is being completed on the third floor in the counseling area, with renovations aimed at improved spaces to assist students,” Murray stated. “Staff members were relocated during the work, and are expected to be able to move back into their offices during the first week in June.”

The work on the Student Center is expected to cost $1.4 million, much of which will be covered by resources from the federal government.

Both projects aim to make students more comfortable, while also providing them with the valuable work facilities that they deserve. 


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