ExpERIEnce Children’s Museum awarded $5 million to construct three-story addition, create new outdoor space

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ExpERIEnce Children’s Museum will be receiving $5 million to construct a three-story addition to the current building and to create a new outdoor space.

The Children’s Museum is one of 16 community, economic development and revitalization projects that has been awarded money through the state Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP), Governor Tom Wolf announced in a news release Friday.

“I am pleased to announce these projects will receive the state funding they need to improve or create new community projects and facilities that add to the quality of life for residents in these communities,” Governor Wolf said in the release.

ExpERIEnce Children’s Museum will use the money to construct a three-story addition to the current building and to create a new exterior space for outdoor programming.

The grant will fund site preparation, foundation and concrete slabs, structural steel, building envelope, interior walls, and ceilings, finishes, and mechanical and electrical systems.

The work will also include renovations to the existing structure, including reworking of structural steel and the addition of energy efficient heating/cooling/lighting, electrical, plumbing, communication systems, and ADA compliant entrances.

We are deeply honored to have received state funding and recognition of ECM’s role as a trusted community resource. We are so grateful for this very generous gift, which will enable us to expand our reach in providing a safe, family-centered educational experience that inspires creativity, exploration, and imagination through play, interactive exhibits, and innovative programming.

Ainslie Brosig, Executive Director, ExpERIEnce Children’s Museum

Other projects include:

  • Adams County
    • Cumberland Township
    • Adams County Historical Society Museum, Archives & Education Center
    • $2 million
  • Allegheny County
    • Pittsburgh
    • Tree of Life
    • $6.6 million
  • Berks County
    • Jefferson Township
    • IUOE Local 542 JATC
    • $745,000        
  • Berks County
    • Reading
    • FirstEnergy Stadium
    • $7.5 million
  • Bucks County
    • Doylestown Township
    • Doylestown Hospital Children’s Village
    • $2 million
  • Delaware County
    • Chester City
    • Small Business Incubator and Corporate Center (SBICC)
    • $2 million
  • Lackawanna County
    • Scranton
    • The Fidelity Deposit and Discount Bank
    • $2 million
  • Philadelphia
    • Reading Terminal Market
    • $1 million
  • Philadelphia
    • Community College of Philadelphia, Main Campus – Student Services Center
    • $3 million
  • Philadelphia
    • Academy of Music, Inc          
    • $1.5 million
  • Philadelphia
    • Curtis Institute of Music
    • $2 million
  • York County
    • York City
    • Codorus Greenway
    • $10 million
  • York County
    • York City
    • Crispus Attucks York African American History Museum     
    • $4 million
  • York County
    • York City
    • Strand Capitol Performing Arts, Appell Center Infrastructure Revitalization $2 million     
    •  $2 million
  • York County
    • Spring Grove Borough
    • $3.2 million
    • Roth’s Church Road Community Partnership

“This money will help the expERIEnce Children’s Museum expand upon the safe, family-centered educational experience it has been providing to the Erie community for more than 25 years,” Sen. Laughlin, R, said in a news release.

“Securing this funding is going to allow the museum to expand its footprint and also offer new outdoor spaces for open-air programs,” state Rep. Pat Harkins, D, said in a news release. “With those additions, the museum will be able to accommodate more people and add additional exhibits and programs, making the experience even more exciting for young visitors.”

“It’s hard to overstate the importance of vivid, hands-on exhibits that stimulate kids’ senses and help them learn. Our children’s museum gives kids an amazing educational experience to complement what they learn in the classroom, and today’s funding is going to help ensure the museum has the capacity to expand those resources even further,” state Rep. Bob Merski, D, said in a news release.

Click here for the full list and details of the projects.

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