HARRISBURG – A $5 million grant was awarded to the expERIEnce Children’s Museum Facility through the state Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP), according to Sen. Dan Laughlin (R-49).
“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 said.
The funding will be used to construct a three-story addition to the current Children’s Museum facility, as well as add 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 involve renovations to the existing structure, which will include reworking of structural steel and the addition of energy efficient heating/cooling/lighting, electrical, plumbing, communication systems, and ADA compliant entrances.
“The project will ensure the expERIEnce Children’s Museum continues to inspire childhood creativity and imagination for years to come,” said Sen. Laughlin.
RACP is administered by the Office of the Budget for the acquisition and construction of regional economic, cultural, civic, recreational, and historical improvement projects. RACP projects are authorized in the Redevelopment Assistance section of a Capital Budget Itemization Act, have a regional or multi-jurisdictional impact, and generate substantial increases or maintain current levels of employment, tax revenues, or other measures of economic activity.
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