ICAN has officially opened the doors of its new Family Resource Center, marking the completion of Phase 1 of the project to unite the nonprofit’s youth and family programs and the Utica Children’s Museum.
With CSArch as a partner, ICAN’s vision became a reality in March 2020 when the organization first announced plans to renovate an existing building located in Utica’s Parkway District into the new Family Resource Center and Utica Children’s Museum. The project provides a more centralized location where families can access ICAN’s traditional and non-traditional services in modernized spaces that better serve the needs of the surrounding region.
Located on the first floor are spaces to support programs including Healthy Families Oneida County, Nurturing Parenting Program, Supervised Visitation, School-Based Services, TORCH, and Community Education and Training. A multi-purpose meeting room located off the main reception area is available for public use and provides a flexible space for presentations, training, and large group meetings.
Office and administrative functions occupy the third floor, which features a reception area, conference rooms, open office spaces, break-out rooms, executive offices, and upgraded technology throughout. Modern finishes and furniture were purposefully selected to reflect the ICAN brand, maximize flexibility, and promote employee health and well-being.
Construction is underway for Phase 2 of the project, which will renovate the second floor of the building into the new home for the Utica Children’s Museum. A 4,000 square foot rotunda addition will house the lobby, gift shop, two-story climbing structure, and stairway leading into the upper level museum exhibits. Upon completion in 2023, the children’s museum will be recognized as a universally designed building by the University of Buffalo IDEA Center for its accessible and inclusive design.
Click here to learn more about the project to centralize the ICAN Family Resource Center and Utica Children's Museum.