Child Advocacy Project Wins Construction Award

The Child Advocacy Network’s (CAN) new headquarters, built by Nabholz, has been recognized as the winner of the 2023 AGCOK Build Oklahoma-Institutional, $5M-$10M construction award by the Association of General Contractors of Oklahoma (AGCOK).

CAN’s new office underwent a drastic renovation to transform a vacant, aged building into a facility to inspire hope and healing. The inviting new building provides a multidisciplinary team one location to conduct forensic interviews, medical evaluations, mental health services, and case review and management.

“Our new building will make positive, generational impacts” said CAN President and CEO Maura Guten. “The ability to serve more children and families in a specialized space with state-of-the-art technology and professionals is out of this world. It is the largest advocacy center in the nation, and now we have the infrastructure to support such a need.”

The building, designed by Narrate, incorporates house-like structures that serve as entries and spaces for the Department of Human Services, Tulsa Police Department, CAN staff, and Tulsa County District Attorneys. The entire facility includes six forensic interview rooms; over 30 offices and meeting rooms; over 10 exam and consult rooms; over 10 waiting rooms; four therapy rooms and medical testing; a conference center and terrace; playground; doghouse and run; a kitchen; and breakrooms.

Spanning over 30,000 square feet, the $6.5 million project took 10 months to complete construction. Link Group Consulting served as the owner’s representative.

“We are overjoyed with our new space,” says Guten, “Nabholz consistently delivered outstanding results, even during times of such uncertainty with economic and environmental challenges. They literally achieved the impossible! It has been my pleasure to walk hand and hand with Nabholz, Narrate, and Link Group. We could not have gone through such a process without them or our very generous donors.”

Nabholz Regional President Michael Feamster describes the project as one of the most memorable projects to date.

“CAN’s project is one of the most dramatic renovations we have completed. This space had very little to begin with but with outstanding partnerships in Narrate, Link Group, and CAN, we were able to achieve not just a facility that is remarkable, but one that will make notable impacts on families’ lives forever,” he said. “Nabholz feels privileged to be a part of something that will foster hope for so many, and it’s a very significant project for us for all of these reasons.”

About Children’s Advocacy Network

Founded in 1988, the Children’s Advocacy Network (formerly Child Abuse Network) is Tulsa’s leading nonprofit organization dedicated to providing free comprehensive intervention services for child abuse victims aged 17 and under and their non-offending families. With a mission to break the cycle of abuse, the Children’s Abuse Network offers a safe, nurturing, and child-friendly environment where victims can heal and families can find support. For more information, visit childadvocacynetwork.org or follow us on Facebook.

About Nabholz

Founded as a small construction company 75 years ago, Nabholz is a team of 1,400 industry-leading professionals serving our clients, communities, and each other. Through the decades, we’ve grown into a national multi-service contractor with over $1B in annual volume and an unmatched variety of services in construction, facility maintenance, industrial and specialty installation, energy efficiency, and excavation. Across seven states, we are committed to our guiding principles of safety, quality, service, and innovation. We operate today with a simple purpose in mind: to grow our people, serve our clients, and build our communities. For more information, visit www.nabholz.com.

About Narrate

Narrate Design is an architectural, interiors, and planning firm inspired by people-first design. The name, Narrate, articulates the parallels between storytelling and architectural design. It captures the idea that with every project, Narrate creates environments that tell your story with purpose, clarity, and a distinct point of view. Founded in 1993, Narrate (formerly Selser Schaefer Architects) has grown from 2 founders to 35 professionals led by 3 partners. The firm has completed thousands of projects throughout the country, and they are known for collaborating with a rich spectrum of clients across a variety of project types — and it shows in their diverse body of work. Projects include everything from inspired placemaking and renovations to thoughtful work, learning, and community environments. Among these diverse environments, you’ll find a common theme: people. They are at the heart of every story and at the center of every design.