Washburn Center for Children1100 Glenwood Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55405
Design Achievement - Washburn Center for Children is Minnesota's leading children's mental health center, caring for a wide variety of social, emotional and behavioral needs. Based on a growing demand for services, the client envisioned a child-centered environment that supported therapeutic needs within a comfortable, calming, and supportive atmosphere. Integrated into the neighborhood's existing tapestry, subtle and effective design cues reach out and greet visitors with a safe and welcoming environment. In order to meet a variety of program functions, spaces throughout the building emphasize flexibility and adaptability. The design team organized program space adjacencies to maximize inter-connectivity and provide simple wayfinding and circulation. The new environment is filled with natural daylight and connects to nature through strategic views to the surrounding grounds. The building's systems were designed for operational efficiency and indoor air quality which directly impacts the emotional health of facility staff and patients. In addition to an increased capacity for serving children and families, the new Center is able to enhance its training program with the new Washburn Training Institute supporting children's mental health professionals throughout the state.
Scope Summary - The new 55,000 SF, three-story building sits on a 2.5 acre reclaimed urban site. Funded by a $24.5 million capital campaign, the new Center is a vital community resource that creates a space for young minds to heal and grow. The facility includes a training center, conference rooms, classrooms, private office/therapy rooms, underground parking and an outdoor playground. In partnership with Interior Architect LSE, DLR Group served as Architect of Record and provided architecture and engineering services.