Campaign Updates


A Vital Community Resource

With one in five children encountering a mental health challenge, the need for Washburn’s therapeutic services has expanded dramatically.

Washburn has responded by doubling the number of children it served in the past six years. Its existing building cannot accommodate our community’s growing needs.

The agency has launched a $24.5 million capital campaign, led by retired WCCO journalist Don Shelby, to build a new facility — a vital community resource that creates a space for young minds to heal and grow.

The new facility:
  • Responds to the community’s growing need
  • Provides an expanded and more effective therapeutic environment to support healing
  • Trains children’s mental health clinicians in best practices that will benefit our community and others across the nation

Washburn broke ground in Summer of 2013 and plans to occupy the space in late 2014. The new facility will help future generations of Twin Cities children thrive and achieve success in school, home and life.

New Facility Details

The child-centered facility will be a vital community resource for decades to come.

  • Site: 2.5 acres on Glenwood and Dupont Avenues in Minneapolis
  • Facility: 55,000 square feet, doubling the size of the current facility
  • Location: Accessible via public transportation
  • Architect: Mohammed Lawal, Lawal Scott Erickson Architects in association with DLR Group
  • Environmental Goals: A healing environment that incorporates natural Elements
  • Design Consultant: Richard Louv, author of The Last Child in the Woods

Learn more about this vital community resource.