Paving the Way
Honor a loved one or highlight your personal commitment to children’s mental health through a commemorative paver, bench or tree.Full Story
A Healing Environment, Connected to Nature
Washburn’s child-centered facility will integrate natural elements to create a multi-faceted healing environment.Full Story
The Washburn Training Institute
As Washburn prepares to build a new facility, it also aspires to create an innovative, national model for training clinicians in evidence-based practices in a children’s mental health center.Full Story
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 has purchased land west of downtown Minneapolis and plans to break ground in Summer 2013. 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