A Vital Community Resource

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

In 2014, the agency successfully completed 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 Center moved into the new facility in December 2014. The new space 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.