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. With a doubling of children served in the past six years, demand outstripped the facility's ability to accommodate the community's growing needs. DLR Group's design upholds the client's vision for a therapeutic child-centered space, one that creates a multi-faceted healing environment. Beginning with a program twice that of its former size, emphasizing flexibility and adaptability, the design team organized work flow to maximize space efficiency. The program also addresses privacy concerns in providing a number of private office/therapy rooms used by both part-time and full-time mental health professionals. The new environment connects clients to nature as much as possible. This influence in manifested in 100% daylighting to all spaces, in curved corridors, in a soft color palette, in a large integrated playground, and in lush landscaping. Designed to LEED standards, the building's systems were designed for operational efficiency and indoor air quality. 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 for 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.