Washburn Center for Children
Minnesota Department of Administration
1104 Glenwood Ave Minneapolis, MN
Washburn Center for Children
New Construction | 2014

Washburn Center for Children is a children’s mental health center that provides healing therapeutic services. Indoor environmental quality was discussed at the initial stages of the new facility design, and was written into the Owners Project Requirement document. Due to the nature of the facility, acoustic privacy was the highest IEQ priority. An external acoustician was brought onto the design team to ensure that there was no noise transfer from space to space. Duct penetrations through adjacent therapy areas were eliminated and all internal walls were built up to deck.

Another project goal was to achieve high levels of daylight and lighting control. The design allows 96% of regularly occupied spaces to be adequately illuminated by daylight, and glazing on interior walls enables borrowed daylight to enter internal spaces. Additionally, 92% of regularly occupied spaces, including all therapeutic spaces, have views to the outside. Results from a recent post-occupancy survey revealed that employees felt that both the overall facility and their primary workspace enhance their work performance and health. Employees were satisfied with nearly every surveyed aspect of their work environment, with daylighting, view conditions, appearance, and cleaning and maintenance rising to the top.

This project is the winner of the 2016 Best of B3 Indoor Environmental Quality - Workplace Award.


Project Details
LocationMinneapolis, MN
Construction TypeNew Construction
Building TypeHealthcare
OrganizationMinnesota Department of Administration
OwnerWashburn Center for Children
Building Area76,720 sf
Vegetated Area0.82 acres
Number Of Stories3
Year of Occupancy2014

Design Team
ArchitectLSE Architects, Inc./DLR Group
Mechanical EngineerDLR Group
Structural EngineerClark Engineering Corporation
Civil EngineerClark Engineering Corporation
ContractorM.A. Mortenson Company
Commissioning AgentDunham Associates, Inc.
Energy ModelerThe Weidt Group
Electrical EngineerDLR Group
Landscape ArchitectOslund and Assoc.
Building ManagerWashburn Center for Children

Design Submission Status
Design Compliance
Operations Submission Status
Operations Compliance

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