Greenwood Center Moves Closer to Completion


While much of campus remains quiet, there is one section full of activity, as crews have been busy finishing up the most recent phase of the Greenwood Center project.    

The former elementary school is in the midst of being converted to a facility dedicated to serving those with autism and other neurodevelopmental disorders. Since 2015, Truman has been completing the project in phases based on the availability of state support and private donations.

The current development phase should conclude by the end of May. Recent work includes: sidewalk and parking lot construction with site lighting; electrical service rough-in; voice and data infrastructure; sanitary sewer service; storm sewer; new water service; perimeter fencing; replacement of gutters and downspouts; and new paint on the exterior wood trim.  

Funding for this portion of the Greenwood Center project comes from appropriated state capital funds and private donations. In 2019, Truman received a $1.1 million grant from the Sunderland Foundation of Kansas City, to be spread out over two years. The Sunderland Foundation specializes in grants for planning, design, construction and renovation, particularly in the fields of higher education, youth servicing agencies and health care facilities.  

With this phase complete, the University will continue to pursue private donations and grants to further the project. An estimated $4.4 million is needed to get the Greenwood Center up and running.

Once it is finished, the Greenwood Center will be the area’s only interprofessional center dedicated to serving those with autism and other neurodevelopmental disorders. In addition to licensed professionals on staff, the comprehensive center will provide a valuable opportunity for students to engage in hands-on, high-impact learning experiences.

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