Truman State University’s Greenwood Center Project
Repurposing a Historic Community Building into Northeast Missouri’s First Interprofessional Autism Center
The former Greenwood Elementary School, a treasured community building in Kirksville, is being converted to a facility dedicated to serving those with autism and other neurodevelopmental disorders.
Originally built in 1935, the Greenwood School served elementary students in Kirksville for more than six decades. Truman State University bought the building in 1999 when the Kirksville School District built a new elementary school, and the former Greenwood Elementary School has primarily been used as a storage facility since that time.
About the Greenwood Center Project
In the fall of 2015, Truman launched a plan to convert the building to an interprofessional center designed to provide in-depth, interdisciplinary assessment and intervention for children with autism or suspected autism as well as other neurodevelopmental disorders. The plan received strong bipartisan support from state legislators and the governor during the 2016 legislative session. In August 2016, the Truman State University Board of Governors approved the architectural services of Mackey Mitchell for the Greenwood Center Project.
This comprehensive health services center will be staffed with licensed professionals in addition to supervised graduate and undergraduate students enrolled in health-related, academic programs. The center will serve as a much-needed practicum site for a number of the health-related programs. It will also provide a valuable opportunity for students to engage in “hands-on” high-impact learning experiences.Support the Greenwood Center