Tuesday, August 16, 2011

The next phase for Ronald McDonald House

MHAworks was recently hired to plan and design a 27,000 square foot expansion to the existing 20,000 square foot Ronald McDonald Residential Support Facility. This project is designed to achieve LEED silver certification. We are employing simple, straightforward, and durable construction techniques in the design of this building. Large overhangs, appropriately scaled fenestration, and general detailing all contribute to a comfortable, homelike environment for the guests. The expansion creates a large, secure courtyard, free from traffic noise of adjacent highways, with age-appropriate amenities for all generations of guests. Our design approach separates what would otherwise be a massive 27,000 square foot building into five smaller residentially scaled structures composed of one and two bedroom suites with shared common gathering areas. These additional 24 bedrooms for extended stay purposes with specific room uses mandate a number of in room kitchens. Other rooms will be served by a free standing community building with kitchens, dining, a play room, game room and lounge areas. This separate facility will help decompress the current House’s dining and living areas.  MHAworks’ history with the Ronald McDonald house is deeply rooted starting back in the early 80’s when Michael Hining worked on the original building. In 2005 MHAworks design the renovation of the facility as well as an addition. We also completed the Ronald McDonald Resource Room at UNC Hospitals in 2011.

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