HEALTHCARE AS HOME: RONALD MCDONALD HOUSE

Oak Lawn
A Healing Home Away From Home
Photo © © Doug Snower
Views From Hospital
Photo © © Doug Snower
Natural Light & Shared Spaces
Photo © © Doug Snower
Treehouse Visible by Children in Hospital
Photo © © Doug Snower
Communal Kitchen for Sharing and Support
Photo © © Doug Snower
View From Treehouse
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Child's Hospital View of Treehouse
Photo © © Doug Snower
Contemplative Walks in Natural Landscape
Photo © © Doug Snower
Volunteers Cooking in Communal Kitchen
Photo © Courtesy of Ronald McDonald House
Treehouse Detail
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Architects
Architecture Is Fun
Location
Oak Lawn
Year
2007
Cost
1M - 100M
Stories
1-5 Stories
Client
Ronald McDonald House Charities
Team
Sharon Exley, Peter Exley, Architecture Is Fun, Fun Finders, Constantine Vasilios & Associates
Wood Flooring - Antique Oak
Carlisle Wide Plank Floors
Porcelain Tile & Mosaic Tile
DalTile
Carpet
InterfaceFLOR
Wood Stain
Cabot Stains
Paints
Benjamin Moore
Counter Solid Surfacing
Corian Surfaces
Laminate
Abet Laminati
Fabrics
Architex LJH
Fabric
Maharam
Office Furnishings
Steelcase North America
Outdoor Furnishings
Knoll

A HOME AWAY FROM HOME IN THE WOODS:
Building a multifamily “home away from home” for families of seriously ill children demonstrates the importance of building a sense of community through support, socialization, and shared experience. The three-story house nestled in a grove of trees greets families upon arrival, expressing the essence of home.

The house brings the serenity that families are looking for.
~ Mary Agnes Laguatan, Director of Programs, Ronald McDonald House Charities

Design Impact
• Economical and responsible construction.
• Sustainable strategies included careful site placement limiting removal of existing trees, green roof atop the porte cochêre, reduction of heating and cooling costs, and lessening storm water run-off in a neighborhood susceptible to flooding.
• Recycled carpet content, reuse of FSC antique wood flooring, Energy Star appliances, natural content furnishings and fabrics, and low-flow fixtures.

Social Impact
• Designed through an envisioning process with family end users, hospital representatives, and members of the board of the Ronald McDonald House Charities.
• Services over 600 families, 850 meals, and encourages volunteerism at 30,000 hours per year.

This house keeps families together when they need each other most. By building this house, we change lives.
~ Bill Keyser, RMHC Board of Directors.

Outstanding Project Award, Association of Subcontractors and Affiliates, 2008 – 2009.
Award given to recognize an outstanding project.

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