Expansion of Ronald McDonald House Houston Complete


Expansion of Ronald McDonald House Houston Complete
New tower expands capacity by 40 percent
Fairfax, VA—May 2, 2019

Construction is complete on the expansion and renovation of the Ronald McDonald House Houston’s Holcombe House, a $24.5-million project that has added 20 new bedrooms and expands the facility’s capacity to accommodate families by 40 percent. The project was designed by Dewberry.
The three-phased project included construction of a new residential tower that connects to the existing three-story Holcombe House via sky bridges on the second and third levels, upgrades to all of the facility’s critical infrastructure including the HVAC systems, renovation of the first floor of Holcombe House, and renovation of the existing 50 bedrooms and bathrooms to meet ADA requirements. The family intake area was also reconfigured to provide private spaces for families.
In addition to the added capacity, the improvements have created a more open floor plan to foster a sense of community among families while also providing additional private, quiet areas. “This expansion has enabled us to create an atmosphere of caring and comfort for families of sick children,” says Major Rick Noriega, chief executive officer of the Ronald McDonald House Houston. “We wanted to provide spaces in which families could congregate and support each other through sharing their experiences.”
Located on 2.5 acres in the Texas Medical Center, the Ronald McDonald House Houston offers a “home away from home” for families with children being treated at Texas Medical Center hospitals. The facility accommodates families from throughout the United States and overseas, and has operated consistently at full capacity with as many as 12 to 15 families each day unable to obtain lodging.
Dewberry served as prime architect for the project and also provided interior design services. Affiliated Engineers, Inc., provided mechanical, electrical, and plumbing engineering; and Walter P. Moore & Associates provided civil and structural engineering. Technology services were provided by Telios Engineers, and graphics were provided by FMG. W.S. Bellows Construction served as the general contractor.

About Dewberry
Dewberry is a leading, market-facing firm with a proven history of providing professional services to a wide variety of public- and private-sector clients. Recognized for combining unsurpassed commitment to client service with deep subject matter expertise, Dewberry is dedicated to solving clients’ most complex challenges and transforming their communities. Established in 1956, Dewberry is headquartered in Fairfax, Virginia, with more than 50 locations and 2,000+ professionals nationwide. To learn more, visit www.dewberry.com.

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