Completed: 2019 Architect: Dewberry | Wilson
The Ronald McDonald House (RMH) Houston Behind Every Door capital campaign funded the three-phase renovation project that addressed an increasing need to provide a home away from home to a growing number of families who are seeking medical care for their critically ill children, natural wear and tear to the building, and a need for a reconfigured floor plan. The ribbon-cutting ceremony on September 27, 2018 unveiled the renovated 50,000-sf flagship building, also built by Bellows, and the newly-built 16,000-sf, two-story tower. The first phase involved constructing a new two-story building over an existing surface parking lot. The expansion added 20 new bedrooms to the Holcombe House’s original 50. These rooms are about 500 sf and include ADA compliant walk-in showers, new room furnishings, and upgraded finishes. The second phase included the renovation of the current 50,000-sf original building with updates to critical infrastructure, including HVAC/mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and structural elements. These updates replaced original equipment that was needed to be replaced and could not support the larger facility. With backup generators, among other features, Holcombe House will have the capability to keep its residents comfortable and safe if an outage occurs. The renovation includes a new Feature Wall that extends from the first floor to the ceiling of the three-floor lobby. A larger kitchen with high-end appliances was added to better serve the families and volunteer groups. New playrooms and sports rooms as well as a fully-dedicated classroom were also refreshed and updating. To increase energy efficiency, all of the existing curtainwall glass and punched windows were retrofitted with glazing pocket extrusions and new insulated glass was installed. For the third phase, the50 existing bedrooms were demolished down to bare studs, revamped, and now feature new flooring, millwork and tile work as well as updated appliances, fixtures, and technological upgrades. This project enables RMH Houston to better serve more families needing a safe and loving home away from home.