Just like the 300-plus Ronald McDonald Home Charities (RMHC) worldwide, RMHC of the Philadelphia Area supplies short-term housing to households with kids receiving medical care at close by healthcare amenities. The group’s West Philadelphia location opened in 1974 in a historic mansion, with additions made over time. In 2018, RMHC teamed up with EwingCole (Philadelphia) to additional broaden the home’s footprint to allow the group to develop from servicing 800 households to 1,900 households a 12 months.
The 93,000-square-foot undertaking, which was accomplished in January 2020, features a new reception space, 96 household bedrooms together with 12 with wheelchair-accessible bogs, and eight protected affected person suites on an isolation ground for immunocompromised people. Moreover, the present buildings have been renovated and a two-tiered backyard and patio have been added between the tower enlargement and current mansion, offering a buffer from the town in addition to a gathering place for households. “The undertaking program expands the present facility from a home to a group,” says Saul Jabbawy, principal and director of design at EwingCole.
The design incorporates optimistic distractions in addition to daylight and views by way of skylights and home windows. Moreover, the present constructing’s first ground was renovated with household and play areas unfold all through, and a brand new kitchen was added to be used by a visitor chef or households.
The design additionally incorporates environments with various ranges of privateness to help completely different residents’ wants and supply locations for respite and engagement. “A few of the areas contain extra energetic architectural interventions, colours, and design parts, whereas others are quieter, permitting people to have interaction quietly with a member of the family,” Jabbawy says.