Beatty Harvey Coco Architects,
The Whiting-Turner Contracting Company
(Ronald McDonald House)
The need to build a bigger, more accommodating space to shelter children and their families undergoing expensive medical treatment at Baltimore-based hospitals has been more than seven years in the making.
Last year, the new $34 million Ronald McDonald House Charities Maryland in the Jonestown neighborhood of Baltimore finally opened its doors after about two years of construction. The facility was designed and built by Beatty Harvey Coco Architects and The Whiting-Turner Contracting Company.
Since 1982, the facility has sheltered more than 40,000 families. The new six-story, 60,000-square-foot facility is more than three times larger than the old building on West Lexington Street near the University of Maryland Medical Center. It more than doubles the Ronald McDonald House’s capacity to accommodate 1,000 more families per year.
The new Ronald McDonald House is loaded with resources for families to ease their burdens as their children go through difficult treatments. These include 54 guestrooms and nine suites for bone marrow and transplant patients, a game room for children and play room for younger kids, a large main kitchen and a smaller kitchen for children with weakened immune systems.
The walls from the lobby to the top floor are adorned with stones containing get well messages from former residents who’ve stayed at the shelter.
There’s also a rooftop terrace, a meditation room, a classroom space, a family business center and an outdoor playground with an adjacent picnic and dining area.