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“Designed to encourage a sense of normalcy for children and their families, providing an environment where “kids can be kids” to the fullest extent possible.”
The mission of Toronto’s Ronald McDonald House is to provide accommodation and enhance the quality of life for out-of-town families with seriously ill children through a caring and supportive “home away from home.”
The world-renowned Hospital for Sick Children draws families from across Canada and around the world. The average length of stay for families at Ronald McDonald House is 30 days but can be as long as a year. As outpatient care increases, more of the ill children reside in the House with their families, which may include siblings.
The new Ronald McDonald House is designed to accommodate 81 families making it the largest in Canada and the second largest in the world. The program includes 66 single-room family suites, 15 two-bedroom family suites, a house manager’s suite, communal areas including living, kitchen and dining areas and administration and support spaces. The house also includes a unique one room school that is directly connected to a garden and outdoor play area. In keeping with the design theme of a house in a garden in the city, outdoor gardens and recreation areas are integral to the design of the building and offer respite from stressful hospital experiences and environments.
Notwithstanding the special needs of the children, the new House is designed to encourage a sense of normalcy for the children and their families and to provide an environment where “kids can be kids” to the fullest extent possible.
Completion Date: 2011
Project Type: Residential
Building Size: 99,000 sq. ft.
LEED Status: LEED Gold Target