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New Ronald McDonald House at Yale-New Haven Hospital Design Selected

As Yale-New Haven Children’s Hospital has grown, tripling the number of inpatient and outpatient services to young people in need of life-saving care, so also has the need for services to support the families of those children. Thankfully, Ronald McDonald House Charities of Connecticut and Massachusetts has announced plans for a new Ronald McDonald House.

Replacing the current facility, the planned 28,000-square-foot facility will more than triple the number of guestrooms currently available.

The project will be built in three phases, allowing families to occupy the facility while construction continues outside for Phases II and III. The first phase will provide 18 guest rooms, each with a private bath. The previous facility at 501 George Street offered only shared baths, diminishing the role of privacy in making the place a true home away from home. Phase I will  also include two private day rooms, or “respite rooms.”

When all three phases are complete, the facility will total between 37 and 42 bedrooms. The design offers natural daylight and finish materials throughout, as well as water features and plants in entrance and common areas. The project also features integrated sculpture on the street-facing side of the building: designed by founding principal Barry Svigals, FAIA. The figurative sculptures depict human forms that appear to be holding up the building itself–a nod to the theme of support for families.

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