Larger Ronald McDonald House Builds Hope in Connecticut

A new residential building destined to support families of children receiving life-saving care will soon rise across the street from the expanded Yale-New Haven Children's Hospital in Connecticut.

A new residential building destined to support families of children receiving life-saving care will soon rise across the street from the expanded Yale-New Haven Children’s Hospital in Connecticut.

Ronald McDonald House Connecticut

Ronald McDonald House Connecticut

Ronald McDonald House Charities of Connecticut and Massachusetts (RMH-CTMA) has recently announced the project, which will replace the current facility at 501 George Street.

Designed by Svigals + Partners, the upcoming 28,000-square-foot Ronald McDonald House will more than triple the number of guestrooms currently available. It will also provide integrated art and additional amenities meant to turn the place into a true home-away-from home.

“Our New Haven facility has needed to grow in size for some time,” Stocky Clark, RMH-CTMA’s executive director, said in a news release. “The design by Svigals+Partners will help us to do that while retaining the informal, homelike environment that our families need for their extended stays.”

The charitable organization has also launched a campaign to raise $2.5 million for the planned three-phase project, which will allow families to occupy the building while construction continues on Phases II and III. Once complete, the entire complex will ultimately have 37 to 42 guest rooms.

The initial phase will bring 18 guestrooms, each with a private bath, as well as two private day rooms, or “respite rooms,” dining room, kitchen, family lounges with TVs, laundry, children’s playroom, reception and living room. Construction on this component of the development is scheduled to begin in January 2016 and take one year to complete.

Photo credits: Svigals + Partners