Project Management Pioneers – Ronald McDonald House Expansion

Watchdog Real Estate Highlights Ronald McDonald House Expansion

Watchdog Real Estate is currently working with Ronald McDonald House on their expansion project on Chestnut Street in Philadelphia. The multi-phased project includes a new eight-story guest room tower that will provide an initial increase in guest count and allow for future growth. Currently, there are forty guest rooms with hopes to expand to over one hundred.

“This project is especially exciting and dear to our office because of its mission,” said Natalie Malawey-Ednie, Director of Project Management and Professional Development. “We feel privileged to be a part of this project and to help.”

Malawey-Ednie refers to Ronald McDonald House as an architecturally exciting and challenging project. It is done in multiple phases and similar to any non-profit, it is strongly tied to their capital campaign and fundraising. It required flexibility from the entire team in the approach of scope, timeline, and cost.

“We want to be prepared,” explained Malawey-Ednie. “We want to jump on all these phases and set the house up so they can move forward through all of the phases seamlessly and be prepared for future work.”

Malawey-Ednie admitted it takes much coordination on various levels and clear communication to Ronald McDonald House so they can understand what decisions have to be made now and what options can be deferred.

Ronald McDonald House supports families of seriously ill children by creating a community of comfort and hope. In 2016, they impacted the lives of more than 5.5 million children and their families around the world. Established in 1970, Philadelphia is home to the first Ronald McDonald House in the world.

Katie Craven
Katie Craven is Marketing, Communication and Brand Manager at Watchdog Real Estate Project Managers, a real-estate consulting firm that provides owner’s representation and project management services. More about Watchdog Real Estate Project Managers as well as additional blog posts can be found here.
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