Project Spotlight: Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House Groundbreaking

This week, our client, the Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House celebrated a very exciting milestone: the groundbreaking of their expansion project. After months of planning and years of fundraising, the House broke ground in style with cocktails and light fare, a DJ, speakers near and dear to the project finally, an enormous 15 foot shovel that officially broke ground on the project, led by none other than Ronald McDonald himself.

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Speakers at the event included Former Philadelphia Eagles Coach Dick Vermeil, Board President Peter Degnant, Capital Campaign Chair Marlene Weinberg, Mayor Jim Kenney, PRMH Executive Director Susan Campbell, President and CEO of Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Madeline Bell and Jill Miller, PRMH Board Member.


The concluding speaker was David Kane, who was joined by his young daughter. David and his family were housed by Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House while their unborn child was treated for spina biffida at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. David spoke of the phenomenal support his family received from the house, and the community that he and the other families shared. During their time at the House, the Kanes developed amazing friendships, bonding over hardships and treatment milestones throughout their stay. “The House was the single greatest thing anyone has ever done for us. From the van rides, to the meals, to even having snacks in the kitchen-it was incredible.” The Kane’s son, Andrew, was born on May 29th and discharged a week later.

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Upon completion, the Jane and Alan B. Miller Tower will be eight stories and will add 88 bedrooms to the house. The expansion will more than double the House’s current capacity and will increase the amount of families helped on an annual basis from 800 families to an estimated 1,9000 families. This will make a huge impact on the families that Ronald McDonald House serves.


Project Team:

Project Managers- Watchdog Real Estate Project Management

Architect- EwingCole

General Contractor- P. Agnes

Civil Engineering- Pennoni

Engineering Consultant- David Chou & Associates


Mayor Jim Kenney

Marlene Weinberg, Capital Campaign Chair and Peter Degnan, Board President

Susan Campbell, Executive Director

David Kane and Daughter, former guests of Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House

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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