Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House

Philadelphia, PA
  • 153,000 square feet
  • 100+ room housing expansion
  • Out-of-the-ground tower which connected to two existing structures
  • Coordinated phased construction schedule around real-time fundraising

Watchdog managed the large-scale housing expansion project for Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House. The project involved the construction of an eight story out-of-the-ground tower, which involved careful coordination of shared easements with neighboring buildings on a tight urban site.

The existing site included “The Mansion” building and the attached US Healthcare Center. Both of these buildings remained intact and fully functional throughout the entire construction process. The tower surrounds and attaches to the existing structures.

This project is especially exciting for Watchdog because of its mission. The House added approximately 100 rooms to their facility, which helps accommodate the demand for families with critically ill children who are in need of care.

The project was completed in multiple phases. As is the case with any non-profit, budget was strongly tied to capital campaign and fundraising. A great deal of flexibility was required from each consultant involved. Watchdog led the coordination of the project scope, timeline, and cost based on the status of fundraising. We worked very closely with the internal Ronald McDonald House team so stakeholders understood what decisions needed to be made ASAP and what options could be deferred.


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