RONALD MCDONALD HOUSE BC

RONALD MCDONALD HOUSE BC

Vancouver, BC

The new Ronald McDonald House of British Columbia (RMHBC) provides a “home away from home” for out of town families with children receiving medical treatment at BC Women’s and Children’s Hospital. Growing from their old residence serving 12 families to a new 73 family facility risked a significant shift in the delivery of services and the culture of the new larger home for the RMHBC organization. At the outset, the architect and client sought a solution that would feel like a home and not a hotel. The architect’s ambition was to preserve the nurturing, closely-bonded social connection found in the original 12 family Shaughnessy house. From beginning to end the architect integrated layers to the design that would help families find both solace and community as they go through one of the most significant and challenging moments of life with their severely sick child.


Achievements and Awards

2016 Governor General’s Award in Architecture

2015 Lieutenant-Governor of BC Award
in Architecture (Merit)

2015 Masonry Institute of BC –
Award of Excellence – Low Rise

 

MICHAEL GREEN, PROJECT PRINCIPAL
PROJECT INITIATED BY MCFARLANE GREEN BIGGAR ARCHITECTURE + DESIGN

The new House serves 73 families and includes common spaces, kitchen + dining areas, fitness facilities, library resources, office areas, educational space and outdoor play areas. The new facility incorporates the most current building systems available to provide for a safe environment for all children including those with compromised immune systems. The House features an innovative tilt-up CLT wood structure, and is LEED Gold Certified.