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Ronald McDonald House undergoes $1.2M renovation
The Ronald McDonald House of Western Michigan is undergoing a $1.2-million renovation to improve the comfort and safety of the house for the families staying there.
The project will be the first renovation of the Ronald McDonald House of Western Michigan, or RMHWM, since it was constructed in 1990.
The house, located in Grand Rapids at 1323 Cedar St. NE, serves as a “home away from home” for families of children 21 and under seeking medical care in West Michigan.
RMHWM said this week that it engaged a variety of funding sources, with the lead donor being Ronald McDonald House Charities of Outstate Michigan.
Holland-based contractor Elzinga & Volkers has been hired to lead the project, which has been named the Safe, Warm and Dry Project.
The project is expected to be completed by Sept. 15.
Renovation plans include upgrades to the 19,000-square-foot facility’s interior and exterior, as well as installation of a new HVAC system and a new security system.
Interior upgrades will include new doors and hardware, LED light fixtures, floor coverings, paint, kitchen upgrades and a reconfiguration of the office area.
Exterior upgrades will include new siding, roof, windows, doors, energy-efficient exterior lighting and a new front entrance sidewalk with built-in snowmelt system to ensure the house is accessible 24/7.
The new energy-efficient HVAC system, including individual temperature controls in every guest room, will be installed to ensure comfort for everyone.
The new modern security system will include key-card entry at all doors and guest rooms, security camera, fire alarm systems and an emergency backup power generator.
RMHWM said it has provided quality living accommodations and support services to more than 13,000 families seeking medical care in West Michigan since it opened.
It serves 17 families at a time, 24 hours a day and 365 days a year.
Marcie Lewis, RMHWM executive director, said the house is typically above 90 percent occupancy, with about 35 people staying there each night throughout the year.
“That’s a lot of use for one house, and inevitably, there is going to be wear and tear that needs mending,” she said.
Lewis said besides increasing comfort and safety for its guests, the renovations will also stave off more costly repairs down the road.
The house has 17 bedrooms with private baths, with two being isolation equipped and three being handicap accessible.
Common rooms include a large family style kitchen with four complete cooking areas, dining room, great room with fireplace, sitting room, sunroom overlooking a playground area and walking path, laundry room, children's playhouse and recreation room.
“The Ronald McDonald House of Western Michigan allows families to find a sense of normalcy during challenging times,” said Mike Novakoski, president and CEO, Elzinga & Volkers. “Elzinga & Volkers is honored to help renovate this space where families can stay together and feel safe and supported within our community.”