Building a House to Call Home:
Phase I of the New Ronald McDonald House on Target for Spring Completion
COLUMBIA) – After breaking ground in late September, The Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Mid-Missouri (RMHC) is on target for completion of Phase I construction of the new house while fundraising continues to stay ahead of schedule.
Phase 1 construction, which will be the shell of the new house, is scheduled to be complete in the spring of this year, six months after breaking ground. To date, Phase I construction has consisted of installing storm sewer and sanitary lines, basement footings and the lower level foundation walls, the elevator pit and primary and secondary electrical conduit lines. Underslab plumbing and electrical rough ins are in progress and the basement floor slab is scheduled to be poured within a week.
While construction has moved forward for Phase I, fundraising for Phase II has continued to progress. To date, through community and fundraising donations, RMHC is ahead of schedule having raised $1.5 million. The projected total cost of the new home is $2.6 million.
Included in the $1.5 million raised to date, RMHC has received numerous in-kind product donations , including:
• 480 bundles of shingles from Certain Teed Shingles
• 40 windows from Quaker Windows
• Siding from James Hardy
• Trees from Superior Gardens
• Commercial house wrap from DuPont
• Pretreatment from Wingate Pest
• 40 queen size mattresses from Tempur-Pedic Beds
• Countertops and sinks from Dupont Corian
• Garbage disposals from Insink Erator, and
• 20 toilets and faucets from American Standard.
“We have been fortunate to have such wonderful support and generosity from the Columbia and Mid-Missouri area,” said Melody Bezenek, executive director of RMHC. “As expected, the families that stay at the house are not from Columbia, but they greatly appreciate the Columbia community and its support of the house, which makes their situation a little more bearable.”
Based on how fundraising continues to progress, construction on Phase II will commence once Phase I construction is completed. Phase II will include the completion of the interior and the furnishings. “It’s important to us that we only build what we are able to afford,” said Bezenek. “We’ve been here since 1983, and we plan to have a long future.”
The new 19,000 square foot house will feature 18 private bedrooms and baths and one extended stay apartment. The home will also be completely ADA accessible with an elevator and wider corridors. The house is located at 3501 Lansing Ave., within walking distance to the University of Missouri’s Women’s and Children’s Hospitals. The new house will replace the current house located at 1001 E. Stadium Blvd. The current house and land will return to the University of Missouri.
The Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Mid-Missouri began in Columbia with the purpose of lifting families and children to a better tomorrow. Since opening its doors in 1983, the home has welcomed and cared for more than 25,000 families of seriously ill and injured children.