Completion year 2015
Ronald McDonald House is a newly constructed five-storey residential building that is intended to provide a “home away from home” environment for children and their families receiving treatment at the New Children’s Hospital. The building includes 47 units for families, commercial kitchen and laundry and communal lounge, dining and play areas and provides vital accommodation for families from rural and remote areas with children receiving life-saving treatment.
In 2016, the project achieved Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver certification, becoming the first project in WA to be certified by the US Green BuildReing Council (USBGC). The LEED rating system is the foremost program for buildings, homes and communities that are designed, constructed, maintained and operated for improved environmental and human health performance. The highly progressive sustainable approach was important in ensuring that every element of the building works to promote healing, provide comfort and encourage connection for residents who are far from home.
WGE’s building services design complements architect Gerry Kho’s vision, resulting in stunning and unexpected spaces designed to delight residents. A vast circular light shaft creates a dramatic and striking connection between the four levels that highlights the communal spaces. The ‘secret garden’ and the natural palette of finishes throughout the building have been thoughtfully curated to enhance the positive effect of nature and vegetation on the healing process.
WGE’s sustainable design includes:
Improving air quality