Ronald McDonald House

Charitable Lodging: A lifeline for out-of-town families needing extra help

The second Ronald McDonald House in Spokane offers temporary, free accommodations for families of children receiving lifesaving health care treatment while visiting Spokane’s medical resources. The facility provides lodging 12,410 nights per year. The three-story multi-family residential building, owned and operated by the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Inland Northwest, is a 63,000-sf facility which includes 56 temporary living units, quiet rooms, a movie room, exercise room, outdoor patios, covered garage, fireplaces, and laundry facilities.

DCI Engineers was the structural and civil EOR for this project. The structural team designed the primary wood framing systems and concrete podium, plus coordinated efforts when the project owner expedited the project schedule. The civil team evaluated the existing site survey and developed the demolition, erosion control, grading, storm water, and utility plans.

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Spokane, Washington
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Structural, Civil
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Multi-Family Residential
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Primary Material:
Concrete, Wood

photos courtesy of Rick Keating, RK productions

Project Highlights

  • The second location offers enough lodging to serve families needing help and to mitigate a long waiting list.
  • The facility is built into a hillside. The engineers designed the slab-on-grade as a structural diaphragm to lock the shear walls into the building columns to help resist sliding.
  • 63 parking stalls.

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