The newest Atlanta Ronald McDonald House opened in mid-December and is getting rave reviews. This 31-bedroom facility is located right around the corner from Children's Hospital (CHOA) Scottish Rite in Sandy Springs, Georgia. Beth Howell, president and CEO of Atlanta Ronald McDonald Charities, in the recent Reporter Newspaper article, calls it "the house that love built."
In the past, Ronald McDonald houses have been homes that are made into commercial space. In this case, the challenge was to take a glass and steel building and try to make it feel like a home. Plus, there is an unique feature in this particular House - a three-story "tree house" in the lobby. The elevator shaft looks like a tree with two tree-house style play rooms built into it.
Working on Ronald McDonald houses has special meaning to Sims Patrick Studio. As Libby Patrick explained, "Ronald McDonald House is very special to me personally. When I was 13, I had thyroid cancer. So I'm aware of the feelings a child with cancer has. I have always felt like Ronald McDonald was a part of my life."
Families of children being treated at various hospitals are housed there for a contribution of $20 per night (but no family is turned away for financial reasons.) For information on eligibility to stay at the house, click here. For information on helping to stock the house, click here.
5420 Peachtree Dunwoody Road
Sandy Springs, GA 30342