Ronald McDonald House Charities of Amarillo Releases Plans to Build New House

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The Ronald McDonald House announces the public phase of a $3.5M capital campaign to rebuild the Ronald McDonald House for the Amarillo community.

The current and original House for RMHC Amarillo first opened its doors in 1983 and has provided more than 70,000 nights of lodging to families with sick kids over the past 35 years. The Amarillo House was the 49th House constructed, with now more than 350 RMHC Houses operating worldwide.

In recent years, the facility has faced numerous structural and mechanical issues, which have been challenging to address for a charity operating on an annual budget of roughly $550K. Numerous options were taken into consideration during an exploratory research period, with the organization’s board of directors ultimately concluding that building a new structure on the current land would be the most economically viable option and the best choice for serving future families.

The new house has been designed to reduce its carbon footprint as well as provide better amenities and more modernized resources for patients battling immunosuppressive disorders, offerings that simply did not exist in 1983. RMHC will be working closely with Habitat for Humanity to make sure they are able to take any parts of the structure that are salvageable before the rebuild is set to begin. 

The organization began the fundraising “quiet phase” in early 2018, and this past week secured the latest gift that helped RMHC reach the 70% fundraising mark, allowing the charity an opportunity to first break the exciting news to the public.

Rather than shuttering its doors during the construction phase, RMHC will continue serving families off-site, with the groundbreaking set for Fall 2019. Once construction begins, the project is slated for completion within the year. The new House will be built by Southwest General Contractors with architectural services provided by Mason Rogers and Mike Ritter at Playa Design Studios. A recent project from Playa Design includes Six Car Pub and Brewery/Crush, which recently won the coveted First Place in the Texas Downtown Association Presidential Awards for Best New Construction in cities with a population over 50,000. Last year, RMHC of Amarillo provided nearly 2,000 nights to families, delivered more than 2,500 gifts to pediatric patients in area hospitals, and logged over 10,000 visits from families at the Ronald McDonald Family Room at NWTHS. 

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