Press Release


Palo Alto, CA—Ronald McDonald House at Stanford is set to begin site preparation on the property located adjacent to the existing House at 520 Sand Hill Road. This preconstruction phase marks the beginning of the expansion project that was unanimously approved by Palo Alto City Council last year.

The increased capacity will allow the House to serve up to 73 more families every night by expanding the home-away-from-home and supportive community environment for families of children with life-threatening illnesses receiving specialized treatment at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford.

“We are so grateful for the work that Ronald McDonald House provides, and now that Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford is expanding to provide world-class care to more families in the Bay Area and beyond, we are glad to see the House grow as well,” said Christopher G. Dawes, president and chief executive officer of Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford.

“Since our last expansion project was completed in 2003 we’ve seen the average length of stay for our families increase more than 500 percent, from six nights to 29,” said Annette Eros, chief executive officer at the House. “This significant increase in demand for services only measures the families that actually secure a room here. Unfortunately, there are another 40-50 more families every night that we cannot accommodate.”

The approved expansion will address this current demand as well as the future needs anticipated by the expansion of Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford. The additional facility is designed to accommodate more families than ever before with an additional 52,000 square feet including 69 additional private guest rooms, home-like kitchen and dining areas, comfortable living spaces, a library and resource center, a fitness and rehabilitation facility, age-specific activity rooms, a classroom, and a healing garden and retreat.

Initial site preparation activities, slated to begin early March, will include careful clearing and grading of the construction site. Additionally, the construction team will begin implementation of the project’s tree removal and protection plan that was developed in collaboration with the City of Palo Alto as part of the approval process.

Significant effort has been made to protect trees that do not need to be removed and to transplant affected trees wherever possible. The footprint of the new building was designed to protect the grand historic oak that sits between the existing House and the expansion property. Transplanted trees will be used to improve visual screening from the roadway and rear of the property and will create a complementary layering effect with subsequent landscape materials.

The planning, design, and construction of the new facility is being managed by Bob McIntire, president and CEO at Nova Partners, Inc., with Vance Brown, Inc. as construction manager and general contractor. Once the site preparation is complete, the construction phase is slated to begin midyear and is scheduled to last between 15-18 months with completion expected by late 2015.

The House is located just blocks from Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford so parents are just steps from their sick children and families can stay together. Studies indicate that the presence of a parent can cut the average length of a child’s hospital stay by 31 percent.

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