Ronald McDonald’s arches aren’t the only things that are golden. The new Ronald McDonald House in Washington D.C. was recently awarded a Leadership in Environmental Design (LEED) gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. Families with children undergoing treatment at local hospitals stay in the home.
Balfour Beatty Construction built the four-story, 22,500-square-foot building. It is the fourth Ronald McDonald House in the nation to recieve LEED Certification and the second LEED Ronald McDonald House built by Balfour Beatty Construction. The House features four suites for families for families of children with weakened immune systems, a kitchen with dining and pantry area, an expanded playroom and guest bedrooms, as well as onsite parking.
The building’s features include a high-efficiency HVAC system that saves energy and costs by delivering more heating and cooling per unit of energy input into the system. A large, on-site bio-retention pond collects and filters rainwater from the roof and parking lot, reducing the the building’s water needs. High efficiency-plumbing fixtures save water, energy and money.
Along with features that promote energy savings, the building also was designed using non-toxic materials. Low volatile organic compound (VOC) paint, helps maintain indoor air quality and reduce toxins and contaminants. Green label carpet was used in the facility to lower chemical emissions. Locally produced and recycled materials were used in the construction, along with sustainable sourced wood.