CHARLESTON, W.Va. — After decades serving the families of young patients at Charleston Area Medical Center’s Women and Children’s Hospital from Kanawha City, the Ronald McDonald House of Charleston will break ground today on its new, more conveniently located facility.
Dewayne Dickens, executive director of Ronald McDonald House Charities of Southern West Virginia, said the new $3.5 million structure will be located on Pennsylvania Avenue in downtown Charleston, next to the West Virginia Lottery Building and within walking distance of Women and Children’s Hospital.
The building is set to replace Charleston’s current Ronald McDonald House, the smallest and oldest of the three in West Virginia.
“Our mission, of course, is to have those families together, so when the opportunity came about to purchase the property to be able to relocate our house within 200 to 300 steps from the hospital, that was a chance for us to bring the children, the parents and the families closer together,” Dickens said.
The Ronald McDonald House Charities already has raised $3.1 million of its goal through its Building Love, Bridging Hearts fundraising campaign lunched in December 2014. The new house, led by the design/build team from Pray Construction and Williamson-Shriver Architects, will be located on the site of the current hospital staff parking lot on Pennsylvania Avenue. Construction will begin in October and is expected to be completed by the fall of 2016.
The house will be 19,000 square feet with 14 guest rooms…