DuPont lends a hand in building the world’s largest
Ronald McDonald House®
|Ronald McDonald House Charities® (RMHC) has been a DuPont customer for many years and DuPont Building Innovations also has been a steadfast contributor to the charity through its donations of construction materials. The relationship between the charity and DuPont strengthened recently when the two organizations celebrated their collaboration on the building of the newest Ronald McDonald House®, right in the heart of Chicago which was constructed using DuPont building materials. |
“Ronald McDonald House Charities is a valued customer for DuPont, and I believe our unique relationship has benefited the families who stay at Ronald McDonald Houses seeking comfort and care for their seriously ill or injured children,” said Tim McCann, president of DuPont Building Innovations. “That’s why we chose to highlight our bond with Ronald McDonald House Charities in a mini documentary entitled, ‘Designing Comfort’ that aired recently on the BBC’s Horizons program.”
In 2009, the Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana kicked off its most ambitious project to date—building the world’s largest Ronald McDonald House®, in Chicago’s Streeterville neighborhood. This massive project required substantial fundraising efforts, a forward-thinking design, precision planning, skilled construction workers and high-performance materials, such as DuPont™ Tyvek® Fluid Applied Weather Barrier and DuPont™ Corian® and Zodiaq® solid surfaces.
In 2011, the final beam was raised in a “topping off” ceremony for the construction of the 14-story Chicago House which opened this year to provide a “home away from home” for families who travel to the “Windy City” from all parts of the globe to obtain health care treatment for their children.
“The Chicago Ronald McDonald House is the largest structure to date to use our new DuPont™ Tyvek® Fluid Applied Tyvek® product and it’s exactly the type of concrete structure we had in mind when we developed it,” said Doug Baker, North America business director. “Our technical and sales teams did an outstanding job in conveying the unique attributes of the product to the project’s architect, and they’re responsible for having it selected for this unique high-rise structure."
|In addition to using a DuPont™ Tyvek® Fluid Applied Weather Barrier System to make its 86 guest rooms more comfortable and energy efficient, the new House uses DuPont™ Corian® and Zodiaq® surfacing materials throughout the building. In fact, today, Ronald McDonald Houses across the U.S. and Canada feature DuPont™ Tyvek® weather barrier products as well countertops, tables, bathroom vanities and sinks made of Corian® and Zodiaq® solid surface materials.|
Click the links below for more information on this project and the DuPont products used:
» BBC Horizons News Release
» Media Advisory
» Tyvek® Fluid Applied Weather Barrier Ronald McDonald House Case History
» Tyvek® Fluid Applied Weather Barrier Fact Sheet