Recently, the final beam was raised in a “topping off” ceremony for the construction of one of the world’s largest Ronald McDonald Houses. The 14-story structure underway in Chicago’s Streeterville neighborhood will 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. This is the latest milestone in the long-standing relationship between DuPont Building Innovations and the McDonald’s Corporation and Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC).
McDonald’s Corporation and RMHC have used DuPont™ Corian® and Zodiaq® surfacing materials and DuPont Tyvek® weather barrier wraps for many years. Today, many McDonald’s restaurants and Ronald McDonald Houses throughout the U.S. feature countertops, tables, bathroom vanities and sinks made of Corian® and Zodiaq® solid surface materials. The new Chicago House will be no exception. Moreover, Building Innovations’ newest product -- DuPont™ Tyvek® Fluid Applied Weather Barrier System -- also is being used on the building to make its 86 guest rooms more comfortable and energy efficient.
“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."
The relationship between DuPont and McDonald’s Corporation has spanned more than two decades, and today DuPont Building Innovations is the exclusive solid surfacing materials supplier to McDonald’s franchise restaurants throughout the U.S. Ronald McDonald House Charities also has been a DuPont customer for many years, and Building Innovations has been a steadfast contributor to the charity through its donations of construction materials.
Building Innovations was honored for its commitment to Ronald McDonald House Charities at the organization’s biennial International Conference. The Conference was hosted by RMHC’s global office, which welcomed nearly 1,000 of its local chapter representatives for a week of education, motivation and celebration. A key aspect of the event's opening session was donor recognition and, this year, Ted Williams and David Jamison of the Building Innovations sales team were part of the ceremonies when they accepted an award for the business’s contributions to Ronald McDonald House Charities.