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Home Away From Home at the Ronald McDonald House

Ronald McDonald St. Petersburg East House Renovation
Tampa, Florida, USA

An interior refresh of the Ronald McDonald House increases functionality of the space to support the growing organization, while creating a home-like environment for residents.

The Ronald McDonald St. Petersburg East House serves family members of pediatric inpatients at the adjacent All Children’s Hospital Johns Hopkins Medicine in St. Petersburg, Fla. HOK’s Tampa office provided architectural and interior design services to renovate the first floor of the East House to provide open, multipurpose space for dining, activities and events.

The 6,830-sq.-ft. first floor includes the community kitchen, dining area, administrative offices, reception, lounge, play spaces and family intake areas. The RMH Charities team wanted the space to feel more like home for the families staying there.

Finishes and furnishings were heavily dependent on donations from manufacturers. HOK worked closely with the RMH Charities team to create an interior finish palette and to select furniture. The renovation included replacing existing incandescent and fluorescent light fixtures with more efficient LED fixtures to reduce energy costs.

“Our work with the Ronald McDonald House of Tampa Bay’s East House reinforces our mission to play an active role within the community and to make Tampa Bay a better place to live, work and play,” said HOK’s Van Phrasavath.


6,830 sq. ft. / 634 sq. m.


Interior Design


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