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Opening held at largest Ronald McDonald House.

The world's largest Ronald McDonald House officially opened its doors at 405 East 73rd Street in Manhattan. The new building can accommodate triple the number of young cancer patients and their families than its predecessor on 86th Street which was consistently filled to capacity.

This short-term residence is considered a prototype for similar projects. The 11-story, 79,000-square-foot building includes sensitive design features and advanced technology to meet the specific needs of its guests. Children with cancer and their family members come from all over the U.S. and world to seek treatment at the dozen hospitals in New York that specialize in pediatric oncology.

With 30 to 40 patients turned away weekly at the old Ronaid McDonald House, this was a prime consideration. Tishman, who has been a member of the Board of Directors of the New York Ronaid McDonald House for several years, made a personal commitment to making the project a success.

'Extensive pre-construction analyses, planning and value engineering proceeded simultaneously with design to save both time and money,' explained Tishman Project Manager Andy .Bachman. Tishman together with the owner, The Children's Oncology Society of New York, was able to cut costs by more than 10 percent; improve quality and increase efficiency in numerous areas by placing the foundation partially on load-bearing soil as well as on rock; by building an early, on-site room mock-up for evaluation and to encourage closer bidding by the contractors.

The project has received the Concrete Industry Board of New York Award of Merit for resourceful use of concrete in its facade, atrium and other structural features.

The architectural design of the project was led by Peter Claman of Schuman Lichtenstein Claman Efron who conducted numerous studies to ensure meeting the needs of Ronaid House's special guests.

Wilson & Associates, an interior design firm Tishman has worked with extensively on the acclaimed Wait Disney World Dolphin and Swan Hotels, designed bright, non-institutional interiors of durable materials.

The new Ronaid house features a landscaped, three-story atrium lobby; a well-appointed living room which features a 730-gallon salt water aquarium; 16 family kitchens opening onto a shared dining room; chapel; library; a two-story, glass-enclosed 'garden-inthe-sky'; two large outdoor play terraces; a fully equipped playroom; parents' lounges; and exercise room. Each of the 84 spacious bedrooms includes a private bathroom.

The estimated cost of the new building is in excess of $20 million. The TriState McDonald's Restaurant Owners have made a commitment of $8.5 million toward the cost of the land and
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Title Annotation:405 East 73rd Street in Manhattan, New York, New York
Publication:Real Estate Weekly
Date:Jan 6, 1993
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