Housing & Community

Ronald McDonald House

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Ronald McDonald House of Rochester
Design Build
Rochester, Minnesota
56,800 SF (total)
Expansion I

Ronald McDonald House

This phase of the project included the addition of over 18,000 square feet which, included 18 new guest rooms, two kitchenettes, two lobby areas, and a community room and full kitchen. Additionally, we remodeled two of their existing kitchens while the facility remained open. Knutson’s staff worked with the Ronald McDonald House staff to coordinate the demolition and construction around its guests to mitigate noise and dust, we also conducted daily infectious control walk-through inspections.

Expansion II

Ronald McDonald House

The 3-story, 36,800 square foot expansion added 30 guest rooms with private bathrooms, a common kitchen, lounge and indoor playroom areas, multi-purpose room, staff space, outdoor patio with play areas, and a central gathering space that will act as the “heart of the home.” A 12,500-square foot parking ramp will be added to the back of the facility. The project was built using modern construction techniques to create welcoming and comfortable areas for children and families.


An example of Knutson’s commitments to meeting the $1M gift-in-kind goal, the office spent several days volunteering, working on the landscaping in the front and back of the building, saving them that cost they did not have to bear. As they were working on the landscaping, multiple people stopped and asked if they could help too! Even a few kids from Iowa spent the first day digging, planting and laying rock. Watching first-hand the community pull together to make this dream a reality for the Ronald McDonald House has been amazing. The house addition is complete, and we are very proud to say we are very close to meeting our goal! It is a team effort by all our subcontractors, material suppliers, and Knutson in achieving this goal.