Leopardo Construction To Build New 22,000-Square-Foot Ronald McDonald House in Oak Lawn, Ill.

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Leopardo Construction, a leading construction services firm, announced that it has been awarded the general contract for the construction of a 22,000-square-foot Ronald McDonald House in Oak Lawn, Ill.

Leopardo Construction, a leading construction services firm, announced that it has been awarded the general contract for the construction of a 22,000-square-foot Ronald McDonald House in Oak Lawn, Ill.

The house, located directly across the street from Advocate Hope Children's Hospital, will provide temporary housing for up to 16 families in a home-like setting that includes a kitchen, living room, dining room, play room, computer area, laundry room and other shared living space. Wireless internet access will be provided throughout the house.

Other house features include office facilities for staff, reception/check-in area, manager's apartment, conference room for 25 and library. Overall, the house is designed to be a warm, comfortable, family and child-friendly environment. Construction will begin in spring 2007 for delivery in early 2008.

Leopardo Construction is serving as general contractor. The architectural team is comprised of ArchitectureIsFun and Constantine Vasilios and Associates.

About Ronald McDonald House

The idea behind the Ronald McDonald House program is simple: Provide a "home away from home" for families of seriously ill children receiving treatment at nearby hospitals.

Some children must travel great distances to get medical attention. In-hospital treatment may last one day, one year or longer. For these children's families, accommodations can be hard to come by. Options often are limited to costly hotels or uncomfortable hospital chairs and benches.

The Ronald McDonald House provides a comfortable, supportive alternative. It serves as a temporary residence near the medical facility where family members can sleep, eat, relax and find support from other families in similar situations. In return, families are asked to make a donation ranging on average from $5 to $20 per day, but if that isn't possible, their stay is free.

About Leopardo Construction

Leopardo Construction is a leading construction firm providing pre-construction, general contracting, construction management, design-build and development services. In 2006, Leopardo Construction was recognized by Engineering News-Record magazine as one of the nation's largest 250 contractors. The company's team of 500 experts has specialized capabilities in interiors, healthcare, senior housing, retail, office, industrial, residential condominiums, aviation, hospitality and community-related projects such as libraries, churches and educational institutions.

For more than a quarter century, Leopardo's family of employees has been committed to quality construction, superior client service and tremendous value. In addition to its corporate headquarters in Hoffman Estates, Illinois, Leopardo Construction has offices in Chicago and Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, as well as job sites across the nation. For more information, please visit http://www.leopardo.com.

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