Ray Kroc built an empire from 15-cent hamburgers and 10-cent fries. It’s called McDonald’s.  Since his death in 1984, the Kroc Foundation has supported numerous causes, but perhaps its face to the world has been Ronald McDonald and the Ronald McDonald House, a nonprofit that provides free housing for parents close to medical facilities where their children are receiving care.

After Ray Kroc died, his wife, Joan, continued their philanthropic work until her death in 2003 and her estate added to the legacy with a $1.5 billion donation to The Salvation Army to build more than 25 Kroc Centers around the country. One of those, the Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center in Dayton, Ohio, is undergoing expansion and Woolpert was contracted to provide structural engineering services in support of the expansion.

The renovation will include a new outdoor recreation facility, a soccer field and stands, a splash park and gazebo, a warehouse and concessions building, eight pickleball courts, and a 56-foot-high sign tower. The tower, which will be visible from Interstate 75, has a trapezoidal base and will include two video display boards.

These projects are being completed in stages, with the final pieces scheduled to be finished this fall. The architect on the project is Roll & Associates Inc., and Ferguson Construction Co., is the contractor.

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