Rendering Credit: OMNIPLAN Architects


11/07/19 | Press Release

DALLAS – (Nov. 6, 2019) ---- KDC has begun construction on the new facility for The Magdalen House, a nonprofit organization that has helped alcoholic women in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex achieve sobriety and sustain recovery since 1987.

The new 8,000-square-foot facility, which will be more visible than the current house, will increase the organization’s overall space by 44% and allow more alcoholic women to receive comprehensive recovery services at no charge.

“The Magdalen House does tremendous work supporting women suffering from alcoholism by providing a safe place to live and a means for healing,” said KDC CEO Steve Van Amburgh. “It is KDC’s privilege to be part of creating their new home with the knowledge that it will benefit so many more people for years to come.”

With a new home customized specifically for The Magdalen House’s needs, the organization will be able to increase the capacity of its free programs. Space dedicated to crisis care will increase by 40%, growing the in-house capacity for social detox clients from 14 to 20 beds. To help better serve social detox clients, the new house will also include a family visitation room, an additional bedroom and a dining room with a table large enough to seat every client. With a larger multipurpose room, this new facility will also double the space for classes, meetings and workshops open to all alcoholic women in the community. In 2018, The Magdalen House admitted 325 women to the Social Detox Program, a 41% increase from 2017.

The Magdalen House’s new home, which will be located at 4513 Gaston Avenue just northeast of downtown Dallas, is scheduled to be complete by early 2021. The historic home will be renovated to its historical façade.

“This project will enable us to serve more women in a house that is customized for our programming needs,” said Mary Shuford, Capital Campaign Director at The Magdalen House. “We have not only outgrown our current space, but it is falling apart. We have needed a new home for years, and it is incredible to have the support from the DFW community validating our mission and investing in our long-term vision.”

Since 1987, The Magdalen House has served women suffering from alcoholism and it continues to be the only organization in the DFW area for alcoholic women to receive both detox and comprehensive programming services at no cost, without insurance or state funding.

The Magdalen House announced their Legacy of Hope capital campaign at their 2019 Leave a Legacy Dinner with keynote Mrs. Laura Bush earlier this month in efforts to provide free programs for more alcoholic women and help complete building the new facility. To date, $2.79 million has been raised for the new facility thanks to generous gifts from several local foundations including the David M. Crowley Foundation, The Rees-Jones Foundation and The Meadows Foundation among others, as well as several generous individual donors.

As part of its mission to give back to community, KDC also developed the new facility for 24 Hour Club last year, with the support of more than 30 subcontractors.

OMNIPLAN Architects is serving as the project architect, providing their services in kind, and Buford Hawthorne Builders is part of the team as the general contractor.

“The Magdalen House has such a profound impact on so many women and families in our community, and it is an honor to be able to play a part in their new facility,” said Tipton Housewright, CEO, OMNIPLAN. “The new design features spaces like a community meeting room, contemplative garden and dining/living room for fellowship and study that will allow The Magdalen House to better serve their clients and further their mission long term.”

About KDC

KDC is a leading corporate build-to-suit development and investment firm for companies across the country. Within the last 30 years, KDC has produced approximately 33 million square feet valued at over $9 billion. KDC addresses the future of Corporate America by developing walkable, mixed-use urban environments anchored by notable clients, and specializes in data center and broadcast studio build-to-suits. KDC's portfolio includes developments for FedEx, J.P Morgan Chase, Liberty Mutual, Raytheon, State Farm (Dallas and Atlanta offices), and Toyota North America. KDC is headquartered in Dallas and is supported by a national team with offices in Atlanta and Charlotte, North Carolina. For more information, please visit

About The Magdalen House

The Magdalen House is a nonprofit organization helping women achieve sobriety and sustain recovery from alcoholism at no cost and based on 12-Step spiritual principles. Founded in Dallas in 1987, The Magdalen House remains the only agency in the Dallas-Fort Worth area to offer comprehensive recovery services – without insurance or state funding – 100% free of charge. The agency offers crisis intervention through a two-week, in-house Social Detox Program, alongside continued care through a Peer Recovery Program. One serves women in crisis, while the other is available to any alcoholic woman at any stage of her recovery. This creates a recovery community grounded in the idea that together, we can accomplish what we cannot do alone. After 32 years, The Magdalen House continues to play a vital role in changing the lives of thousands of alcoholic women and their families. The Magdalen House is wholly privately funded – accepting no government monies – with a vision to build a thriving community of recovered women and their families, one woman at a time. For more information about The Magdalen House please visit

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