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McDonald's Plaza
2111 McDonald Dr.
Oakbrook, IL 60523
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The U.S. headquarters for McDonald's Corporation, known as the Plaza Office building, is an 8-story, 349,000-gross-square-foot building located in Oak Brook, Illinois. The Plaza Building is the second McDonald's Home Office building to earn the ENERGY STAR for superior energy performance.

McDonald's Corporation is honored to be the recipient of the ENERGY STAR for the Plaza building. The Plaza was built in 1972 and completed a significant renovation in 1997. Sound operating practices combined with subsequent retrofits and upgrades to building mechanical, control, and lighting systems allowed Plaza to earn the ENERGY STAR with an energy performance score of 75. McDonald's replaced the cooling tower in 2007 and in the past 2 years replaced an air supply fan, installed new variable frequency drives (VFDs) on two exisitng supply fans, and replaced several chilled and compressor motors with higher efficiency motors. To aid in energy efficiency during the spring and fall seasons, an economizer cycle is utilized. The economizer cycle provides free cooling by using outside air to cool the inside of the building. In 2009, 7,500 square feet of data center space was converted to office space. This renovation included the removal of nine Leibert chilled water units that were running around the clock and made a significant contribution to the recent improvement in the energy performance score.

Efficiency and energy savings have also been realized in the lighting choices at Plaza building. The upgraded GE Total Lighting Control system controls multi-zone lighting schedules and enables 50-percent lighting on "McEnergy" (energy alert) days. The building utilizes high efficiency "green tip" fluorescent fixtures and CFL recessed lighting in office space, meeting rooms, and common areas. The after hours lighting can be activated by employees and is automatically turned off every hour. The entire building just completed a re-lamp replacing 6,700 T-8 32W bulbs with 25W bulbs, reducing lighting energy consumption by more than 20 percent.

Additionally, the building operations team tracks electrical and gas data through utility Web sites along with heating and cooling degree days as part of an ongoing energy management program. The team recently implemented several improvements which include adding the lighting control motion sensors, changing temperature set-points, and changing after hours lighting schedules to further reduce consumption. They continue to review building operations practices to identify opportunities to eliminate waste and increase energy efficiency.

McDonald's Corporation is currently pursuing certification for Plaza Building under the U.S. Green Building Council's (USGBC's) Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) for Existing Buildings Rating System. A building re-commissioning study is being completed, and recommendations are being implemented to ensure that the fundamental building systems continue to perform as intended. Earning the ENERGY STAR plays a significant role in the certification process, and it will continue to be utilized during and after the performance period to support the applicable LEED prerequisite and credits.

McDonald's USA has been an ENERGY STAR Partner for more than 10 years. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency named McDonald's a 2007 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year for an energy efficiency program that resulted in a 200,000 ton decrease in carbon dioxide emissions and energy savings of $30 million in U.S. restaurants. In 2009, McDonald's Corporation was recognized by the Illinois Clean Air counts and was presented with the Illinois Governor's Sustainability Award in October.


McDonald's has also taken a number of steps to create awareness and increase employee engagement around its sustainability initiatives.

To assist employees in learning about and getting involved in McDonald's environmental efforts, McDonald's maintains a "Green and Growing" Web site on the company intranet. McDonald's surveys employees to gauge areas of interest, and environmentally themed events are sponsored throughout the year to get employees engaged in being green in and outside of the workplace. Past events have included product sales (CFL and LED lighting, reusable bags, and beverage bottles), composting demonstrations, recycling and energy educational sessions, and alternative transportation seminars. In 2009, employee participation in these events increased by more than 35 percent.

McDonald's recently created a video about sustainability for new hires, which highlights some of McDonald's sustainability efforts, accomplishments, and ways for new employees to become involved.

McDonald's encourages all employees to assist in reducing our carbon footprint at work and at home. Opportunities are provided to recycle paper, electronic media, cellular phones, and computer equipment. In addition, McDonald's employees are asked to use reusable mugs and water bottles whenever possible, and to turn off all electronics equipment and lighting when not in use.

McDonald's efforts to ensure employee engagement have greatly increased participation and support for McDonald's sustainability and energy reduction initiatives.



Please note: Narrative information in this profile has been provided by McDonald's Corporation or a representative of this facility. Other building information was verified and submitted to EPA at the time of application. Building energy performance, operating characteristics, and ownership/management may be subject to change over time.

Service Provider:
Jones Lang LaSalle

Building Owner:*
McDonald's Corporation

Property Manager:*

Year(s) Labeled (Rating):
2009 (75)
2010 (83)
2011 (86)
2012 (92)
2013 (95)
2014 (89)
2015 (93)

Facility Type: Office

Total Floorspace: 348951 sf

Year Constructed: 1972

Contract Type: None

Technologies Used:
   Stage 1-Recommissioning
   Stage 2-Lighting
   Stage 3-Load Reductions
   Stage 4-Fan Systems
   Stage 5-Heating and Cooling Plant
   Other Technologies/Strategies