The new McDonald’s Corporation Headquarters is located at 110 N. Carpenter in Chicago, Illinois and includes approximately 480,000 square feet of new downtown corporate office space. WMA designed the MEP/FP systems and security systems and was responsible for the coordination of the commissioning.
The headquarters includes two separate lobbies on Randolph and Carpenter. The Randolph lobby is dedicated to McDonald’s training center known as Hamburger University on the 2nd and 3rd floors. Hamburger University includes conference areas, training facilities, collaboration spaces and 18 test kitchens, complete with food laboratories and sensory rooms to experiment, produce, and test existing and new menu items. The test kitchens are fully functional kitchens with exhaust hoods, fryers, grills, ovens, prep areas, sculleries, walk-in coolers and freezers, etc. WMA designed the MEP/FP systems supporting the test kitchens and pantries such as domestic hot water, kitchen waste piping, domestic water systems, ventilation, exhaust systems, food composting systems, grease collection system, and electrical support systems.
The remaining floors of corporate office areas on the 4th through 8th floors include open offices, private offices, conference rooms, copy rooms, huddle spaces, phone rooms, and the executive floor. Other specialty areas are also included in these floors. The Creative Services department is a highly technical area with editing rooms, server rooms, computer labs, audio rooms, photography and video storage, studios, green rooms, control rooms, and viewing. The project also includes a six-story atrium with a communicating stair and a café on each level. The design and construction schedule was fast-paced with schematic design beginning in October, 2016 and occupancy by McDonalds in April of 2018.
Architect: IA Interior Architects