CHICAGO, IL — Commercial real estate services firm Jones Lang LaSalle will continue to provide facility and property management for 25 regional U.S. offices of McDonald's Corp. and 831,000 square feet of the restaurant company's office space in the Chicago area.
Jones Lang LaSalle announced the recent renewal of the arrangement this week.
The U.S.'s No. 1 fast-food chain has been a JLL client for about a dozen years and its 88-acre world headquarters received LEED-Platinum certification as an existing building this spring with help from JLL, which was the project manager for the effort.
The four-story building encompassing 704,000 gross square feet is currently one of only 18 buildings that have received LEED-EB Platinum certification. While the number of exsiting structures that have received the U.S. Green Building Council’s highest possible green building ranking is small, the number of existing buildings seeking LEED certification is growing and appears to be outstripping the number of projects registered as new construction.
McDonald’s global headquarters received its designation with attributes that include: recycling of fry oil from the restaurant in the complex to produce bio-diesel fuel that powers a shutttle on the property; preferred parking spots for vehicles that use alternative fuel; daylighting and a high-efficiency lighting system; enhanced metering to monitor building systems; use of paints and cleaning products that do not impair indoor air quality; landscape that is irrigated only with reclaimed stormwater and use of offsite renewable resources for 45 percent of the site’s energy needs. In addition, 75 percent of the headquarters site is open space filled with native or adaptive vegetation.
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