I N D U S T R Y N E W S 10 West Virginia Forestry Association Mountain State Forestry | Fall 2018 www.wvfa.org McDonald’s New Flagship Store is Made of Cross-Laminated Timber By Robert Dalheim M c DONALD’S RECENTLY OPENED ITS REDESIGNED FLAGSHIP store in Chicago and it’s dominated by wood and cross- laminated timber (CLT). The new building, which opened August 9 on the site of the former Rock N Roll McDonald’s in Chicago’s River North District, is a steel and timber structure designed by Chicago-based Ross Barney Architects. The LEED-certified building has many sustainable elements—including CLT. The 19,000-square-foot building is part of McDonald’s “Experience the Future” revamp and features self-order kiosks, table service, mobile order and pay, and delivery. Solar panels help power LED lights, efficient kitchen and heating, and air conditioning. McDonald’s says the location will offer a look at what all locations will be like by 2020. The restaurant chain is investing $317 million in Illinois and $3 billion in modernization efforts nationwide through 2020. Laminate or veneer panels appear to be featured in booths and tables. Around 70 trees are planted across the property, including drought- resistant species to help reduce irrigation and storm-water runoff. A double-height interior features a simple palette of pale wood, grey surfaces, and black furniture. The furniture and layout were designed by Australia’s Landini Associates, who has worked with McDonald’s on previous projects.