In mid-July, North Carolina’s first green McDonald’s restaurant opened at 1299 Kildaire Farm Road in Cary, NC marking it as only the third of its kind nationwide to be built using eco-friendly materials and technologies. Development of the restaurant began with McDonald’s Owner/Operator Ric Richards who wanted to refurbish the 25-year-old building. As reconstruction options evolved, Richards said the environmental impact became clear: building a structure dedicated to sustainability would mean significant cost savings and reduced energy consumption. “Even though the costs to build this McDonald’s were higher in the near term, we knew that going forward with this green initiative we would set the stage for more savings long-term, both financially and environmentally,” Richards said.
Some of the green highlights that make this McDonald’s so unique and integrate CaraGreen products include:
-LED lighting fixtures, Solatubes and high-efficiency kitchen equipment
-Water-efficient restroom and kitchen fixtures
-Table and walls incorporating rapidly renewable materials like sunflower seed board, wheat board, and kirei board
-Building materials that feature high recycled content, such as concrete and recycled glass countertops and UltraTouch cotton insulation.
-Drought tolerant landscape plants with no permanent irrigation system
Richards said that the two-year green journey was further possible from the support his team received from collaborating suppliers, including Cree Lighting, NovaCharge, Quality Automation Graphics, Skanska and Solatube. Skanska served as LEED consultants on the project and were able to lend their green building expertise to the general contractor and design team.