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McDonald’s moved into its new global headquarters in Chicago’s Fulton Market. It now occupies the entire 492,000 sf of the office space and portions of ground-floor retail space of a Class A, nine-story, 567,000-sf building in the city’s West Loop. The interior construction was completed in just 6½ months

 This fast-track schedule was maintained by top-down construction that allowed the concrete structure above ground to be built and fitted out simultaneously with the excavation and construction of the garage levels.


The rigorous schedule required close collaboration between the core-and-shell team, led by the project’s developer, and the interiors team, led by McDonald’s. That collaboration was facilitated by extensive use of BIM, with a heavy emphasis on the MEP systems for the headquarters’ test kitchens and labs on the second and third floors. The BIM process was compressed to 14 weeks, during which 4,500-plus man-hours were spent on BIM for interiors alone, resulting in time and cost savings.

he team addressed multiple challenges throughout the project’s fast-track engagement. One was the installation of a prominent stair feature in the five-story atrium. The structural steel feature—which was not part of the project’s base building design—was hoisted onto the fourth floor through the curtain wall leave-out panel, then hoisted again by an internal crane onto each floor.


• Scope of work:
○ Electrical Design and Installation
• Challenges Faced:
○ Site Logistics due to central location in Chicago
• Area (Square Footage):
○ 490,000 sqft
• Type of Project
○ Office
○ High Rise
○ Restaurant/Kitchens
• $250 Million