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First LEED-Certified McDonald's in the USA!

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First LEED-Certified McDonald's in the USA!

Farah Ahmad

While visiting the Architectural delights of Savannah this October, I was thrilled to learn from our tour guide that Savannah is home to the country's first LEED Certified McDonald's! This fast food haven also happens to be located in the first LEED Certified Shopping Center! Ironically (or maybe fatefully so), the location was only a mile away from our hotel. #ThanksUber. This particular building was constructed in 2005 and received its LEED-CS (Core and Shell) Gold certification in 2006. We inquired within and, while we did receive more than our share of stares for photographing a local fast food spot, (I probably would have judged myself too) to my satisfaction, the employee knew of the LEED certification. However, she did not know it was the first of its kind in the country. The friendly employee also walked us around to the rear of the McDonald's to point out the hybrid vehicle parking spots (remotely located). While exploring the retail development, we questioned an employee of an adjacent retail store about the shopping center's LEED certification. He was clueless about the prestige this particular certification holds in the green building industry! 

Want to learn about the project's features? Curious to see whether it lives up its actual certification? Check out my video below as I praise and critique its sustainable design features! For a more thorough project profile, click here

Special credit to Jocelyne Jeannot for shooting & editing this on the go!

That facade has SO MUCH daylighting potential!

That facade has SO MUCH daylighting potential!

LEED Plaque proudly mounted on McDonald's' facade behind me!

LEED Plaque proudly mounted on McDonald's' facade behind me!

LEED rewards applicants for installing a bike rack on the property to encourage sustainable transportation alternatives.

LEED rewards applicants for installing a bike rack on the property to encourage sustainable transportation alternatives.

White 'cool' roof- proud to say we found this design feature implemented throughout the entire Abercorn Common Retail Development- white roofing everywhere!

White 'cool' roof- proud to say we found this design feature implemented throughout the entire Abercorn Common Retail Development- white roofing everywhere!

Interior Daylighting- but why are those recessed light fixtures on? =(

Interior Daylighting- but why are those recessed light fixtures on? =(

For the win!

For the win!

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