Rock & Roll McDonald’s
ARCHITECT: Chipman Design Architecture, Inc.
LOCATION: Chicago, IL
In order to be completed in time for McDonald’s 50th anniversary, this exciting project was fast tracked, with construction completed exactly one year after the first design team meeting. The two-story restaurant and museum is approximately 16,000 sf, plus a partial basement. Due to its location, the building is a highly visible, high-end design. The building structure consists of a steel frame with floors of composite steel and concrete on metal deck. The building envelope is free-spanning structural glass. There is a central escalator plus several elevators, and a green roof and mechanical penthouse. There is also a two-lane drive-thru. Due to very poor soil conditions, the foundation is a shallow mat over geofoam insulation, below the basement. The prominent design feature is the “golden arches” consisting of two, sixty-foot tall steel arches on the exterior of the building, with large steel trusses spanning between them, to form the main structural support system. A separate 900 sf display pavilion was added after the grand opening, to house additional rock & roll memorabilia.