California McDonald's remodeled for LEED certification

Jan. 3, 2014

McDonald's has re-opened a remodeled restaurant on Central Avenue in Chino, Calif. To celebrate the restaurant's grand opening, educators from three nearby elementary schools are trading in their positions in the classroom for a post behind McDonald's front counter for a three-day McTeacher's Night fundraising event.

A portion of all sales, including drive-thru, will be donated to the participating schools. According to a news release, donations are often used to help fund educational programs, support booster clubs, fund field trips, and purchase school supplies.

"Our Central Avenue restaurant turned 40 last year," said Tom Spiel, McDonald's Owner/Operator. "We can't think of a better way to celebrate this milestone than with a makeover and an opportunity to contribute to the community that has supported us for such a long time."

Tom and Candace Spiel will be donating an additional $200 to the top raising school during this fundraising week. The McTeacher's Night events will take place from 5 to 8 p.m. on Jan. 13, 14 and 15.

The new restaurant officially re-opened on Dec. 18, and is pursuing a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Silver certification. Nearly 95 percent of the restaurant's construction waste was recycled and diverted from a landfill, according to the release.

Additionally, there are 13 Solatubes placed throughout the restaurant, providing 91 percent of natural daylight while blocking UV and infrared rays to reduce thermal heat gain. LED lighting and low-flow plumbing fixtures will utilize less energy and water, while Low Oil Volume fryers are expected to consume 40 percent less oil. Designated preferred parking will be available for customers with clean air vehicles. Tom and Candace Spiel also own a LEED Gold Certified McDonald's restaurant in Riverside, Calif., the first one west of the Mississippi and just one of four in the U.S.

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Topics: Marketing / Branding / Promotion , Restaurant Design / Layout , Sustainability

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