McDonald’s Flagship Restaurant

Location: Orlando, FL

Applications: Channel letters

Products: ULTRA 650

McDonald’s unveiled its stunning Net Zero Energy global flagship restaurant in Orlando, Fla., in 2020. Designed to generate its own power to run the full restaurant operation with renewable energy, the flagship shop is located on the west side of Disney World, near All-Star Resorts. The 8,000 sq. ft. restaurant features a V-shaped solar roof and photovoltaic glass panels throughout the building, which is adorned with more than 1,000 solar panels that can generate a total of about 600,000 kWh a year. More than 1,700 sq. ft. of plant-covered “green” walls absorb CO2 and help retain water, and low-flow plumbing and special pavers minimize water waste. A louver system automatically opens and closes to let the building “inhale” cool air and “exhale” warm air, and customers can contribute kinetic energy by utilizing on-site stationary bikes to power string lights in the arches. The Schuler Shook design earned a Merit Award at the IES 2021 Illumination Awards! While our BoxRayz® signage systems are used in large McDonald’s wall arches across America, the flagship store features our 90 CRI custom ULTRA 650 modules. Our premium ULTRA Series modules offer extreme energy savings, and we are excited and proud that McDonald’s recognized that efficiency and chose to use the ULTRA Series in this state-of-the-art construction. In fact, you could say we’re lovin’ it!