Bradley Sponsors Design Studio on Intelligent Buildings

Bradley Corp. announces its collaboration with the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s School of Architecture and Urban Planning (SARUP) to launch a Sponsored Studio featuring the company’s commercial restroom products during the Fall semester. While UWM SARUP is considered one of the top 20 architecture schools in the U.S., Bradley is known for its industry leadership in designing and manufacturing innovative commercial plumbing fixtures, washroom accessories and partitions, emergency fixtures and solid plastic lockers for the past 90 years.

UWM at Bradley Design Center

UWM Architecture students tour Bradley's design center and manufacturing plant as they are briefed on the Studio entitled "Intelligent Skins for Intelligent Buildings.

The topic of the Bradley Studio is “Intelligent Skins for Intelligent Buildings,” which utilizes students’ design, research and analysis to influence the appearance and performance of a structure’s “skin” to create an intelligent building of the future. The studio is taught by Gregory D. Thomson, assistant professor and co-director of the Institute for Ecological Design at UWM.

The Bradley Studio will incorporate the use of the company’s commercial restroom products, ranging from lavatory systems made with sustainable materials to capacitive faucets to restroom partitions made with pre- and post-consumer recycled materials. Throughout the Studio, Bradley employees will collaborate with students, giving hands-on instruction on the company’s products and technologies.

Thomson says the students will begin the Studio by dissecting the elements of building design – from the tangible aspects of a building to the intangible realities of the human interface with buildings. These will be a basis for analysis and inspiration for developing a wide range of applications to apply in a real-life building design.

A review of the students’ final work will be presented after the semester ends in December.

Bradley Advocate System: AIA show standout

Bradley Advocate System

There’s always one standout product at a trade show and this week, at the AIA show in New Orleans, that product is the Bradley Advocate system. The touch-free system provides a soap dispenser, 0.38-gpm faucet, and a horizontal, dual-sided, blade-type hand dryer. All components are contained in and mounted on a TerreonRE solid-surface base. The functional highlight of the system is that all of the water stays in the sink and goes down the drain. That includes the water from the hand-drying process. It’s a very attractive, well-designed system that addresses several issues in public washroom. The Advocate will be available in August.—Gary L. Parr