AIA offers course on sustainable materials in restrooms and locker rooms

AIAThe AIA Continuing Education course entitled “Sustainable Materials in Restrooms, Locker Rooms and Other Applications” is designed for architects and designers in commercial markets. The course will cover the sustainable attributes and benefits of HDPE materials in the design and construction of bathroom and locker projects. Scranton Products leads the industry as a manufacturer of plastic bathroom partitions and lockers.

Sponsored by Scranton Products, the course will also explain how High Density Polyethylene (HDPE) reduces environmental impact and offers improvements to the indoor air quality of any project. Examples of how responsible manufacturing is a critical part of any products life cycle assessment will be discussed. Participants can earn 1.0 AIA HSW/SD CE hour and 1.0 GBCI CE hour for LEED professionals.

Using Powerpoint, the course is guided by a Scranton Products facilitator. It is suitable for audiences of any size and is limited only by the space available at each venue. And, there is no cost to bring this program into an architectural firm or chapter meeting.

Recognizing that continuing education is crucial for architects to stay ahead in their professions, Scranton Products has developed AIA-certified courses on key industry topics that help fulfill membership requirements of 18 CEU hours per year.

Additional courses online include: “Introduction to Barrier Free Design and ADA Standards for Accessible Design,” a web-based self-study course for 1.00 AIA HSW CE Hour on RonBlank.Com and “School Hallway Lockers Made of High-Density Polyethylene (HDPE)” for 1.00 HSW/SD Hour in the Architectural Record’s Continuing Education Center.

For more information about the course in sustainable materials, please reference AIA course #ISP 10B and contact Sue Botschellar or visit the Scranton Products website.

How clean is your restroom?

Hand WashingArchitects, designers and business/building owners be on alert:  your restrooms’ appearances speak volumes to customers.  A new national survey shows that 51% of Americans report a particularly unpleasant experience in a public restroom due to the condition of the facilities.  What’s worse is that 31% of Americans say because of that bad experience, they would never frequent the business again.

In August 2012, Bradley Corporation, a manufacturer of commercial plumbing fixtures, conducted a national survey focusing on American’s hand washing behavior and preferences.  Insights from the survey include:

  • 72% of respondents cite a ‘bad smell’ as the number one offender in public restrooms.
  • 62% think that businesses that have unclean restrooms suffer from poor management overall.
  • 74% say they frequently or occasionally see people leave a public restroom without washing their hands, while 42% see co-workers skip this important step in work place restrooms.
  • 75% don’t increase their hand washing during any time of the year, despite flu season peaking in February.

For more information on the survey, visit the Bradley website.

CINTAS Kicks Off 11th Annual America’s Best Restroom Contest

Do you own or operate an establishment with a restroom that gives guests a little more? Are you the creative mind behind a public restroom designed or customized to integrate function with fashion or to bring personality into a space where you least expect to see it? Or, are you the customer who appreciates a clean, well-maintained and tastefully designed washroom?

If so, CINTAS needs your help finding the best loo in the land! Nominate a deserving washroom online today at Ten finalists will be announced in August, at which time online voting will begin. The winner and runner-up will be revealed this fall and top vote-getters will secure a place in Cintas’ America’s Best Restroom Contest Hall of Fame.

Worthy nominees will compete for a chance to be crowned 2012 King of the Throne in the     11th annual Cintas’ America’s Best Restroom® Contest and revealed during a nationally publicized media event this fall.

The contest is open to any non-residential restroom in the U.S. that is accessible to the general public. Entries will be judged on cleanliness, visual appeal, innovation, functionality and unique design elements.

Cintas launched the America’s Best Restroom Contest more than a decade ago to recognize establishments that place high value on hygiene and style in their public restrooms. “The condition of the restrooms in a restaurant, hotel or other public facility undoubtedly influences a customer’s overall experience,” said John Engel, Cintas Senior Marketing Manager.

Chicago’s famous Field Museum gained national media attention for its spacious and family-friendly restroom design, taking first place in the 2011 contest.  “It’s certainly had a positive effect on our staff, which in the end, affects business,” said Emily Waldren, who manages public relations for the Field Museum. “Our housekeeping and facilities staff are certainly the unsung heroes of the Museum, and this recognition was exciting for them–increasing morale. I believe that shows in their continued work,” Waldren said.

The 2011 runner-up was the Renaissance Arlington Capital View Hotel in Arlington, VA. Third place went to the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts in Scottsdale, Arizona.