College Planning & Management

OCT 2012

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F&E 2 012 Furniture & Equipment NECESSARY SPACES Bathroom Ultimate College The "no go?" College Planning & Management ⇓ ushes out the answers. restrooms awesome while others are a What makes some By Amy Milshtein when it comes to bathrooms there's no place like home. But we all know of a public restroom that runs a close second; a favorite place for a pit stop that never disappoints. And then there's its evil twin; a bathroom so heinous that only the most dire emergencies force you across that portal door. What makes these bathrooms so distinctive and how can you keep your necessary rooms special? The answers may surprise you. Everyone agrees on what makes a bad bathroom bad: dated, funky fi xtures; old, steel partitions; and areas that never seem to be clean enough have end users turning up their noses — or worse. "If a bathroom looks or smells bad to start with students just don't take good care of it," says Mike Steger, director, National Resources Cor- poration for Florida's Palm Beach Atlantic University. The maintenance staff may view the space as a lost cause as well. "That perpetuates a downward spiral." "There's nothing worse than a bath- room that looks and feels unsanitary, with paper and water all over the place," says 52 COLLEGE PLANNING & MANAGEMENT / OCTOBER 2012 WWW.PLANNING4EDUCATION.COM PHOTO COURTESY OF MOEN COMMERCIAL

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