College Planning & Management

OCT 2012

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Moen Commercial. "They allow designers to create a pleasing, home-like decor that stands up to robust use." What do the students think of auto- matic toilets? "They creep me out," says Weitzel with a laugh. "They always fl ush before I'm done. I prefer to fl ush with my foot." Kish disagrees and is ready to go one step further. "The best bathrooms have automatic everything, including those new non-fl ush, waterless urinals," he states. "Those are sweet." Bathroom Décor Vs. Ease of Maintenance As far as the décor of bathrooms, students and administration want, "a sleek, corporate look in the public bathrooms and a homey, residential feel in the dorm rooms," according to Steger. Shannon Staten, director of housing and residence life, University of Louisville, agrees. Her school has a mix of dorm bathrooms, from apartments to suites with shared baths to old-style communal restrooms with toilets, sinks, and showers. "We strive to make those communal bathrooms as residential-looking as possible," she states. That means a con- tinuous countertop with sinks mounted underneath and their plumbing hidden with a panel. Gone are the long, industrial mirrors, instead a framed single mirror hangs over each sink. Warm light bathes the area. "Of course if I had the budget I would gut those spaces entirely and fi nd a way to create fi ve or six individual bathrooms with a sink, toilet, and shower. That would create a lot of privacy and solve any transgender issues." Staten's dream, however, would be the maintenance department's night- mare. "My physical plant people want everything exposed, even the pipes in the shower," she says. "That makes every- thing easier to clean and fi x. And those bowl sinks that are all the rage now? Custodial staff hates them." Keeping the janitors happy is impor- tant because they work hard to keep bath- rooms pleasant. "They should conduct a solid, deep clean daily, six to seven days a week in high-traffi c areas," instructs Steger. "And busy bathrooms, like ones in the student center, need a walk through every hour or two." Or we could move to the Japanese model. "In Japan they don't have custodial staff," tells Zimmerman. "Every Friday work stops early and students do the cleaning." That would be the most home-like option of all. HIGH-SPEED HAND DRYER The Most Revolutionary Hand Dryer on the Market Today! americanspecialties.com OCTOBER 2012 / COLLEGE PLANNING & MANAGEMENT 55

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