Pepperdine University’s men’s and women’s water sports locker rooms, and a general use locker room, were furnished with old and tired metal lockers.
According to Dave Heetland, project manager for Pepperdine’s Facilities, Management and Planning department, the facility's lockers were in need of replacement because of their high usage and had simply come to the end of their life cycle.
Heetland’s goals were to update the locker rooms, add some design “pizzazz,” and use quality products that could withstand the harsh wet and humid conditions of these high-traffic locker areas. Attracting students was another goal because the campus hosts prospective students during water polo matches, swim meets, and public swimming. “From a recruitment perspective, it’s important that our locker rooms are furnished with quality materials and products. They also need to be clean and well-maintained and stand the test of time,” Heetland said.
Pepperdine’s Facilities Management and Planning team consulted with Chris Braun, sales representative from Bradley, and Dave Gronquist, project manager for Rusco, a firm that specializes in lockers and shelving, who recommended Bradley’s solid plastic Lenox Lockers. “Lenox Lockers were my first thought for these renovations, since the lockers are made from a highly durable material that stands up to the harshest environments and damage,” Braun said. “Lenox Lockers could reduce maintenance repairs and costs—especially in comparison with metal lockers.”
Lenox Lockers are made from solid high-density polyethylene plastic—a durable material that remains unaffected by moisture, humidity, and chlorine, making them rust-resistant. With an absorption rate of nearly zero, the lockers resist odors, and are designed to withstand impact, dents and scratches that easily damage metal lockers.
Gronquist decided the women’s water sports and general use locker rooms would be best served by complete sets of Lenox Lockers in deep blue, while the facility team requested a different approach in the men’s water sports area. Since Lenox Lockers are available in a wide range of sizes, tiers, colors and options, Gronquist was able to address these needs.
“For the men’s locker room, we used orange metal lockers, but since the swimmers put wet suits on top of the lockers, we placed blue flat panel solid plastic tops over the metal. The result is a striking custom application with Pepperdine’s school colors—orange and blue. The water-resistant plastic flat panel tops are a perfect solution to sopping wet suits on top of the lockers.”
The new locker rooms have taken on a warm and functional aesthetic with Lenox Lockers, according to Heetland. “These new solid plastic lockers are very complementary to the style we wanted to achieve and a major improvement. Plus they are made from 30% pre-consumer recycled content.
“Since installation, we’ve not heard one problem—only positive feedback—so I know we made the right choice.”