Indian Wells Tennis Garden is a state-of-the-art sport facility showcasing the world's second largest tennis stadium and a full-service tennis club.
The original stadium at IWTG was built in 2000, while the second stadium was completed in 2014 to accommodate the flourishing annual BNP Paribas Open. “Stadium Two” was built in a remarkable 10 months and 10 days in anticipation of the March 2014 BNP Paribas Open event.
Designed with an 8,000 seating capacity and 3 five-star restaurants, every detail of IWTG’s new stadium was intended to enhance guests’ experience, comfort and enjoyment – with the restrooms being a critical element due to high traffic, says Steve Simon, COO, IWTG. “Increasing capacity and improving infrastructure within the restrooms were key design considerations,” Simon said. “We also wanted to optimize the rooms’ convenience and cleanliness while creating a more upscale look and feel consistent with our venue.”
Gary R. Wiggle, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, Keisker & Wiggle Architects, Inc., and his team set out to design Stadium Two’s restrooms with the same level of cachet as the BNP Paribas Open. “Public bathrooms are unique because people are extremely critical of them and comment on their appearance to others. Our goals were to raise the bar for the aesthetics, enhance efficiency and cleanliness, and create a beautiful and memorable experience. We wanted these restrooms to be the talk of the tournament.”
Wiggle’s team planned 18 restrooms as well as the team offices and locker room areas. Features such as frosted glass, gold marbleized tile, epoxy-flaked non-slip flooring and sleek white Verge basins created a warm, monochromatic and contemporary design palette.
“We chose Verge lavs because they convey a high aesthetic that gives the restrooms a real ‘wow’ factor. Verge’s unique elongated design transforms a sink – a standard required fixture – into a highly functional yet striking centerpiece.”
Distinguished by minimalist aesthetics and clean lines, Verge features a cast-formed seamless basin made from durable Evero Natural Quartz Surface. Evero blends the elegance of quartz with the durability of granite for a beautifully sustainable restroom solution. Easy to clean and maintain, Evero does not support microbial growth, and is stain, chemical, scratch and heat resistant. With over a dozen color selections, Evero contains up to 70 percent recycled content, and is GREENGUARD-certified as a low-emitting material.
Verge’s sleek elongated basin shape funnels water to the drain and minimizes standing water. A hidden drain and minimalist trap cover keep plumbing completely behind the scenes. Plumbing Mechanical Contractor and President Scott Kincaid of Kincaid Industries, Inc., says Verge is simple to install, which minimizes time and costs. “I like how its cantilevered design supports ADA design and discourages vandalism while promoting a clean ‘Euro’ no-plumbing look. Verge delivers an appealing upper-end commercial style.”
“The restrooms in Stadium Two are among the nicest I’ve ever seen,” says Jody James Watkins, CEO/president, Watkins Landmark Construction. “I was very impressed the first time I saw Verge sinks installed – they immediately caught my attention. Their clean and minimalist design heightens the overall experience in these highly remarkable rooms.”