All-in-one handwashing technology upgrades Cheyenne Mountain Zoo’s restroom aesthetics while offering a completely touchless washing experience.
The Cheyenne Mountain Zoo in Colorado Springs, Colorado is “America’s Mountain Zoo,” perched at an elevation of 6,714 feet above sea level. In support of its mission to provide guests unforgettable experiences 365 days per year, the zoo has been renovating many of its existing buildings and constructing a number of exciting new exhibits. There are hands-on opportunities involving animals, such as hand-feeding the zoo’s large herd of giraffes.
On a daily basis, thousands of patrons feed and pet animals, eat messy foods like melting ice cream cones and use the restrooms, so the zoo’s hand washing fixtures serve an important function in keeping hands clean and germ-free. Moreover, the sinks must help keep the newly remodeled restrooms clean and well-maintained, attractive and inviting, and easy to access and use for all ages.
The design team evaluated several hand washing systems for its busy restrooms near the main entrance. The WashBar rose to the top of their list. Bradley’s all-in-one hand washing system combines touch-free soap, faucet and dryer all in one fixture. The product guides users with LED lighting and icons, and utilizes smart sensor technology for reliable activation. The dryer is engineered to work in tandem with the bowl to contain water and eliminate dripping or splashing on the floor, wall or user. Its unique design keeps washroom spaces cleaner, dryer, slip-free and safer.
“The all-in-one fixture is streamlined and much more intuitive to use than other models,” a zoo design team member said. “The other units we considered have individual dispensers that create a clunky and cluttered appearance on the deck. I also noticed they leave soap splotches in the basin. I love that the WashBar has washing elements altogether and doesn't leave soap traces in the bowl."
According to Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, Bradley’s all-in-one WashBar concept has proven to be a hands-down winner for the zoo. They report that the restrooms have been much cleaner with the addition of the new fixtures, and note that there is no more paper towel litter scattered on the floor.
“Not only is the basin and fixture easy for our grounds crew to wipe down and keep clean, its streamlined design promotes an overall sense of neatness and tidiness in the restroom we haven’t had before. Our remodeled bathrooms look great and the sinks are fabulous.”
Further, the zoo design team said they support its conservation and green building initiatives. “We chose the 0.35 gpm faucet to limit the amount of water that’s dispensed. The timed sensor technology also eliminates the problem we used to have when the old manual faucets were left running.” They added: “These have been such a great addition that we’re adding two more units to the restrooms near our hippo/penguin exhibit, and have another two fixtures earmarked for our new aquatics building.”