Restrooms

Niagara Conservation Sabre

Expanded Toilet Lines

Niagara has introduced four new WaterSense-certified product lines, offering architects an array of water-efficient, durable lavatory options. The cost effective Liberty installs quickly and is available in round and elongated bowls, ADA and standard heights. Sabre and Shadow lines features Niagara’s Stealth technology which leverages a vacuum-assist for better performance with less water. The former is available in 1.1 and 1.28 gallons per flush (GPF), and the former is offered in 0.8 and 1.28 GPF options. Barron, made for the light commercial industry, comes in 1.0 and 1.28 GPF, round and elongated bowls. 

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Bradley Corp. stainless steel hand sanitizer dispenser stand

Hand Sanitizer Here to Stay

Helping to meet post-COVID hygiene needs, Bradley Corp. has introduced stainless steel hand sanitizer dispenser stands. The ADA-compliant unit can be placed anywhere outside the bathroom including lobbies, stairwells and cafeterias. Available in liquid or gel, foam or liquid mist, the battery-operated dispensers are easy to refill.

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Hold the Phone

The B-635 Klutch Mobile Device Holder is designed to hold mobile devices, smart phones and even bags in toilet stalls and other restroom applications. The stainless steel components allow for easy cleaning, and the integrated bag hook can hold up to 300 lbs.Judge’s Comment: “Good idea, practical.”

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Easy Installation

With a life-time guarantee, the Infinity Drain is a waterproof stainless steel shower base. The modular, ready to tile, pre-sloped base comes ready to install with no need for additional waterproofing. The shower base can be curbed or curbless and can be used with any grate style or tile insert. In the event that a leak develops, Infinity Drain will cover the cost of labor, removal, replacement and full restoration.Judge’s Comment: “The easy install aspect dovetails well with trends in modularity to speed construction, and a life-time guarantee pretty much says it all about performance.”

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Minimalist Faucet

Featuring an ultra-slim profile of just 7-mm thick, Franz Viegener’s Seven is a sleek, minimalist faucet. With its curvilinear contours, the faucet is available in a number of finishes, including polished chrome, polished and brushed nickel, polished and brushed gold, polished rose gold, satin black and polished and brushed unlacquered brass.Judge’s Comment: “Style and the ability to conserve water is a winning combination.”

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Classic Bath

Curved to cradle the body for maximum comfort, creating a spa-like bath experience, the Mallory tub is 75% organic natural stone combined with high-performance resins. The double slipper bath features soft curves, gently rolled rim and minimalist lines, while high insulating properties keep bath water warm longer. Non-porous and resistant to stain, mold, and mildew, the tub’s glossy finish is simple to clean and maintain.Judge’s Comment: “Clean lines, beauty and function and waste reduction in the manufacturing process makes this an appealing product.”

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University of Minnesota Pioneer Hall, Minneapolis, Minn.

Merging Community and Privacy at the University of Minnesota

Located on the east bank of the Mississippi River, the second oldest residence hall at the University of Minnesota recently became its second largest. The 90-year-old Pioneer Hall opened its doors to the 2019 freshman and sophomore class after completing $104.5 million in renovations. Now more than 40% larger than its original size, Pioneer Hall boasts a historically sensitive, but modern design within a 252,391-sq.-ft. facility supplying 756 beds to students across five floors. This includes preserving the building’s historic Georgian Revival-style exterior, while gutting an interior that previously consisted of adjoining townhomes that were exceedingly difficult to navigate and faile

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On the Verge

Enhancing the distinctive Verge washbasin is a new line of matching soap dispensers and faucets. Products incorporate advanced sensing technology for reliability and durability. Soap dispensers and faucets include hidden sensors to deter tampering, optimized sensing to eliminate false activations, longer spouts for increased hand-washing space, and cast brass spout construction.

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Sleek and Subtle

Swapping out the traditional lever handle with a cylindrical cap, users turn on the Bel Canto faucet by pressing and twisting to adjust the temperature. Available in 8.5-in. and 14.875-in. heights, the sleek fixture can be specified in 28 finishes including matte black, French gold and satin nickel, and with matching or contrasting cap finishes.

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High Class

Meeting architects’ needs for customization, the modular Class vanity system can be scaled to one or two sinks in a range of color and finished options. Streamlined matte black metal frames offer a clean look, and the cabinet and drawer inserts come in wood or one of 36 matte and glossy lacquered finishes. Countertops are available in glossy glass or frosted glass in one of 36 colors, with a new pure white milk glass option.

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