Restrooms

ThermaSol HydroVive Rainhead

Smart Shower

HydroVive has a clean, integrated look, and when paired with ThermaSol’s Smart Shower Valve and ThermaTouch interface, anyone using the system can personalize every element of their shower. It is 18-in. × 18-in. with 300 jets that create varying levels of water pressure, 200 dimmable LED lights offer a full spectrum of color and 1600 lm max. The built-in, 100-watt RMS amplifier with digital signal processor and four state-of-the-art speakers create a multi-sensory, luxury shower experience.Judge’s Comment: “The system delivers a highly enjoyable showering experience.” 

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Euro Style Partitions

European Elegance

The three new lines of Euro-style partitions— Float Series, Lucent Series and Loft Series—take cues from European influence and deliver restroom compartments that redefine the experience of a commercial bathroom stall. New dimensions, new materials, an expanded color palette, and new features give architects the options to create a comfortable, durable restroom retreat for their clients.The new partitions offer extra height, width, and No-Site options to create the feeling of a private individual room. The Lucent glass partitions are constructed in enameled tempered glass that brings both light—and lightness—to the restroom. The new Phenolic LT material—used in

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Delta’s Kayra Collection features a multi-setting H2Okinetic showered

Doing More with Less

Among Delta’s WaterSense labeled faucets, showers and toilets that use at least 20% less water than the industry standard, Delta’s Kayra Collection features a multi-setting H2Okinetic shower head. The collection also offers In2ition Two-in-One Shower options for integrated shower head and hand shower functionality while controlling the speed, movement and droplet size of the water to deliver the feeling of more water while using less.

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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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Old Chicago Post Office

Chicago Post Office Undergoes Historic Redevelopment

The historic building underwent the largest historic redevelopment in the nation in 2019 to serve as one of Chicago’s business hubs. Built in 1921, the Old Chicago Post Office was once the largest of its kind in the world, capable of handling 19 million pieces of mail each day. But after sitting vacant for nearly two decades, the historic building underwent the largest historic redevelopment in the nation in 2019 to serve as one of Chicago’s business hubs. Tasked with specifying products for the extensive retrofit, Gensler wanted attractive, hygiene-friendly and sustainable building products throughout the building—and the restroom was no exception.

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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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