In working on a couple of changing urban landscape stories—which touch on topics including greening efforts, creating better indoor/outdoor connectivity, and surface water management—I couldn’t help but come back to a product I hit on in my editorial last issue—the Portland Loo. While I’m the first one in line to encourage more of the above, when outdoors, and Mother Nature calls, sadly, there aren’t always a lot of options. Thus, my introduction of the “Loo,” and other innovative ideas that are helping people on the go, go. Check out the column in the March/April issue if you missed it; in the interim, here are a handful of rest-stop-related items that add extreme functionality, or beauty, when bio-breaks are required.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
The 2,000-acre University of Florida campus uses LIGHTBLOCKS’ Designer to create defined spaces for students to sit and relax or wait for a friend. The color adds an element of fun while the illumination makes the area well-lit for safety. LIGHTBLOCKS' Designer is most often selected for applications that require precise color and translucency for illumination. This makes LIGHTBLOCKS well-suited for endless applications in every industry. With a fingerprint-resistant, scratch-resistant and non-porous surface, LIGHBLOCKS resins stand the test of time.
This September, Atlas Tube will start rolling the world’s largest HSS at its new plant in Blytheville, Arkansas, giving architects revolutionary new tools to create stunning aesthetics and maximize structural efficiency. Atlas Tube Jumbo HSS will come in sizes up to 22″ square, with walls up to 1″ thick, making it simple to build taller, wider and stronger than ever before. And with the shortest lead times in the industry, you can be confident that you’ll be able to source any size you need on a timeline that works for your project. So start planning big things today. Atlas Tube is ready to help.
Engineered for strength, Hanover’s GRIDLOC System opens up a world of possibilities for architects and designers. GRIDLOC is a lightweight structural support underlayment that creates a continuous fully supported, monolithic floor surface. Anything from Porcelain Pavers to interlocking concrete Prest Brick can be accommodated; paving unit sizes and patterns are endless.
Dallas Market Center will launch a new lighting expo September 21-22 aimed at the architectural, specification and design communities. The two days will include more than 20 seminars and panel discussions offering architects, lighting designers, specifiers and interior designers timely and accredited sessions focused on evolving lighting solutions, as well as personal development, business optimization and opportunities to explore diversity and inclusion within these disciplines.