CINCINNATI--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Are you Ready™ to elect a new bathroom as America’s Best Restroom? Cintas Corporation (NASDAQ: CTAS) today announced the ten finalists in its 15th annual America’s Best Restroom contest. Vote for your favorite today through Nov. 2, 2016 at www.bestrestroom.com/us.
“From the book lover to the baseball lover, our impressive ten finalists have something for everyone,” said John Engel, Senior Marketing Manager, Cintas. “We invite the public to show their support for their favorite restroom. The winning restroom will receive national attention as a business for its clean and welcoming restroom that excels in both function and design.”
Are you Ready™ to meet the candidates in the 2016 America’s Best Restroom contest? They include:
1. Coca-Cola Park – Allentown, PA
The men’s restrooms at the home of the Lehigh Valley IronPigs features a urinal gaming system. The game is hands free and activated by motion sensors. After finishing the game, the patron can then get a unique code to report their score to a leaderboard via their smartphone and see the leaderboards on real time displays throughout the stadium.
2. Leña Brava – Chicago
This new Rick Bayless restaurant opened on May 5, 2016 and features restrooms with colorful agave wallpaper, which makes it feel like you are standing in a field in Mexico, instead of in Chicago’s West Loop. This modern restroom also features stylish floating sinks and sleek hand dryers.
3. Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport – Minneapolis
Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport recently began renovating its restrooms, which will continue through 2025 to encompass more than 100 sets of public restrooms. Restroom zones are highlighted by softer lighting and a material palette that serves as a wayfinding icon. This zone includes a waiting area as well as an amenity node with flight information, emergency devices, and curated art display cases. Art that reflects features of Minnesota is also featured within the restrooms with original mosaic art in the entrances, created by a different regional artist at each set.
4. The Novel Neighbor – St. Louis
This St. Louis adult and children’s bookstore papered its restroom walls with some classic old books, such as Curious George®, that were falling apart. It also features a 'neighborly' poster that was bought for a fundraiser when an EF5 tornado tore through Joplin, Missouri in May 2011.
5. Safe House – Milwaukee, Wisc.
This undercover restaurant and bar is celebrating 50 years of bringing in spies from the cold. Visitors from around the globe enter into a world of espionage and intrigue. To find the restroom, agents must navigate a series of mazes and avoid a trick door, with a brick wall behind it, so be prepared for an adventure! The men’s room features spy silhouettes on the outside of the stall doors, while giant eyeballs stare unnervingly at users inside each stall. The bathroom includes a vantage point to overlook the bar, with a peep-hole to ensure your date is behaving while you are away.
6. Swift & Sons – Chicago
The AvroKO-designed restaurant Swift & Sons takes its inspiration from turn-of-the-century boys' clubs as well as a vintage trading floor, and that goes for the bathroom as well. Retro design and shiny brass stall doors offset the marble sinks and tiled floors and walls. It also features vintage light fixtures throughout.
7. The Charmery – Baltimore, MD
The calming blue color palette of this restroom makes it feel like you’re under the sea. With hanging sculptures of aquatic creatures made from plastic spoons, mood lighting and an octopus mirror, this bathroom takes you on a mythical undersea adventure.
8. The Vine – New York City
The Vine’s restrooms mirror the design of the interior with artwork curated by Kyle DeWoody. The focal point of the bathroom is the large communal sink with dark lighting and mirrors with private men’s and women’s bathrooms placed on opposite sides of the shared space.
9. The Way Station – Brooklyn, NY
This Doctor Who-themed TARDIS bathroom at The Way Station features a colorful mural on all four walls by Jonathan Fritz and translucent windows to notify guests when it’s occupied. The ceiling resembles a starry night sky, which helps it feel larger. Its well-known visitors include Doctor Who stars Matt Smith, Steven Moffat, John Barrowman and Karen Gillan. The TARDIS bathroom at The Way Station draws Doctor Who fans from all over the world.
10. Urban Ecology Center – Milwaukee, Wisc.
The bathrooms at the Urban Ecology Center’s Riverside Park branch may not look like anything special but they are truly unique! The bathrooms are constructed out of reclaimed and recyclable materials to further minimize the impact on the planet. All of the toilets are flushed with rain water. Three 350-gallon cisterns store water that falls onto the roof of the building and sends it to a pumping system that flush the toilets. Kohler donated waterless urinals, which save 90,000 gallons of water per year on average.
The ten finalists were selected based on cleanliness, visual appeal, innovation, functionality and unique design elements. The winner will receive the royal restroom treatment from Cintas with $2,500 in facility services to keep their restrooms Ready for the Workday®.
Last year’s winner was the Town of Minturn, Colorado for its restroom that resembles a passageway into a Rocky Mountain mine. You can decide who will win this year by voting at www.bestrestroom.com/us.
For more information about the America’s Best Restroom contest, please contact Christina Alvarez at firstname.lastname@example.org or 214-720-5943.
About Cintas Corporation:
Cintas Corporation helps more than 900,000 businesses of all types and sizes get Ready™ to open their doors with confidence every day by providing a wide range of products and services that enhance our customers’ image and help keep their facilities and employees clean, safe and looking their best. With products and services including uniforms, floor care, restroom supplies, first aid and safety products, fire extinguishers and testing, and safety and compliance training, Cintas helps customers get Ready for the Workday®. Headquartered in Cincinnati, Cintas is a publicly held company traded over the Nasdaq Global Select Market under the symbol CTAS and is a component of the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index.