Cintas Opens Nominations in the 18th Annual America’s Best Restroom® Contest

The public can submit nominations now through July 12

CINCINNATI – April 9, 2019 – The search for stellar stalls begins! Cintas Corporation (NASDAQ: CTAS), today officially opened nominations for the 18th annual America’s Best Restroom® contest. The contest is open to any non-residential restroom in the U.S. that is accessible to the public. The public can submit their favorite restroom now through July 12 at www.bestrestroom.com. The winner will receive $2,500 in facility services or restroom cleaning from Cintas while also being recognized as a first-rate public restroom.

“There’s nothing worse than visiting a public restroom where the hygiene is questionable and the decor is less than delightful, so we’re looking for first-rate facilities that are not only clean and functional, but decked out in design features too,” said Sean Mulcahey, Marketing Manager, Cintas. “Good or bad, restrooms can have a real impact on a business’ bottom line. This contest recognizes businesses that understand the crucial role clean and innovative restrooms play in the overall customer experience.”

Nominations will be judged on five criteria: cleanliness, visual appeal, innovation, functionality and unique design elements. Ten finalists will be announced in August of 2019, and the public will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite finalist.

Last year, the J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge took home the top toilet prize for its wild restrooms that feature tarpon, otter, osprey, and sea turtle sculptures, providing an underwater wildlife illusion. These “Learning Lavatories” dazzle with close-up professional bird photos that wrap stall doors, but also educate along the walk with interpretive messaging about the wildlife and saving the environment.

“We take great pride in being named America’s Best Restroom and the national recognition our national wildlife refuge received thanks to the contest,” said Toni Westland, Supervisor Refuge Ranger, J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge. “We’re grateful to Cintas for hosting a contest that recognizes the extra effort we put into making our restrooms educational and memorable.”

For contest updates, fun facts and restroom trivia, “follow” America’s Best Restroom on Twitter at twitter.com/BestRestroom and Facebook at facebook.com/bestrestroom.

For more information about the contest, please contact Christina Alvarez at calvarez@mulberrymc.com or (708) 908-0898.

About Cintas Corporation: Cintas Corporation helps more than one million 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, mats, mops, restroom supplies, first aid and safety products, fire extinguishers and testing, and training and compliance courses, Cintas helps customers get Ready for the Workday®. Headquartered in Cincinnati, Cintas is a publicly held Fortune 500 company traded over the Nasdaq Global Select Market under the symbol CTAS and is a component of both the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index and Nasdaq-100 Index.

Cintas Makes a Splash with the Top 10 America’s Best Restroom® Contest Finalists

Vote for your favorite restroom now through September 18

Cincinnati – August 6, 2018 – Cintas Corporation (NASDAQ: CTAS) announced today the top 10 finalists for the 2018 America’s Best Restroom® contest. For the 17th year in a row, the contest will showcase the best public restrooms in the U.S. and award one lucky loo with $2,500 in Cintas products and services for restroom cleaning or facility management, along with a lifetime of bathroom bragging rights. Now through Sept. 18, the public is invited to vote for their favorite finalist at www.bestrestroom.com.

“From coast to coast, this year’s finalists highlight how restroom cleanliness, artistic design and sustainable features can leave a positive, lasting impression on customers,” said Sean Mulcahey, Marketing Manager, Cintas. “With vibrant colors, picturesque views and creative architecture, there’s a perfect restroom for everyone with this year’s finalists. The America’s Best Restroom contest invites the country to come together and vote for the worthiest facility.”

The top 10 restrooms in this year’s America’s Best Restroom contest include:

1. Barrio — Chicago
After guests exit the women’s restrooms at Chicago’s trendy Mexican restaurant, Barrio, it’s common to hear the phrase: “Did you check out the bathroom? There’s a disco ball in there!” In addition to its shiny disco ball, the facility features colorful high heel patterned wallpaper and a hot pink ceiling. The upbeat ambiance screams anything but ordinary, making it the perfect place to freshen up, reapply lipstick and hit the streets of the Windy City.

2. Bryant Park — New York City
After a $270,000 renovation, the new and improved Bryant Park restroom offers its one million visitors per year an oasis in the middle of the concrete jungle. Full-time attendants, fresh flowers, and classical music welcome the public with a luxurious comfort station experience. The facility uses Toto EcoPower technology to harness the energy of running water to power itself, and features water-efficient fixtures and LED lighting to reduce electrical costs and its environmental impact. With crown molding, cove lighting, glass mosaic details and tiles from around the globe, this Manhattan marvel is a site to behold.

3. Dream Hollywood Hotel — Hollywood, CA
The Dream Hollywood Hotel’s rooftop has a restroom that takes guests to new heights. With floor-to-ceiling panoramic views of the Hollywood Hills and Griffith Observatory, these facilities allow visitors to gaze out at the city and take a postcard-worthy photo. Sleek subway tiles, long oval mirrors and golden globe lights surround a large granite island with deep sinks and modern faucets.

4. Green Bay Botanical Garden — Green Bay, Wis.
Nicknamed the “Hobbit House,” Green Bay Botanical Garden is home to a fun, playful and clean restroom facility straight out of a fantasy world. Located in its children’s garden area, the structure is built directly into the hill side to maintain a cool temperature and offer visitors a hill that showcases a perfect view of the gardens. Using natural materials whenever possible and installing local boulders as part of the design, the Les & Dar Stumpf Hobbit House Restroom is a sustainable building that reflects raw, creative innovation.

5. Hotel La Jolla, Curio Collection by Hilton — La Jolla, CA
Perched high on the 11th floor overlooking the stunning vistas of Southern California, the restroom at the Hotel La Jolla provides guests with a breathtaking view of La Jolla and the Pacific Ocean off the coast of San Diego. Facing the coast, the large windows capture the natural, constantly changing ocean light, complementing the earth tones of the restroom interior. In this restroom, it’s common for guests to spend extra time washing their hands just to gaze out at the beautiful views.

6. J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge — Sanibel, Fla.
Manatees, otters, alligators – oh my! The newest adventure at the J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge comes to life with restrooms that immerse you in underwater scenery. Life-size animal sculptures grace the walls leading to and within the restrooms. The facility walls feature mesmerizing photographic tile murals of lush, watery mangrove scenes and its stalls showcase professional bird photography. These Learning Lavatories not only dazzle but educate visitors with interpretive messaging about local wildlife and saving the environment, turning a necessary “nature call” into a “nature enthrall.”

7. MI VIDA — Washington, D.C.
Inspired by the vibrant Mexican color palette, the restrooms at MI VIDA restaurant transport guests into a colorful, stylish and Instagram-worthy world. Hot pink doors pop against the hand-stenciled floors that pay tribute to Mexican folk art as aqua-grey penny tile ceilings shine from above. Sleek, brushed stainless steel plumbing fixtures bring an unexpected industrial touch, and a fully-integrated, paperless sink system with its cool cascading stream of blue light keeps the fiesta going even as guests freshen up.

8. Morgan Manufacturing — Chicago
The industrial elegance of the Morgan Manufacturing space located in the West Loop of Chicago extends to its massive restrooms. The generous, sleek spaces are outfitted with custom, glistening chandeliers made from repurposed pipes and crystals. With a modern concrete floor, tall stalls made from white marble partitions line half of the restroom walls while the other half is covered in mirrored subway tiles. With a large leather ottoman and plenty of artistic décor, this facility brings an element of sophistication to industrial design.

9. The Mud House — St. Louis, MO
Decorated with fun, local and eclectic antique pieces, this cozy café brings its artistic flair right into its restroom. With Monopoly, Sorry!, Clue, Scrabble and other classic board games plastered on the walls, it’s nearly impossible to be bored in the Mud House’s restroom! Guests will find themselves surrounded by their favorite childhood board games and interesting vintage maps from floor to ceiling, creating a nostalgic and entertaining bathroom experience for all ages.

10. The Progress — San Francisco, CA
The restrooms at The Progress are a true departure from the soft wooden tones and natural feel of the dining room. Wanting guests to feel as though they weren’t just walking into a restroom, but entering a sparkly drum set, the owners and designers of the restaurant used 250 pounds of glitter to achieve their mission. A thick layer of glitter coats the walls, floor and ceiling, creating a 360-degree sparkly, colorful and exceptional restroom experience that no guest could forget.

The 10 finalists were selected based on cleanliness, visual appeal, innovation, functionality and unique design elements. The restroom that receives the most votes from America will be awarded $2,500 in facility services or restroom cleaning from Cintas to help maintain their award-winning restroom.

For more information about the contest, please contact Alex Weiss at aweiss@mulberrymc.com or (312) 664-1532.

About Cintas Corporation:
Cintas Corporation helps more than one million 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, mats, mops, 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 Fortune 500 company traded over the Nasdaq Global Select Market under the symbol CTAS and is a component of both the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index and Nasdaq-100 Index.

The Polls are Open in the 2017 America’s Best Restroom® Contest

Voting ends on Oct. 27

Cincinnati – Sept. 21, 2017 – From disco balls to shark-infested stalls, get ready to cast your vote! Cintas Corporation (NASDAQ: CTAS) today revealed the top ten finalists for its 16th annual America’s Best Restroom Contest®. The public can vote for their favorite restroom now through Oct. 27 at www.bestrestroom.com.

“Most public bathrooms are not considered pleasant places to be, but with their stunning stalls and unique design features, this year’s 10 finalists are tourist attractions in their own right,” said Sean Mulcahey, marketing manager, Cintas. “These finalists realize the impact a clean and memorable restroom has on the customer experience. We can’t wait to see which one America selects as its favorite.”

The best bowls in the 2017 America’s Best Restroom Contest include:

Carmel Beach — Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA
The Carmel Beach restrooms are built on a bluff just west of Scenic Road at Santa Lucia Avenue, designed to blend in with the beauty of the surrounding area. A stone veneer and board-form finish on the concrete walls provides a rustic look, and a “green roof” covered in plants to complement the surrounding scenery, while the mahogany doors provide a rich contrast. Located adjacent to a heavily-used pedestrian trail, the usefulness of the restroom facility is equal to its aesthetically pleasing appearance.

Doughnut Plant — New York, NY
The restroom at Doughnut Plant’s shop in the historic Chelsea Hotel was inspired by one of the first jobs Doughnut Plant’s founder and owner Mark Isreal had when he moved to NYC: a busboy at the legendary Studio 54. Designed to mirror a disco ball, the restroom walls and floor are covered with twinkling metallic tiles. Of course, the restroom also features a shiny disco ball spinning from the ceiling.

Elsa — Brooklyn, NY
At just 16 square feet each, the Elsa bathrooms make the most of their small footprint through the use of rich materiality and play of light. Back-lit slatted mirrors create an arched ceiling that surrounds the guest and amplifies the space on all sides. Custom doors and hardware, contrasting marble floors, a custom marble and glass sink ledge, reclaimed wall tile and pink plaster walls all come together to make the compact restrooms feel playfully expansive.

La Boucherie on 71 — Los Angeles
Encompassed in the Wilshire Grand Center, the design of the La Boucherie on 71 restrooms creates an “authentic” experience for urban dwellers and visitors alike. The Marie Antoinette-themed restrooms feature fully enclosed stalls and gold accents, including modern light fixtures and faucets. The corridor mimics the hallways of Versailles with wallpapered doors and intricately-patterned lounge chairs.

OdySea Aquarium — Scottsdale, Ariz.
At OdySea Aquarium, the adventure is all around you… even in the restrooms! During the early stages of design, OdySea knew that it wanted to create jaw-dropping moments for its guests at every corner. That’s why they opted out of the typical mirror over the sinks and instead installed an enormous acrylic window leading straight into Shark Waters – its largest exhibit. Where else in the world can you stare a 9-foot lemon shark in the eye as you wash your hands?

Off the Waffle — Portland, Ore.
Off The Waffle is a restaurant that is all about surprising and delighting its guests, and its restroom is no exception. The disco bathroom is the brainchild of its co-founder Omer Orian, after realizing that the restroom space in its Portland location could use a little more pizazz. By flipping the light switch to ‘disco’ mode, the bathroom transforms with flashy lights and music – creating a party in the potty every time. The entire setup was designed and installed by Omer, his brother Dave, and his sister Vered.

Palmetto Brewery — Charleston, SC
The restrooms at Palmetto Brewery feature urinals made out of recycled kegs. If you look closely, you will notice the urinals are designed to look like mouths with tongues. One has braces, another has big buck teeth and the other is designed to look like a vampire. The restrooms also feature corrugated metal stalls and industrial sconces. Aside from its beer, the restrooms are one of Palmetto’s main attractions.

Renaissance Chicago Downtown Hotel — Chicago, IL
Hidden away near the Raised Urban Rooftop Bar, this delightful restroom makes it easy to forget you’re in the heart of downtown Chicago. The ebony tile walls are counterbalanced by a large portrait resembling a bright and beautiful garden that wraps around the main area. Sleek back-lit mirrors rest above black, marble counters with silver under mount sinks. It also features six stalls that are as classy as they are private.

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art — San Francisco
Snohetta, the designers of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art’s new 10-story expansion, use the restrooms to activate visitors’ senses and inspire them to explore another floor of the nation’s largest museum of modern and contemporary art. Each floor features a different, eye-popping color in all of the mens, womens and all-gender restrooms. From brilliant green, deep purple, shocking pink, aquatic teal and even SFMOMA’s signature shade of warm red, the restrooms are works of art unto themselves. Insider tip: look for the green flash after exiting the red restroom on the second floor – a classic example of afterimage using complementary colors.

Sinema Restaurant + Bar — Nashville, Tenn.
Sinema Restaurant + Bar is housed in the historic Melrose Theater, which opened in 1942 and has a storied history of delighting movie-goers and creating long lasting memories. With features like Hollywood makeup lights, patterned terrazzo floors, Carerra marble countertops and starlight wall sconces, the ladies’ lounge at Sinema is a recreation of the glamourous days. It?s a frequent ‘must’ destination for guests, who primp and pose before taking a #SinemaSelfie.

The ten finalists were selected based on cleanliness, visual appeal, innovation, functionality and unique design elements. The restroom that receives the most votes will be awarded $2,500 in facility services or restroom cleaning from Cintas to help maintain their award-winning restroom.

For more information about the contest, please contact Christina Alvarez at calvarez@mulberrymc.com or (214) 571-6322.

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, mats, mops, 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 both the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index and Nasdaq-100 Index.

Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport Lands America’s Best Restroom Title

Cincinnati – Nov. 21, 2016 – If you’re traveling through the air this Thanksgiving, you may have the chance to visit the latest winner of America’s Best Restroom. The Minneapolis-St. Paul (MSP) International Airport was crowned the winner in the 15th annual contest, sponsored by Cintas Corporation (NASDAQ: CTAS). As the winner, the MSP Airport will receive the royal restroom treatment from Cintas. This includes $2,500 in facility services like cleaning chemicals or wet mops to keep their restrooms Ready for the Workday®.

“The restroom is often the first place visited on arrival and the last stop for departing passengers, leaving a lingering impression of their destination,” said Alan Howell, Senior Airport Architect, Airport Development Department, Metropolitan Airports Commission. “We are thrilled to be honored with this award for our efforts to improve the aesthetics of our restrooms and make the customer experience memorable.”

The Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport restrooms are currently undergoing renovations that will continue through 2025 to encompass more than 100 sets of public restrooms. Baby-changing stations are integrated into each restroom – all with an adjacent sink and paper towel dispenser. Meanwhile, accessible stalls include a sink and hand drying area, as well as automatic doors to provide a touch-free environment. Original mosaic art that reflects features of Minnesota is displayed within the restrooms near the entrances, created by a different regional artist at each set.

“Public restrooms don’t get a lot of positive praise, so we’re proud to recognize businesses like the MSP Airport that are committed to providing clean and memorable bathrooms,” said John Engel, Senior Marketing Manager, Cintas. “We applaud the MSP Airport for making the investment to prioritize user comfort and cleanliness to ensure its restrooms are always Ready™ for the next traveler.”

The finalists were selected based on cleanliness, visual appeal, innovation, functionality and unique design elements. The public cast thousands of votes online from

  1. Oct. 4 through Nov. 2. The other nine finalists include:
  2. Coca-Cola Park, home of the AAA Lehigh Valley IronPigs – Allentown, PA
  3. Leña Brava restaurant – Chicago
  4. The Novel Neighbor book store– St Louis
  5. Safe House restaurant – Milwaukee, Wisc.
  6. Swift & Sons restaurant – Chicago
  7. The Charmery ice cream shop – Baltimore, MD
  8. The Vine restaurant – New York City
  9. The Way Station bar – Brooklyn, NY
  10. Urban Ecology Center museum – Milwaukee, Wisc.

For more information or to schedule an interview, please contact Christina Alvarez at calvarez@mulberrymc.com 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.

Battle of the Best: Cintas Kicks-off Annual America’s Best Restroom Contest

Nominations are open now through Sept. 16

CINCINNATI — April 21, 2016 — Don’t stall! Now is the time to nominate your beautiful, unique and striking restroom for Cintas Corporation’s (NASDAQ: CTAS) 15th annual America’s Best Restroom Contest.

From stunning stalls to incredible architectural details, Cintas is looking for the toilet that’s the talk of the town. If you’ve ever walked into a restroom that left you in awe of its marble detail or squeaky clean floor, then Cintas wants to hear about it.

“When a public restroom makes you stop to take a video or capture a quick selfie to share with friends, it deserves to be nominated for the chance to be called America’s Best Restroom,” said John Engel, Senior Marketing Manager, Cintas. “This contest not only creates national visibility of your business, it shows your customers that you take pride in your restrooms and truly care about their experience.”

Past winners include the Town of Minturn Public Restrooms in Minturn, Colo., which resemble a horizontal passage way into a Rocky Mountain mine. In 2014, the Longwood Gardens in Philadelphia won for its awe-inspiring “green wall” and eco-friendly design. Its ornate artwork of a beautiful night sky and a “tot area” with smaller toilets for little ones earned the Field Museum in Chicago the top spot in 2011.

Submit your nomination today at www.bestrestroom.com. The deadline is Sept. 16, 2016. Ten finalists will be announced in fall 2016, 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 help maintain their award-winning restroom.

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.

Town of Minturn Has America’s Best Restroom

“Mine Passageway” Design Captures Victory in Cintas’ 14th Annual Contest

Minturn, CO/Cincinnati, OH – November 10, 2015 – America voted and decided that the Town of Minturn has the best public restroom in all the land. The restroom that resembles a passageway into a Rocky Mountain mine defeated a strong field of finalists in the 14th annual contest.

Officials in the Town of Minturn wanted to create functional art, and it took a committed team to make the project a reality: the local planning commission, town council, carpenters, public works department, concrete workers, steel artists and plumbers. The result is impressive “potty” for the town to celebrate.

As the 2015 winner, the Town of Minturn also receives a $2,500 credit to spend on Cintas services like restroom cleaning and supplies, Signature Series restroom dispensers, cleaning chemicals or wet mops for their restroom floors. The top three finalists win a complimentary Deep Clean of their restroom (valued up to $500).

“We’re excited to announce the Town of Minturn public restrooms as the 2015 Cintas’ America’s Best Restroom,” said Cintas’ Assistant Marketing Manager Jillian Bauer. “The town rallied together and showed the value of a restroom that’s creative and memorable for guests.”

Bauer visited Minturn on Tuesday, November 10 at 2 pm ET to present Mayor Hawkeye Flaherty with the 2015 award.

In the contest, which attracted thousands of online votes, America chose The Music Hall in Portsmouth, New Hampshire as the No. 2 place “to go.” Charleston Distilling in Charleston, South Carolina finished No. 3.

“Making the humble public restroom into functional art was both a design challenge and a joy,” said Janet Hawkinson, director of design and project management in Minturn. “We are gratified to be recognized for achieving that and for creating a project that reflects the uniqueness of the community.”

The 2015 contest attracted nominations from a wide range of businesses, including a wine bar, art museum, underground salt mine and a nursing suite inside a baseball stadium. Cintas selected the ten finalists based on cleanliness, visual appeal, innovation, functionality and unique design elements.

2015 America’s Best Restroom Contest Finalists

Charleston Distilling – Charleston, SC
Cibo Wine Bar – Miami, FL
The Fitton Center for the Arts – Hamilton, OH
Great American Ball Park – Cincinnati, OH
The Music Hall – Porsmouth, NH
OB Warehouse – Ocean Beach, CA
Perry Lakes Park – Marion, AL
The Salty Pig – Boston, MA
Strataca – Hutchinson, KS
Town of Minturn Public Restrooms – Minturn, CO

Minturn has now secured its place in the Cintas’ America’s Best Restroom Hall of Fame. To view photos of previous winners, visit the America’s Best Restroom Hall of Fame on the contest website at www.bestrestroom.com.

Cintas launched the America’s Best Restroom Contest in 2002 to honor businesses across the country that consider hygiene and style top priorities.

“This project is a lot of fun and also conveys a critical message that restroom hygiene matters for good health and good business,” said Bauer. “We look forward to celebrating our 15th year in 2016 and invite the public to nominate their favorite facility online now.”

To nominate a restroom, go here.

For more information or to set up an interview, please contact Survey Editor Danny Rubin at 757-285-7617.

About Cintas:
Headquartered in Cincinnati, Cintas Corporation provides highly specialized services to businesses of all types primarily throughout North America. Cintas designs, manufactures and implements corporate identity uniform programs, and provides entrance mats, restroom supplies, first aid and safety services and fire protection services. 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.

Let the “Bowl Games” Begin Finalists Named in Cintas’ America’s Best Restroom Contest

Public Voting Now Open for 14th Annual Contest

Cincinnati, OH (September 9, 2015) – What’s the best place “to go” in all the land? We’re about to find out! For the 14th straight year, Cintas Corporation will stage America’s Best Restroom Contest and ask the country to vote on a group of creative public restrooms sure to entertain.

Will the 2015 winner be a restroom inspired by “Alice in Wonderland”? What about a restroom that looks like a giant whiskey barrel? Or maybe the restroom covered in “The Far Side” comic strips?

This year’s top ten public potties will now compete for the coveted title of Cintas’ America’s Best Restroom. In addition, the 2015 winner also receives a $2,500 credit to spend on Cintas services like restroom cleaning and supplies, wet mops or Tile & Carpet Deep Clean.

“We’re excited about our 2015 finalists and expect a lot of friendly competition,” said John Engel, Cintas’ Senior Marketing Manager. “The contest also promotes the importance of hygiene and salutes businesses which strive for restroom excellence in both function and design.”

Voting begins now! The public is invited to show its support by casting a ballot for a favorite restroom through October 31 at the Best Restroom website.

The contest site takes visitors on a photographic tour of each nominee and encourages them to choose their favorite. Fans can also visit the contest on Facebook to post comments, receive updates and share photos.

Cintas will reveal the winner of the America’s Best Restroom Contest during a nationally publicized media event later this fall, and both the winner and runner-up will secure a place in our Hall of Fame.

2015 Finalists for Cintas’ America’s Best Restroom Contest

Cibo Wine Bar
Miami, Florida

Cibo Wine Bar is billed as “big, bold and beautiful” – and the Italian eatery lives up to the hype! Located in Miami’s famed South Beach district, Cibo is a blend of old world rustic and modern industrial chic. Patrons can even watch chefs prepare meals at a 60 ft. open kitchen counter. The restrooms, the creation of Liberty Entertainment Group’s Vice President and Creative Director Nadia Di Donato, are stunning works of art. Guests are often intrigued by the faucets, which are mounted to the ceiling and activated by motion sensor. The restrooms also feature pieces from renowned artist Randy Cooper. “Liberty Entertainment Group venues are renowned for their restroom designs, and we are honored to be recognized,” said Di Donato. “This nomination pays tribute to the artists and craftsmen who dedicated themselves to this project.”

Charleston Distilling
Charleston, South Carolina

A restroom inside a whiskey barrel? Believe it! At Charleston Distilling in South Carolina, which makes small batch handcrafted spirits, two restrooms are designed as giant wooden barrels. And the creative place “to go” has become a popular attraction for patrons. “The usual response is that people say the restroom is very cool,” said Stephen Heilman of Charleston Distillery. “The restroom is part of a lot of Instagram photos!” The custom woodworking of the “barrel” restrooms fit the atmosphere and décor of the distillery and its tasting room. So belly up to the bar and order a round – it’s a trip you won’t forget!

The Fitton Center for Creative Arts
Hamilton, Ohio

Enter the restrooms at The Fitton Center for Creative Arts and step into nature – one tile at a time. The men’s and women’s restrooms were created by Cincinnati artist Jan Brown Checco as an homage to our relationship with the earth and the importance of conservation. In addition, students in the Fitton Center’s pottery classes and community members joined forces to create several of the tiles. In the women’s restroom take particular note of “Mother Nature” and the rainbows, flowers, seashells, fossils, colorful glass and clay tiles that comprise her face. In the men’s restroom the Greenman gives a nod to Hamilton’s Great Miami Buried Valley Aquifer. The restrooms have become a big hit at the art center, and every tour begins with a look at the beautiful tiles. “The title of Cintas’ America’s Best Restroom would be a wonderful honor for the Fitton Center,” said Cindy Dingeldein, ASID, interior designer on the project. “What we designed is much more than restrooms. The rooms are hand-made, unique works of art.”

Great American Ball Park
Cincinnati, Ohio

This baseball season, the Cincinnati Reds hit a home run…with moms everywhere! That’s because the Reds, in partnership with Pampers and Fischer Homes, debuted the first-of-its-kind nursing suite at Great American Ball Park. The Reds talked with local moms to identify specific needs for the restroom. You’ll find five comfortable gliders, changing stations, kitchenette with a sink, ice and refrigeration, lockers for storing items and flat screen TVs so mom doesn’t miss any of the game. Already this season over 3,000 moms and families have used the Pampers Nursing Suite and its restroom facility! “The Reds, Pampers and Fischer Homes are very proud that we have set the gold standard for a nursing area in a public space,” said Michael Anderson, public relations manager for the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park. “As sports teams strive to add additional ‘family friendly’ features for fans, we have proven that this quiet place for moms to feed and care for their babies is one of the most popular spaces at Great American Ball Park.”

The Music Hall
Portsmouth, New Hampshire

Take a long look at the restrooms at The Music Hall. Are you thinking “Harry Potter” or “Alice in Wonderland”? You’re not alone! The team at The Music Hall, a performing arts venue in downtown Portsmouth, New Hampshire which dates back to the 1870s, says the restrooms are like a trip into a childhood fairytale. That’s because, during a recent renovation in 2008, designers drew on the mysticism of Gaudi and the classic touches of the Tiffany style to create a fantasy forest of cast bronze trees, branches and vines, gilded Corinthian columns, elegant velvet settees and creative tile patterns. Now people stop by every day to tour not just the theater but the restrooms too! “We are excited to be part of Cintas’ America’s Best Restroom because we’ve put a lot of blood, sweat and tears to create a magical experience for our patrons,” said Michael Tucker, director of operations at The Music Hall. “It would be great to win this award to showcase all of the hard work we’ve put into our massive renovation project.”

OB Warehouse
Ocean Beach, California

At OB Warehouse World Food and Bar in Ocean Beach near San Diego, old meets new as vintage artifacts blend seamlessly with modern, industrial design. It’s the vision of designer Philippe Beltran who created the entire restaurant (restrooms included) to trigger “a reaction that will make people remember their experience.” The OB Warehouse restrooms are a sight to behold with retro, hand-held vintage mirrors, oil cans and tools like vintage plumber pipe, a wrench and metal letter stamps which read OB Warehouse over the men’s urinal. Many of the items are encased in glass behind large concrete sinks. All the building materials are recycled from other buildings either in San Diego or locales around the world. “From the day we opened our doors last year, guests have taken pictures of our restrooms and asked to see the opposite sex restroom, so we give them tours,” said General Manager Yami Bryan. “We are excited to be included in this great contest.”

Perry Lakes Park
Marion, Alabama

On a stroll through the woods, the LAST thing you’d expect is a fifty-foot tall restroom in the clearing. But at Perry Lakes Park near Marion, Alabama, that’s exactly what you’ll find! The fifty-foot structure (known as “Tall toilet”) is part of a three-restroom complex built in 2003 by architecture students at Auburn University Rural Studio. In addition to “Tall toilet,” the students constructed “Long toilet” with long walls that frame a tree and “Mount toilet,” which sits atop the septic system for the restroom complex. All three use durable and local materials – a mix of cypress and locally-milled cedar along with anodized aluminum, stainless steel and concrete. “Winning the title of Cintas’ America’s Best Restroom would be an incredible honor for the Perry County community,” said Andrew Freear, director of Auburn University Rural Studio. “We hope to expose more people to the natural beauty of central West Alabama.”

The Salty Pig
Boston, Massachusetts

Are you a fan of “The Far Side” comic strip? Then you’re in for a real treat at The Salty Pig in Boston! Owners Jim Cochener and Mike Moxley plastered the restroom walls with “The Far Side” comics. The restaurant, which serves house-made charcuterie, pizza and pasta, has also created a buzz in the bathroom. Guests take “extra” time drying their hands so they can read the comics, and many regulars challenge themselves to read a new comic each time they visit. What would happen if The Salty Pig wins top honors as Cintas’ America’s Best Restroom? “I guess our waiting line would get even longer!” said Ines Lee Santos, general manager of The Salty Pig. “We are very excited to be part of the contest, and we love knowing that across the country there are many like-minded friends putting work into the details, including creative restrooms.”

Strataca
Hutchinson, Kansas

Ever used a restroom underground? How about 650 FEET underground? At Strataca, the only underground salt-mine attraction in North America, the men’s and women’s restrooms are part of the museum experience. That’s because they’re both carved out of a stratified salt bed formed 275 million years ago! It took quite the engineering and plumbing feat to make the restrooms possible – it’s not easy to construct pipes, toilets, sinks and hand dryers that far underground. But the Strataca team had a vision and made it a reality. Now they often hear guests say “ooh” and “aah” and run to tell their friends about the incredible restroom facilities. “Winning the contest would provide public recognition of our team’s hard work,” said Gayle Ferrell, former director of operations at Strataca. “We have something here that is totally unique in North America – both our underground restrooms and our amazing, passionate staff.”

Town of Minturn Public Restrooms
Minturn, Colorado

Founded in 1904, Minturn is rich in mining history and its new public restrooms reflect the past. The unique digitally fabricated shape of the men’s and women’s restrooms resemble an adit (horizontal passage way) into a Rocky Mountain mine. The concept is the product of several key players: the Town of Minturn, LaN Architecture – Monika Wittig, LGM 3d Studios and Noble Welding. The team came together to produce “functional art” that’s already captured community attention! “Our public restrooms prove how great it is to combine art, architecture and creativity. It changes moods, places and people,” said Janet Hawkinson, director of design and construction for the public restroom project. “It would be the best to win the contest and show the country what can be accomplished when everyone works together to create something truly memorable, as we did in small town Minturn!”

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Cintas Corporation (CTAS) accepted nominations for any non-residential restroom accessible to the general public online through the summer. Qualifying facilities were then judged and finalists were selected based on cleanliness, visual appeal, innovation, functionality and unique design elements.

Cintas Canada also recently announced its top finalists in the annual Canada’s Best Restroom Contest. Visit the Canada contest website for more information.

About Cintas Corporation
Headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio, Cintas Corporation provides highly specialized services to businesses of all types. Cintas designs, manufactures and implements corporate identity uniform programs, and provides entrance mats, restroom supplies, promotional products, first aid and safety products, fire protection services and document management services to approximately one million businesses. Cintas is a publicly held company traded over the Nasdaq National Market under the symbol CTAS, and is a component of the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index.

Longwood Gardens is America’s Best Restroom

Popular Public Garden Captures Victory in Cintas’ 13th Annual Contest

Kennett Square, PA/Cincinnati, OH – November 19, 2014 – America voted and decided that Longwood Gardens has the best public restroom in all the land. After viewing its awe-inspiring “green wall” and eco-friendly design, the online public selected the venue’s restroom over a strong field of finalists in the 13th annual contest.

As the most visited public garden in America, Longwood Gardens is renowned for its grand horticulture displays. Now, the distinctive restrooms have become a national icon too. Along with the “green wall” outside the restrooms, visitors find etched translucent glass inside that provides natural light, reduces electricity and minimizes the need for light fixtures.

As the 2014 winner, Longwood Gardens also receives a $2,500 credit to spend on Cintas services like restroom cleaning and supplies, cleaning chemicals or wet mops for their restroom floors. All three top vote getters win a complimentary Deep Clean of their restroom (valued up to $500).

“We’re excited to announce Longwood Gardens as the 2014 Cintas’ America’s Best Restroom,” said Cintas’ Senior Marketing Manager John Engel. “The team at Longwood has proven it understands the value of a restroom that’s creative and memorable for guests.”

Engel visited Longwood Gardens on Wednesday, November 19 at 10 am ET to present Chief Marketing Officer Marnie Conley with the 2014 award.

In the contest, which attracted thousands of online votes, America chose Bowl Plaza in Lucas, Kansas as the No. 2 place “to go.” The Fabulous Fox Theater in St. Louis, Missouri took 3rd place.

“We are so pleased to receive the America’s Best Restroom award,” said Conley. “Longwood Gardens is about beautiful horticulture, being a good steward to our environment, and providing an extraordinary experience for our more than one million guests each year.”

As for the restroom’s famous green wall? “The wall has become a ‘must-see’ destination for our guests, many of whom may have never seen a green wall before and are curious about how we care for it,” said Conley. “It’s the only restroom with its own docents!”

The 2014 contest attracted nominations from a wide range of businesses, including restaurants, a retail complex, an outdoor restroom along a running trail and a children’s toy store. Cintas selected the ten finalists based on cleanliness, visual appeal, innovation, functionality and unique design elements.

2014 America’s Best Restroom Contest Finalists

American Girl Place – Chicago, IL
Bowl Plaza – Lucas, KS
El Centro – Washington, DC
The Fabulous Fox Theater – St. Louis, MO
The Grove – Los Angeles, CA
Longwood Gardens – Philadelphia, PA
Mai Kai Restaurant – Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Plums Café – Costa Mesa, CA
Tiki Lounge – Pittsburgh, PA
Trail Restroom – Austin, TX
Longwood has now secured its place in the Cintas’ America’s Best Restroom Hall of Fame. To view photos of previous winners, visit the America’s Best Restroom Hall of Fame on the contest website at www.bestrestroom.com.

Cintas launched the America’s Best Restroom Contest in 2002 to honor businesses across the country that consider hygiene and style top priorities.

“This project is a lot of fun and also conveys a critical message that restroom hygiene matters for good health and good business,” said Engel. “We look forward to celebrating our 14th year in 2015 and invite the public to nominate their favorite facility online now.”

To nominate a restroom, go here.

For more information or to set up an interview, please contact Survey Editor Danny Rubin at 757-285-7617.

About Cintas:
Headquartered in Cincinnati, Cintas Corporation provides highly specialized services to businesses of all types primarily throughout North America. Cintas designs, manufactures and implements corporate identity uniform programs, and provides entrance mats, restroom supplies, first aid, safety and fire protection products and services. 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.

Varsity Theater is America’s Best Restroom

Historic Minneapolis Landmark Captures the Crown in the 12th Annual Cintas’ America’s Best Restroom Contest

Minneapolis, MN/Cincinnati, OH – November 19, 2013 – America voted and decided that Varsity Theater has the best restroom in all the land. After viewing its quirky design and furnishings, the online public selected the venue’s restroom over a strong field of finalists in the 12th annual contest.

What made the Varsity Theater the 2013 King of Thrones? It starts with the unique décor: ornate mirrors and curvy brick walls. Distinctive features include sinks operated by foot pedal and a co-ed hand wash area. Bartenders even serve drinks into the restroom on a back counter. For many Twin Cities residents, the restroom at the concert hall is as popular as the artists on stage.

“The team at Varsity Theater understands the value of a well-maintained and memorable restroom,” said Cintas’ Senior Marketing Manager John Engel. “What they have is more than a creative concept. It’s an effective business tool that keeps people coming back.”

Engel visited Varsity Theater on Tuesday, November 19 to present owner Jason McLean with the 2013 award. The theater has now secured its place in the Cintas’ America’s Best Restroom Hall of Fame.

In the contest, which attracted thousands of online votes, America chose Portland’s Ground Kontrol Classic Arcade’s restroom the No. 2 place “to go.” Public Glass Bathrooms on the Square in Sulphur Springs, Texas took 3rd place.

Varsity Theater, formerly The University Theater, was one of the last vaudeville houses in Minneapolis and hosted minstrel shows, comedians and screenings of early silent films.

“The best restroom award is truly an honor,” said Jason McLean, Varsity Theater owner and general manager. “In an era when designers are so creative with public restrooms, we consider this award a tremendous achievement.”

As for the restroom’s fantasy-themed design, “I ask the audience to spend a short time immersed in a make-believe world, leaving their cares behind and yet in a social way,” McLean said.

The 2013 contest attracted nominations from a wide range of businesses, including restaurants, a hotel, an ice cream parlor, an art museum and a classic arcade. The ten finalists were selected based on cleanliness, visual appeal, innovation, functionality and unique design elements.

The 2013 finalists:

Business/Facility

  • Alex Madonna Gold Rush Steak House – San Luis Obispo, CA
  • Ground Kontrol Classic Arcade – Portland, OR
  • John Michael Kohler Arts Center – Sheboygan, WI
  • Public Glass Bathrooms on the Square – Sulphur Springs, TX
  • Sloan’s Ice Cream – West Palm Beach, FL
  • Tampa International Airport – Tampa, FL
  • Varsity Theater – Minneapolis, MN
  • Viracocha – San Francisco, CA
  • Waldorf Astoria – New York, NY
  • Westfield Garden State Plaza – Paramus, NJ

To view photos of previous winners, visit the America’s Best Restroom Hall of Fame on the contest website at www.bestrestroom.com.

Cintas launched the America’s Best Restroom Contest in 2002 to honor businesses across the country that consider hygiene and style top priorities.

“This project is undoubtedly fun, but it also conveys a critical message that restroom hygiene matters for good health and good business. Proprietors recognize the parallel between clean restrooms and customer retention,” said Engel. “We look forward to celebrating our 13th year in 2014 and invite the public to nominate their favorite facility online now for consideration in next year’s competition.”

For more information or to set up an interview, please contact Survey Editor Danny Rubin at 757-285-7617.

About Cintas:
Headquartered in Cincinnati, Cintas Corporation provides highly specialized services to businesses of all types primarily throughout North America. Cintas designs, manufactures and implements corporate identity uniform programs, and provides entrance mats, restroom cleaning and supplies, tile and carpet cleaning, promotional products, first aid, safety, fire protection products and services and document management services for more than one million businesses. 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.

Let The “Bowl Games” Begin

Public Voting Now Open for 12th Annual Contest
Cincinnati, OH- September 2, 2013 – When you’ve gotta go, these top potties provide sweet relief, according to the team of survey editors tasked with narrowing down the ten best restrooms before the Internet public picks its favorite this fall.
“Will America decide that the nation’s top toilet is indeed “functional art” inspired by an Italian masterpiece on show at a Swiss museum? Perhaps it’ll be the “Pac Man” potty inside the Pacific Coast arcade that prides itself on preserving the “golden age” of gaming? Or will one of New York City’s most luxurious loos, a sprawling sophisticated space inside the iconic Waldorf Astoria hotel, capture the crown to become America’s 2013 King of the Throne? We will soon find out as this year’s top ten public potties compete for the coveted title of Cintas’ America’s Best Restroom, the popular contest now celebrating its 12th year.
Voting begins now! The public is invited to show its support by casting a ballot for their favorite restroom online at www.bestrestroom.com through October 31 as these top 10 venues compete to secure the most votes in hopes of being crowned Cintas’ America’s Best Restroom.
The contest’s site takes visitors on a photographic tour of each facility and then encourages them to choose their favorite. The winner of the 12th annual Cintas’ America’s Best Restroom Contest will be revealed during a nationally publicized media event later this fall, and both the winner and runner-up will secure a place in the Hall of Fame.
2013 Finalists for Cintas’ America’s Best Restroom Contest
Viracocha /veerah-coach-a/
San Francisco, California
From the outside it’s an inviting, rustic looking boutique. Once inside, Viracocha’s quaint and cozy charm come to life beneath the high-beamed ceilings that house vintage clothing, antique furniture and other unique collectibles. Nestled in San Francisco’s oldest neighborhood, Viracocha is a haven for local artists, writers and musicians. This eclectic vintage store has become one of the Mission District’s most popular destinations – predominantly for its posh potty – which patrons say resembles a “Zen retreat” so magical you will wish you could live in it. Featuring vintage table lamps, a Victorian bath tub, and a cozy white arm chair, it comes as little surprise to locals that Viracocha’s ornate, spacious bathroom has been called “one of the top 10 places in the city to take a date” by several San Francisco bloggers and named as a finalist in this year’s America’s Best Restroom contest. “We regularly have to tell visitors to hurry up the tour,” joked store owner, Jonathan Siegel.
Alex Madonna Gold Rush Steak House
San Luis Obispo, California
You won’t be disappointed by the lavish décor of the Madonna Inn. But if you really want to relish in the lap of luxury, take a tour of the ladies loo inside the Alex Madonna Gold Rush Steak House. Designed to capture the same timeless elegance represented in other parts of the Inn, designer and co-owner Phyllis Madonna carried the colorful palette and patterns into the ladies room for a very pink, distinctly feminine appeal. The girly-chic washroom features carved-wooded stall doors adorned with tufted pink leather, an antiqued gold distressed-finished mirror, a dazzling ceiling chandelier, marble countertops, and pink embossed wallpaper with a gold leaf finish. One of the more notable design features seen throughout the Inn, and in this ladies restroom, are the signature native stone walls. Original photos of the Inn show the restroom’s stone walls being erected before any interior construction could begin.
Tampa International Airport
Tampa, Florida
Before blessing the budget to renovate Tampa International’s main terminal the CEO wisely noted that his airport restroom facilities “reflect the level of customer service provided by the business and it is something that people remember, for better or worse, so always make sure it’s better”. With 17 million passengers traveling through the Airport each year, that’s a lot of customer impressions. The 20 restrooms in the main terminal were renovated as part of the airport’s latest modernization project and were redesigned to provide a bright, clean atmosphere with a fresh, Florida feel. The restrooms feature automated, hands-free conveniences that exude a sanitary and modern feel. A family restroom, which features a changing station, bench seating and outlets for nursing mothers and guests with medical devices, is located directly adjacent to each set of restrooms. All of the high-end, quality materials used in the new facilities such as stainless steel, porcelain and quartz were selected for maximum durability and ease of maintenance. The focal point of each restroom is the full-wall graphic glass mural with a different image in each restroom. The murals were created from photographic prints that are floating between 2 panes of glass. The images were selected to depict scenery, animals and plant life all native to the state of Florida. Incorporating eco-friendly materials into the project was a high priority for the design team. State-of-the-art airblade hand dryers were added to cut down on paper waste. Lighting fixtures were replaced with LED lighting to reduce energy consumption while increasing the longevity of the fixtures. In addition, all of the toilets and urinals were replaced with low-flow fixtures reducing water usage by half.
Sloan’s Ice Cream
West Palm Beach, Florida
For ice cream fanatics, it may be hard to imagine anything more fantastic than a parlor filled with 47 flavors of your favorite frozen treat! But if you bypass the lollipops and licorice and beeline for the bathroom, you”re sure to find a surprisingly memorable sight – another of Sloan”s celebrated sensory experiences – its see-through bathrooms! When the restroom is empty the bathroom window visible to the parlor is clear, but once locked, a layer of fog blocks the view. Here”s the science behind it: sandwiched between the two panels of glass is a mixture of polymer and liquid crystals. A constant electrical current keeps the crystals in line and the glass transparent. But when the door handle is locked, the current is stopped, the crystals fall, and the glass looks clouded. Of course, you”ll still wonder when you take a seat whether or not it works! How”s that for sinfully sweet?
Varsity Theater
Minneapolis, Minnesota
The Varsity Theater, formerly The University Theater, was one of the last vaudeville houses in Minneapolis and hosted everything from minstrel shows, to comedians, to screenings of early silent films. In 2005, the current incarnation of The Varsity Theater opened its doors as a vaudeville house for the 21st Century. The restroom, decorated with ornate, gilded mirrors, sassy text plates, and bricks laid as if by a drunken mason on bender, invites guests into an Alice In Wonderland-like grotto – to relieve themselves and re-live childhood fairy tales. One part old-fashioned powder room one part lounge, this restroom allows concert-goers to take a break in an area from which one can still view and hear the stage. Bartenders even serve drinks over the back counter into the restroom area, offering a VIP experience to every guest. The sinks were designed with shower head-faucets with a foot pedal operation, a la grade school restrooms. The lounge and hand washing area is coed, creating quite a social atmosphere, particularly when concert-goers are trying to figure out how to activate the sinks and they need to ask one another for the tip – use your toes. And of course, the women’s side of the restroom features four times as many stalls as the men’s side. In addition to hosting both local and national music acts the Varsity is a popular location for wedding receptions, private galas, and dream dates, coupled with dinner at their associated restaurant, Loring Pasta Bar.
Westfield Garden State Plaza
Paramus, New Jersey
Toilet availability, safety and sanitation are all primary concerns – but family friendly facilities top the latest toilet-related trends. When it comes to shared parental responsibility, especially in public places, this is more than a matter of “wee importance”. The bathrooms inside New Jersey’s Garden State Plaza are the epitome of family-friendly. The shopping mall’s two exclusive, newly renovated family lounges include private curtained stalls for nursing mothers, a granite countertop with multiple diaper changing stations, and bottle warmers. A comfortable common area features leather lounge chairs and loveseats, toys and a TV airing children’s programming. The lounges even offer private stalls complete with one standard sized toilet and a “pint-sized” potty, too.
Waldorf Astoria New York
New York, New York
It’s been said that using the washrooms in the lobby of the Waldorf Astoria has, by now, become a rite of New York. The landmark hotel was designed by architects Schultze and Weaver and dates back to the early 1930’s The lobbies and entrance of the historical property have recently been restored to their 1930’s era art deco interior. The ladies lounge, located in the Park Avenue entrance lobby, features an Art Deco staircase, an elegant faux fireplace with oversized marble vanity. You will always be greeted by the bathroom attendant. Each private stall is an inclusive bathroom complete with a toilet, marble vanity, porcelain sink with brass fixtures and Salvatore Ferragamo bath amenities. The space is finished off with unique, timeless light fixtures.
Ground Kontrol Classic Arcade
Portland, Oregon
This bathroom is downright Kool! When Ground Kontrol Classic Arcade reopened its doors to this renovated space in 2011, the video game-themed bathrooms stole the show. The premier arcade, dedicated to preserving video gaming’s “golden age” features 60 classic video games and 27 pinball machines. Portland interior designer Jessica Helgerson created the space by combining convenience features like touchless faucets, with retro-style arcade game graphics incorporated into the tile work of the floors and walls. The theme carries through to the mirrors by using a maze of small “pixel” squares instead of a single large surface, and even up to the ceilings where square LED lights illuminate the room. Custom designed and fabricated sinks glow with an ever-changing array of color powered by more LED bulbs.
Public Glass Bathrooms on the Square
Sulphur Springs, Texas
This small Texas town took a big leap back in 2012 when they debuted two all-glass bathrooms on their downtown square, the first of their kind in the United States. The pair of glass potties didn’t come cheap though. The masterpieces cost the City a pretty penny – $54,000 to be exact. But it’s all in the name of art. Make that “functional art.” Part of the inspiration for this project came from Italian art piece, Monica Bonivicini’s ‘Don’t Miss A Sec’ from 2004, which was on display outside an art museum in Switzerland. The structure was initially part of the overall exhibit, but when construction workers began using the glass bathroom, the idea of “functional art” evolved. In order for the illusion to work properly, the outside of the structure must be more lit than the inside. These bathrooms have no lights on the inside and in order to see at night, LED lights were placed on the outside of the structure, for the illusion to remain. Sulphur Springs has the only functional, permanent and code complying glass bathrooms constructed with one-way mirrors. Users of the facility can see out, however, no one can see in. The design includes a spacious wheelchair-accessible interior and a gleaming stainless steel toilet and sink.
John Michael Kohler Arts Center
Sheboygan, Wisconsin
The John Michael Kohler Arts Center is renowned for exhibits that feature art made from pottery, iron, enamel and brass. But in the bathroom? That’s right. The museum has six, artist-inspired restrooms throughout the building. The idea began in 1974 when Director Ruth Kohler wanted to show the connection between art and industry. At that time, artists around the world combined new technology and materials, including those from Kohler Co., the nation’s leading plumbing ware manufacturer. Artist Matt Nolen designed the largest restroom in the Kohler Arts Center. Known as Social History of Architecture, it features a floor-to-ceiling mural, complex paintings and ceramic art. Every inch of the room is full of color, from the walls and ceilings to the counters and fixtures. Admission to the Kohler Arts Center is free so stop by and take in the beauty…of a bathroom!
Fans can also participate by visiting the Best Restroom Facebook pageTwitter account and YouTube Channel to post comments, receive contest updates, share photos or upload videos; links to all three sites are on the contest homepage.
“Cintas launched the America’s Best Restroom Contest twelve years ago to raise awareness of the importance of hygiene and to salute those businesses which strive for restroom excellence in both function and design,” said John Engel, Cintas’ Senior Marketing Manager.
Cintas Corporation (CTAS) accepted nominations for any non-residential restroom accessible to the general public online through the summer. Qualifying facilities were then judged and finalists were selected based on cleanliness, visual appeal, innovation, functionality and unique design elements.
For more than 80 years, Cintas has serviced businesses nationwide and their clientele, who recognize the correlation between clean restrooms and customer satisfaction and retention. “It makes smart business sense to maintain the facilities in a restaurant, hotel or other public place as it undoubtedly influences a customer’s overall experience. Everyone can appreciate a clean, well-maintained and innovatively designed restroom,” Engel added.
Cintas Canada will announce its top finalists in the annual Canada’s Best Restroom Contest in September. Visit www.bestrestroom.com/canada for more information.
About Cintas Corporation
Headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio, Cintas Corporation provides highly specialized services to businesses of all types. Cintas designs, manufactures and implements corporate identity uniform programs, and provides entrance matsrestroom supplies, promotional products, first aid and safety products, fire protection services and document management services to approximately 900,000 businesses. Cintas is a publicly held company traded over the Nasdaq National Market under the symbol CTAS, and is a component of the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index.