Bathroom experiences can easily alter one’s view on a restaurant, business or school. According to Bradley’s 2013 Healthy Handwashing Survey, 64% of Americans say they’ll think twice about patronizing a business or will never visit again if the restrooms are less than satisfactory. Since restroom cleanliness is proven to be a large factor in the perception of a business, how do businesses detect and overcome uncleanly restrooms? Point-of-Sale survey kiosks may be the answer. Kiosks, much like the one pictured below, can quickly record and measure patrons’ reactions to their experiences. Usually seen when making a purchase at a store or online, some businesses are beginning to incorporate them into their restrooms. However, there are some positives and negatives to this idea. Positive: real time response to bathroom cleanliness so cleaning crews can act accordingly and keep the restroom presentable. Negative: Reliability of the survey. Will patrons be willing to touch the buttons of the kiosk if the threat of non-handwashers using the kiosk prior to them lingers? These are just a few pros and cons to this new use for POS surveys. Tell us what you think. Could your business or the businesses you patron benefit from such technology?
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Happy Friday! This weekend marks the first weekend of Summerfest here in Milwaukee and I am sure many of you are anxious to start the weekend with music and food down by the lake shore. However, before you take off for the weekend we want to show you a little bit of Bradley history. Like Summerfest, Bradley has been a part of Milwaukee tradition for decades. Pictured below you can see an old advertisement illustrating the versatility of Bradley products between different commercial settings. From corporate buildings, factories, schools, hotels and even Summerfest, Bradley products can be found hard at work.
Bradley’s Flashback Friday
Each Friday, a little piece of Bradley Corporation’s history will be showcased on our blog. Most of these flashback features will be fun, historic advertisements and catalog covers of Bradley products. Stay tuned each week for something different!
Bradley’s 6-person column showers have withstood years of use and abuse. These showers accommodate moderate to heavy traffic throughout the academic year. The largest user of these showers is the UW-Whitewater Swim and Dive Team, NCAA Div III. The women’s team consists of roughly 30 swimmers/divers that utilize the shower facility every Monday through Saturday during their season (late September to mid March). The local Club swim team, intramural water polo, and patrons of the Williams Center are also among the users of this particular locker room.
At Bradley, we are committed to continuous improvement and customer satisfaction. We’re also committed to using all resources wisely as well as safeguarding the communities and environments in which we operate.
How is Bradley Green?
Advocate® is Bradley’s most environmentally friendly lavatory system. Most of the Advocates components are made of recyclable content and the system conserves energy.
Verge® Lavatory systems are made from Evero®, a blend of natural quartz granite, and recycled materials that-is more durable than granite and maintenance free!
Keltech tankless electric water heaters operate efficiently at the time of usage. Inefficient boiler systems waste energy cycling through heating water that might not be used and letting it cool to maintain temperature.
ndite® Technology: Express® SS and MG-series
- Energy is stored in a proprietary battery-free system and provides energy to the sensor and valves
- Works with normal room-level lighting – restrooms with 400 lux of lighting will provide a sufficient amount of light to power the system
- Eliminates need for electrical hook-ups or any batteries
- Environmentally-friendly technology
- Saves money on installation and maintenance
To learn more visit www.bradleycorp.com
Happy Earth Day everyone! Today is the day we all celebrate and participate in making improvements to the environment any way we can. The first Earth Day dates back to 1970. Sen. Gaylord Nelson (D-Wis.), was the first passionate advocate for protecting the environment and responsible for increasing awareness of environmental issues and creating what we all know today as Earth Day.
Bradley considers the environment as well when developing new products. Our latest lavatory system the Advocate® uses recycled solid surface materials. The wash station has an ultra low-flow faucet that results in 24% savings! To learn more about the Advocate® and other Bradley products please visit: http://www.bradleycorp.com/products
Many companies are doing their part by encouraging employees to use less paper and take public transportation to and from work, allowing some employees to telecommute, and using green materials and alternative heating systems when they rebuild or renovate. Here at Bradley, we have incorporated a program for the week to recycle all old electronics employees may not use anymore. Also, we are encouraging employees to save on paper by reducing our printing numbers by 10% during Earth week and plan to continue this program throughout the year.
For more information on worldwide Earth Day initiatives, visit this website: http://www.earthday.org/greencities/earth-day-2014/
In the meantime, think of how you can stay green and help the environment consistently.
Chicago Park District owns more than 8,100 acres of green space, making it one of the largest municipal park managers in the nation. Chicago Park District offers programs for youth, adults, and seniors. The park offers plenty of activities and is responsible for 26 indoor pools, 51 outdoor pools, and 26 miles of lakefront including 23 swimming beaches plus one inland beach. Popular attractions that fall under the management of the Chicago Park District include the Clarence Buckingham Memorial Fountain, which is located in Grant Park. Proudly referred to as Chicago’s front yard, Grant Park is among the city’s loveliest and most prominent parks. Chicago Park District encourages people to get involved and volunteer and welcome the idea of being apart of the park!
For it’s renovation efforts, the Chicago Park District sought out a durable, yet attractive locker solution that would give the facilities a more modern look and protect patrons’ belongings. Park District wanted a solution that would last for years and one that they wouldn’t have to replace. Bradley Lenox® Lockers were the perfect fit for the park.The Lenox® Lockers have an ergonomic, ADA-compliant handle which operates less than five pound of force. The handle is secured through the door latch bar with stainless steel security screws. The one-piece locker box is designed to be rigid and secure. According to Anthony Hayes, project manager in facility management for Chicago park District, “Bradley’s plastic lockers have been a money saver for the district, and we have not had any maintenance problems. We’re very pleased with them.”
Bradley products are installed close to our Bradley Corporation Headquarters! St. Mary Parish School in Menomonee Falls, WI founded in 1905 has nearly 400 students. Kids across America are now back in school and it’s important to keep in mind that hygiene in restrooms is essential with the cold season approaching. In 2004, St. Mary Parish School began their renovation project. They had issues in the past of keeping restrooms clean and they wanted to reduce their concerns by providing students with a sanitary restroom and essentially a place that looks welcoming. Also, they wanted to reduce the stress on parents who worried about their children’s risk of using dirty, old restrooms. Their solution was to include Bradley products.
The new restrooms for the students include the three-station SS-Series Express Lavatory System which have provided durability and reduced maintenance for the school. It is ideal for students because they are able to quickly wash their hands between classes and before lunch. In addition to the new lavatories, Mills® Bradmar toilet partitions and other accessories were specified to complete the restrooms’ transformation. Dave Ciepluch Director of building & ground at St. Mary Parish says he encourages facility managers to go the Bradley route. “The benefits of a group handwashing system far outweigh installing individual wall-hung china sinks. The continuous bowl is easier to clean because there’s only one area to scrub, there’s less mess because the built-in soap dispensers are right over the bowl, and they’re safer because there’s no water on the floor.” says Ciepluch. Overall Bradley bathrooms for education facilities are a better long term solution. Good luck to all the students back in school this September!
Back to school is right around the corner and that means making sure that you and or your children are ready for the upcoming year. Gathering school supplies, memorizing your schedule and picking out the perfect first day of school outfit is a yearly ritual many students go through. Not only do parents and students have to go through a check list of to-dos before the educational year starts, but schools also do their part by making sure the facilities are up-to-date and safe for students.
Offering a wide array of products to fit laboratory, restroom and locker room needs, Bradley is the go-to company that schools across the globe look to for their facility updates. At Grange Technology College – Bradford in West Yorkshire, UK, Sentry Washfountains replaced the outdated and damaged fixtures. Facility Manager, Melanie Royale stated “Sentry Washfoutains are modern looking and a little out of the ordinary, which certainly satisfied the students’ requirements. The Washfountain concept also met our need for a heavy-duty fixture and a need to conserve water.”
In Indianapolis, Indiana, the Washington Township School System took on the challenge to replace paper hand towels with touchless hand dryers throughout the entire school district. After installation of Bradley’s Aerix Hand Dryers, Phil Smith, Director of Operations told Bradley “When you look at the big picture, Aerix hand dryers have substantially reduced our facility costs. In just the 18 months that we’ve used Aerix hand dyers, the reductions we’ve seen in both electricity and maintenance expenses have been remarkable.”
Closer to home, there are many schools here in Wisconsin that currently use Bradley products. At the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee one can find 27 Bradley recessed wall-mounted combination drench shower and eyewash units at the Lapham Hall research facility. The installation doubled the amount of safety fixtures in the building and the Department of Bio-sciences can rest assured that their students are safe. In Menomonee Falls at St. Mary Parish School all restrooms on the first and second floor were completely gutted to make room for a brand new design. The school installed Bradley’s Express Lav System instead of traditional china sinks. David Ciepluch, Director of building and grounds stated “I would definitely encourage facility managers to go the Bradley route. The benefits of a group hand washing system far outweigh installing individual wall-hung china sinks.”
Whether it is across the globe or right here in Wisconsin, Bradley Corporation has helped many schools, colleges and universities keep their washroom facilities clean and “green.”
The University of Texas is home to one of the most renowned Olympic-sized competition pools in the world. The Lee and Joe Jamail Texas Swim Center is home to many elite level athletes and hosts nearly 40 national level swim competitions every year. Because of such high traffic, it is important that facilities, such as the locker rooms, are in pristine condition and are ready to withstand the moist and humid environment.
In 2007, the Swim Center initiated a month long renovation of the Center’s locker rooms. Charles Logan, Director of the Jamail Texas Swim Center stated “Our old metal lockers were plagued with terrible rust issues. My top goals for this renovation were to improve the overall look of the locker room, use sturdy lockers proven to uphold daily wear and tear – even in a moist and harsh area like a swimming area – and, ultimately, increase the overall satisfaction of those who visit our facility.”
All of the old and rusted metal lockers were replaced with Burnt Orange and White colored Bradley Lenox Lockers. These highly durable lockers were the perfect solution because they are made out of solid high-density polyethylene that is unaffected by by moisture, humidity, chlorine, and even odors!
The Jamail Texas Swim Center couldn’t be happier with their decisions to install Bradley’s Lenox Lockers.” Aside from their durability, they were very easy to install because they are shipped in one solid piece so they’re ready to go after unpacking. Plus, the lockers have been easy to clean and maintain – markers and dirt can be wiped right off with a rag and regular cleaning solution. Needless to say our staff has been very pleased.”
The end of summer is approaching fast and it’s important to get in all those last minute fun activities before it’s back to school time. When planning your next summer fun day, be sure to visit Madison Children’s Museum located at 100 N. Hamilton Street on Madison’s Capitol Square. Madison Children’s Museum is dedicated to ensuring all families have a positive experience during their visit to the museum. The museum was built with the intention of inspiring families to pursue green practices in their own lives, the museum took on the challenge to “go beyond green” in its building design.
A variety of Bradley’s restroom fixtures, which conserve water, energy and natural resources, proved to be a perfect choice for the restrooms, says Ruth Shelly, Executive Director, MCM. Five of the museum’s restrooms feature Bradley’s Express® MG Lavatory Systems made of Terreon®RE, a solid surface material comprised of a bio-based resin, pre-consumer recycled granule fillers and other natural materials. MCM actively involves their visitors in learning more about its sustainable elements with a “green tour” scavenger hunt. Each restroom is also designed around a kid-chosen theme, such as vehicles, fruits and vegetables, and the night sky, which are conveyed by colorful ceramic tiles hand-crafted by students. Madison Children’s Museum is a must see this summer and don’t forget to check out the Bradley “green” products in all the restrooms!