Cleanzine: your weekly cleaning and hygiene industry newsletter 30th March 2023 Issue no. 1058
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Cintas crowns Nashville Zoo 'America's Best Restroom'
Members of the public were not monkeying around when it came to choosing their favourite washroom. Cintas Corporation has this week named Nashville Zoo in Nashville, Tennessee, the winner of the 2019 America's Best Restroom contest.
As this year's winner, Nashville Zoo will get to properly crown its golden thrones with prizes from Cintas.
These include $2,500 in Cintas products and services for washroom cleaning or facility management to keep the washrooms Ready for the Workday, along with a lifetime supply of bathroom bragging rights.
"We're thrilled to earn the title of America's Best Restroom," says Rick Schwartz, president and CEO of the Nashville Zoo. "As one of the top tourist attractions in Tennessee, we saw our restrooms as an opportunity to educate visitors and allow their trip to the zoo to continue even during a bathroom break. We wanted our restrooms to create dialogue and conversation, and it worked better than expected."
Inside, the Nashville Zoo washrooms offer more than meets the eye. Nashville Zoo's Expedition Peru: Trek of the Andean Bear women's washroom features a floor-to-ceiling glass window through which a family of six cotton-top tamarins is visible. This extravagant indoor exhibit features these critically endangered primates and all their antics. Meanwhile, Nashville Zoo's Entry Village men's washroom features a floor-to-ceiling glass window with a view of the Boelens Python snake exhibit.
Sean Mulcahey, marketing manager, Cintas, says: "The Nashville Zoo was able to turn its public restrooms into another attraction, and the public responded in a very positive way. Public restrooms meet many needs, so it's important that they're not only clean and well-maintained, but also memorable because it can impact the success of your business."
Cintas revealed the 10 contest finalists on August 5th and opened voting to the public through September 13th. The other finalists in the 2019 America's Best Restroom contest included:
* Butcher and the Brewer - Cleveland, OH
* Jianna Restaurant - Greenville, SC
* Jupiter Next - Portland, OR
* La Belle Helene - Charlotte, NC
* LaGuardia Airport - New York City
* Mourad - San Francisco, CA
* Natick Mall - Natick, MA
* New Museum of Contemporary Art - New York City
* Sea-Tac Airport- Seattle, WA
The 10 finalists were selected based on cleanliness, visual appeal, innovation, functionality and unique design elements. You can nominate a restroom for the 2020 contest at:
24th October 2019