August 16, 2012
by Canadian Architect
Will Canada’s next Best Restroom be a metallic mobile public toilet complete with solar-powered lighting? Will it feature rustic hardwood floors and exposed ceiling pipes? Or will it showcase plush and scrumptious-looking fabric in rich hues? How about floor-to-ceiling custom designed wallpaper and oversized oak wood doors? These are just some of the impressive images inside the five public washrooms that will compete for the coveted title of Cintas Canada’s Best Restroom, the popular contest now celebrating its third year.
The 2012 finalists for Cintas’ Canada’s Best Restroom are:
* Centre for Professional Training (CFP) Vocational School (Centre de formation professionnelle des Riverains) in Repentigny, Québec by local architect Luc DesMarchais
* Earls- King Street in Toronto, Ontario by ROLLOUT®
* The Georgian Court Hotel in Vancouver, British Columbia by Louis de Araujo of LDA Design
* Langley Street Loo in Victoria, British Columbia – purchased from the City of Portland, Oregon, in 2011 for $90,000
* This is London Club in Toronto, Ontario
The public is invited to vote for their top pick at www.bestrestroom.com/canada/ through October 12, 2012, as these top five venues compete to secure the most votes in hopes of being crowned the 2012 King of the Throne. The contest’s site takes visitors on a photographic tour of each facility and then encourages them to choose their favourite. The winner of the 3rd annual Cintas’ Canada’s Best Restroom Contest will be revealed during a nationally publicized media event this fall and both the winner and runner-up will secure a place in the Hall of Fame.
Fans can also participate by visiting the Best Restroom Facebook page, Twitter 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.
Nominations for any non-residential restroom accessible to the general public were accepted 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 launched Canada’s Best Restroom Contest in 2010 to recognize establishments that place high value on hygiene and style in their public restrooms. “The condition of the washrooms in a restaurant, hotel or other public facility undoubtedly influences a customer’s overall experience,” said Cintas Canada’s Senior Marketing Manager Leslie Molin.
“While it may not always be top of mind when dining, we realize that the washroom is an integral part of the overall design,” said Steve Salm, General Manager of e11even, which took the regal crown in last year’s contest.
Successful businesses recognize the correlation between clean restrooms and customer satisfaction and retention. “Cintas’ contest salutes owners and managers who invest in the upkeep of their facilities because they know it makes smart business sense,” Molin added.
It’s not too early to start sending in nominations for next year’s contest. “Whether you want to promote your own business, or bring recognition to a favourite restaurant, hotel, school or other establishment that you believe goes above and beyond in the design or cleanliness of its restrooms, we invite you to send us a name and photo,” says Canada’s Best Restroom Survey Editor, Sabrina Zimring.
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