The lid has been lifted on the finalists for this year’s America’s Best Restroom contest and this year restrooms in two airports on opposite sides of the country are on the list.
LaGuardia Airport’s loos in the running
If the restrooms at LaGuardia Airport’s Terminal B are among the finalists
for America’s Best Restroom, there may indeed be hope for the overall success
of the airport’s current rebuild.
With an eye to efficiency and innovation, these new restrooms have stalls
large enough to accommodate luggage, trough-style sinks with a raised counter
above; live orchids, custom mosaic tiles at the entryway and over the urinals
and graphics depicting New York City on the stall doors.
“Terminal B’s new restrooms combine cleanliness, innovative
aesthetics and advanced technology together to create a top-class guest experience that
travelers deserve,” said Stewart Steeves, CEO of LaGuardia Gateway
On a roll at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport
Lovely new restrooms are part of the major renovation project for the North
Satellite at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.
These new loos feature a flushing system that harvests rainwater to the tune of more than 750,000 gallons a year. The modern
loos also have separate sinks inside the ADA
stalls, family restrooms with adult changing tables and built-in custodial support closets.
“We appreciate that people think we have some of the best
seats in the house. said Sea-Tac spokesman Perry Cooper, “That’s how we roll.”
The eight other restrooms on the list of finalists this year include
loos at the Nashville Zoo, at the Natick Mall in Massachusetts, at the Jupiter
NEXT hotel in Portland and at restaurants, a brewpub and the New Museum of
Contemporary Art in New York City.
You can cast a vote
for the coolest commode through September 13. The winning
loo will take a throne in America’s Best Restroom Hall of Fame and receive
$2,500 in facility services from contest sponsor Cintas Corporation.
Airports around the world are getting makeovers. In some countries, new ones are being built.
Travelers are excited about that, of course, but so are architects and people who appreciate great design.
In this article from Architectural Record, the Airport Construction Council notes that at least $70 billion is being spent over five years, beginning in 2017, to modernize 50 medium and large U.S. airports.
Most of that money and effort is going toward revamping, expanding or constructing terminals.
Some of the other airports and airport terminal projects featured in this article include Pittsburgh International Airport, Singapore Changi Airport and JFK Airport.
The new Terminal B at LaGuardia Airport is mentioned as well.
Locals and visitors alike have lots of memories associated with riding the underground train out to the North Satellite – and all the trips taken to and from Seattle from those gates since 1973.
And Gate N7 is famous for being the gate where Annie (played by Meg Ryan) walks right past Sam (played by Tom Hanks) in the 1993 hit movie Sleepless in Seattle.
Before the next section of the North Satellite closes, SEA airport is asking travelers to send in stories and memories – and perhaps photos – of the North Satellite on the Sea-Tac Airport Facebook page and and on Instagram using #goodnightN7.
If you do, you may win a pair of SEA Airport carpet socks.
Located right in front of Terminal 1, on space formerly occupied by a parking lot, the Jewel is a large dome-shaped structure with a lush “Forest Valley,” a Rain Vortex that’s now the tallest indoor waterfall in the world, a 130-cabin YotelAIR hotel and 280 shops and restaurants.
I was on-site today for the opening-day preview events. Here are some snaps from the day.