Designing Restrooms that Meet Every User’s Needs

    This year, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) entered its second quarter century furthering an important mission to empower people with disabilities by removing barriers and ensuring opportunities. Among other things, the requirements of the law cover nearly every aspect of building design, including the placement of restroom hand dryers.

    According to the ADA, objects mounted higher than 27 inches on a wall but less than 80 inches cannot protrude more than 4 inches from the wall. The purpose of the rule is to avoid a hazard for someone with a visual disability who is using a cane and may not detect the object in their path. Up until a few years ago, that meant that hand dryers typically needed to be recessed in the wall to meet the 4 inch ADA standard.

    At World Dryer, we are constantly looking for ways to improve our products to enhance the user experience and make it easier for architects, commercial interior designers, facility managers and contractors to achieve their goals. That’s why we introduced SLIMdri to the market in 2011. It is a surface-mounted ADA compliant hand dryer that is almost 40 percent faster than other surface mounted hand dryers and 70 percent more energy efficient, leaving a small environmental footprint. A smaller, more powerful motor made it possible for SLIMdri to be housed in a compact structure of 11 inches high, 12 inches wide, and 4 inches deep.

    Last year, we introduced VERDIdri, another surface-mounted ADA compliant hand dryer that uses only 950 watts of power for unmatched energy efficiency. With HEPA filtration to reduce airborne contaminants and a fast 12 second dry time, VERDIdri is designed for any facility wanting one hand dryer to meet a variety of requirements, including ADA compliance.

    Today’s building engineers and facility managers must consider a host of important issues when it comes to designing a new restroom or renovating an existing one. From  constructability and functionality to ADA compliance, aesthetics, health and sustainability, facility managers and others responsible for making a hand dryer choice are faced with addressing the many facets of public concern.

    Our ongoing mission is to lead the industry in meeting every design consideration that goes into a well-planned restroom environment, whether the setting is a school, restaurant, hospital or commercial facility.

    We are committed to continually looking ahead, providing innovative solutions to meet the needs of an evolving market and we are pleased that we can help facilities of every kind achieve important goals such as ADA compliance. That is why we invite our customers to experience World Dryer’s world of choice.