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Case Study: Sanitary Restroom Storage for Mobile Devices
March 10, 2021 - Contact FacilitiesNet Editorial Staff »
At F5 Tower in Seattle, Washington, employees span over 28 floors. If you’re one of them, you might not be near your desk for hours. If you’re one of F5 Tower’s many out-of-town visitors, you might have your belongings and bags with you for the entire day.
F5 Tower occupants needed a safe, secure place to store their mobile devices and other belongings while using the restroom — and stainless steel, multifunctional mobile device holders delivered.
Jason Dardis, Sr. Manager, Global Real Estate & Operations at F5 Networks, was responsible for management of the company’s relocation from its Elliot West campus to the F5 Tower in downtown Seattle. Soon after F5’s occupancy, Dardis and Operations Manager, Steve Duncan, were challenged by employee requests to find a solution that allowed workers to have a secure and sanitary place to store their laptops, mobile devices and other belongings throughout their busy days. Bobrick’s B-635 Klutch Mobile Device holder provided the high-end aesthetic and convenient function they were looking for.
When Dardis and Duncan initially began their search for a product, there was not a solution on the market that met their needs. The team considered fold-out shelves as well as partition-mounted pockets.
"We really didn’t have a good solution,” Dardis says. He and Duncan wanted something sleek that didn’t protrude from the walls but still was able to hold several items, if needed. After months of searching for a solution, Dardis and Duncan reached out to their Bobrick representatives and discovered a new product was available: Klutch.
Ultimately, 224 units were installed inside toilet compartments across the building’s 28 floors, which each has three men’s, three women’s and two unisex restrooms.
“We were able to find a really unique and effective solution,” Dardis says. “It’s better than a simple shelf and it’s certainly better than leaving your laptop out in a common area.”
Since installation, occupants have expressed appreciation for providing a sanitary solution to a recurring problem that impacted many employees each day.
Studies have suggested that as many as 75 percent of Americans admit to using their phones while in the restroom — the mobile device holder was developed to help keep mobile devices and other belongings off of wet or unsanitary surfaces within toilet cubicles and throughout the restroom.
The product has a sleek, compact design that fits with various décor options and offers installation within toilet compartments, private spaces and common areas. The product is also ADA compliant, requiring no grasping or twisting of the wrist to operate.