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Vitrathene changing facilities – space and cleanliness are minimum requirements
couple of hundred members. Whereas Over the past few years, locker rooms maintenance that adds up.
there are a few showers women can use to have undergone something of an Beyond the lockers themselves, other
rinse off along the wall in areas where they “extreme makeover”. Facility managers design elements such as lighting can help
enter and exit pools, these showers are not now know that enhancing the look and create an inviting locker room atmosphere.
curtained and therefore not private. This functionality of locker rooms means Better lighting warms up the space and
may be okay in the men’s room, but since improving the way customers feel about makes visitors feel more comfortable.
most women prefer to shower in private, going for a swim, as well as achieving Using recessed lights over vanity areas, for
pools could do to add more enclosed cost-savings for the building. example, rather than harsh florescent strip
shower stalls so as to allow more women An attractive and well-maintained locker lights can make users feel right at home.
to shower at the same time. This would room can speak volumes to those who use it. Another consideration is energy efficient
reduce the occasions in which women must Gone are the days of smelly, rusted old lamps and automated lighting controls to
race for a stall, in order to shower. metal lockers in new locker rooms. Solid reduce energy use.
“Clubs could also improve their locker plastic lockers are an innovative solution Bringing in natural light or indirect light
room facilities in the area of hair drying because they are easy to maintain and ideal with skylights or clerestory windows is
appliances. Some clubs that actually used for humid or wet environments. Long-lasting another option. If adding day lighting in
to provide hair drying appliances have solid plastic lockers are the next generation locker rooms, privacy will likely be an issue,
dismounted and removed them forcing in lockers as they never need repainting and so windows should be provided with
women to bring their own or to leave with will not rust, dent or delaminate. obscure or opaque glazing.
wet hair. The second option could be very Besides appearance and upkeep of the Flooring around lockers, shower areas
icy on cold winter days. two materials, there is also a cost difference and restrooms should be factored into any
“It would be nice, however, if pools between plastic and metal lockers. possible upgrades. Smelly, mildewed
improved the number and style of Metal lockers may initially cost less, but carpeting and cracked cement floors are a
facilities they offer out of the pool so the calculated over a 20-year lifecycle, the turn off and can also pose safety hazards.
whole experience of going swimming plastic lockers will actually come out to be Many flooring options are available and
becomes something associated with less per locker than metal because of often the best solution is a combination of
luxury and comfort.” painting, door replacement and other materials for different areas.
“IT WOULD BE NICE, HOWEVER, IF POOLS IMPROVED THE
NUMBER AND STYLE OF FACILITIES THEY OFFER OUT OF
THE POOL SO THE WHOLE EXPERIENCE OF GOING
SWIMMING BECOMES SOMETHING ASSOCIATED WITH
LUXURY AND COMFORT”
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