A Smarter Spec. A More Hygenic Future.
At a time when hygiene and budgets are top of mind — particularly in public and commercial spaces — a thoughtful washroom design choice can deliver peace of mind for the entire project team. At a new office tower in Kuwait City, Kuwait, Bobrick’s B-824 SureFlo Automatic Soap Dispenser ultimately revealed itself to be the economical hygiene solution the team could get behind.
Overlooking the new, $550 million mixed-use Assima complex, slated for completion in 2020, will be Assima Tower: a 55-story development showcasing 1,300 square metres of premium office space. While the offices will be built to an impeccable standard of architectural design, functionality and technology, cost was a key consideration for the collaborating design teams at Pan Arab Consulting Engineers (PACE), PLP Architecture and Kohn Pedersen Fox.
With budget and initial investment the overriding concerns in the washroom specifications, Bobrick and PACE collaborated to secure a soap dispenser installation that would deliver superior value through lower cost in use over time. While other Bobrick soap dispensers were specified initially, Bobrick’s B-824 SureFlo Automatic Liquid Soap Dispensers could ensure significantly reduced consumable costs and labour expense for the long term. After careful consideration by project stakeholders — including client representatives, consultants and contractors — a specification for over 500 B-824 soap dispensers was approved.
Bobrick’s B-824 SureFlo soap dispenser is engineered for durability, long-term cost-in-use savings and consistent soap availability. The counter-mounted unit’s oversized top-fill port is filled with non-proprietary bulk soap, enabling simplified maintenance and reduced labour expense compared to under-counter, screw-on proprietary cartridge systems. SureFlo ROI payback averages one year, depending on traffic volume. At a time when hygiene is top of mind, the B-824 dispensers will help Assima Tower maximise soap availability and minimise downtime.
Several other Bobrick accessories were specified as part of a comprehensive package consisting of over 1,700 units. In addition to the SureFlo soap dispensers, ClassicSeries paper towel dispensers and combination units, recessed Koala Kare baby changing stations and a variety of toilet compartment accessories were specified throughout the building. This would ensure design continuity and cost-effective, non-proprietary dispensing throughout the tower’s washrooms.
By eliminating plastic cartridges in favour of bulk liquid soap, the B-824 delivers waste reduction up to 57%, contributing to sustainability. Together, the dispenser’s simple maintenance, reliable sensor activation and polished chrome finish all contribute to a seamless, quality experience befitting of the premium office tower’s patrons.