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Launch of Bobrick HPLSeries Partition Collection

HPLSeries Partition Collection: HPLMetro™ 1550 &HPLAccent™ 1530 will be available for shipment beginning May 1st.

Bobrick’s new line of High Pressure Laminate Partitions provides exceptional value and new flexibility features. With 35 sophisticated colors and patterns, the HPLSeries meets the aesthetic needs of every washroom. And for the most discriminating jobs requiring unique and innovative colors from Wilsonart, Formica, Nevamar and Pionite, See available color options here

The HPLSeries provides greater design than powder-coated metal without the price-tag or regular maintenance of stainless steel. Metro 1550 offers concealed hardware, a flush front, and chrome hardware incorporating a polished version of Bobrick’s standard stainless steel barrel hinge. Accent 1530 borrows the stainless steel edge finish from the TrimLine 1030, thereby delivering the same design and durability at a significant discount, offering designer colors below the price of stainless steel! See particulars about this new series here.

Bobrick Guarantee
Testing based on ASTM methodology, has demonstrated that Bobrick HPL outperforms other materials with respect to graffiti, impact, and scratch resistance. Effective immediately, all TrimLine and Accent partitions are sold with a 5-year warranty, and Metro, Classic, and Designer partitions offer a 2-year warranty. Where vandalism and moisture are not a concern, Bobrick HPLSeries is the ideal solution.

Like all Bobrick partitions, HPLSeries complies with fire code and safety standards. Bobrick partitions meet Class B ASTM E 82 Interior Wall Finish classification, and door hardware conforms to emergency access standards and accessibility requirements.

New Koala KB208 Oval, Wall-Mounted Baby Changing Station Announced

Koala KB208 Oval, Wall-Mounted Baby Changing Station

On October 8, 2012 Koala Kare Products, introduced their new KB208 oval, wall-mounted baby changing station. Constructed of high-density polyethylene, the KB208 is engineered with a steel pivot rod secured in a metal tube offering sustained resistance to wear and provides improved durability.

Additionally, the gas spring mechanism ensures smooth opening and closing of the unit and child protection straps and bag hooks are included.

Clean lines, compelling yet understated colors, featuring Microban® product protection and the Koala commitment to quality, innovation and safety.

Refined oval design is complementary for all restroom settings.

The KB208 is ASTM compliant and meets ADA requirements when mounted properly.

Color choices include Grey Granite and Grey (Sandstone color coming soon)

KB200-SS Introduced in 2012

KB 200

The KB200-SS, released in May 2012 offers all the great features of the KB200 but is enhanced by a sleek Stainless Steel panel on the front. A clean, laser engraved logo clearly identifies the product as a baby changing station to patrons.

This horizontal surface-mounted unit incorporates all the valuable features of the KB200 with an attractive satin-finish stainless steel fascia.

With a solid steel uni-body chassis, multi-point mounting system and steel-on-steel hinge. KB200 has been tested for strength and has shown minimal deflection when tested for 200 lb weight.

Additional Features Include:
  • Gas spring mechanism to ensure smooth open and close functions
  • Lockable dual liner cavity to minimize operator refills and discourage potential vandalism
  • Two bag hooks
  • Child protection straps.

Like other Koala Kare baby changing stations, the KB200-SS bed surface contains exclusive Microban™ antimicrobial, which reduces odor-causing bacteria. KB200-SS is available in grey or white granite. Both colors coordinate with the high-quality Type 304 stainless steel fascia for a clean, modern look.

The Koala BoosterChair

Booster seat

Koala added the Koala BoosterChair to their seating line in late 2010.

The BoosterChair’s ergonomic design offers increased child comfort with a smooth contoured shape, rounded seat back and arm rests. Sleek and stylish, the booster matches modern restaurant décor.

Available in black and brown, this booster also incorporates Microban® antimicrobial protection, which inhibits the growth of odor causing bacteria.


You have heard of the environmentally friendly school buildings, and green maintenance. The term “environmentally friendly” means different things to different people. Some people think it is a concept for new school buildings, some think it translates to both high initial costs and higher than normal operating costs.

Neither of these assumptions is true; school buildings new and old, and their budgets, can benefit immensely from the “green” concept when properly applied. When the goal is set emphasizing long-term, sustainable systems, the administration will see lower total cost of ownership of a building over its useful life. Immediate benefits will be lower energy, water, and operating costs plus improved indoor air quality, and long term benefits will include reduced insurance costs, and operation costs plus public recognition of leadership in sustainability.

The easiest way to think about Green Maintenance is to review the items related to physical systems, occupation and operation that could be changed to make each more efficient and earth-friendly.

  • Green Landscaping
  • Snow removal and de-icing
  • HVAC maintenance
  • Lighting maintenance
  • Cleaning procedures
  • Restroom equipment
  • Building improvements
  • Purchasing
  • Recycling
  • Temperature monitoring

Green Landscaping
Reduce use of lawn or turf grass, and impervious surfaces. Instead opt for native species as ground covers and permeable walkways. Avoid synthetic quick-release fertilizers and minimize use of chemical pesticides. Opt for compost produced from feedstock and use integrated pest management. Mulch regularly and compost plant debris. Use xeriscaping, install high efficiency watering systems. When appropriate incorporate shade trees, rain gardens and rooftop gardens.

Snow removal and de-icing
Use sodium and calcium chloride products instead of potassium and magnesium chloride products. Sodium and calcium chloride products are less damaging to plants, concrete, carpeting and indoor flooring.

Apply chemical deicing compounds with a spreader or sprayer for greater efficiency.

Heating Ventilation Air Conditioning Maintenance
Schedule monitoring and record maintenance of intake and exhaust fans, filters and ducts. Proper maintenance will prevent leaky ducts, dirty air filters and improper airflow all of which lead to increased energy consumption and poor indoor air quality.

Lighting Maintenance
Review lighting needs and lighting level recommendations and consider occupancy sensors, timers and lighting schedules. Replace lamps with bulbs containing less mercury, and fixtures capable of using energy efficient bulbs for efficiency. To ensure consistently higher light levels schedule regular cleaning of fixtures and lamps. Choose electronic ballasts (instead of magnetic) and pin-based CFLs (instead of screw in) to ensure long-term savings of energy (and cost).

Cleaning Procedures
Prevent dirt from entering the buildings by installing dirt grabbing mats at entrances. Use less-toxic, third-party certified, cleaning and paper products and hand soaps. Cleaning with all-purpose green cleaning products removes most germs. When required disinfect only in target areas. Look for VOC content and select items with <1% VOC. Choose non-aerosolizing options with close to neutral pH. Make sure the cleaning agents are not corrosive, or labeled as carcinogens, mutagens or teratogens. Keep equipment in good order to ensure efficiency and to avoid accidents.

Restroom Equipment
Install Watersense qualified fixtures. Faucet efficiency can be increased by installing permanent flow-control valves or using automatic water control systems like self-closing faucets. Install low flow showerheads, high-efficiency toilets, and water-free urinals. Latest water-free urinals are devoid of problems faced by the earlier generation and a single unit can save 45000 gallons of water per year over one year. The installation cost is lower and they eliminate restroom vandalism normally associated with conventional units.
F200 Urinal

Building Improvements
Select low or no volatile organic compound (VOC) paints in lighter tints to keep the volatile compounds to minimal levels. Purchase water-based latex paint whenever possible. For exterior surfaces use recycled content latex paint. Install bio-based carpets, tile with recycled content, or natural linoleum; install flooring using adhesives with very low or no VOC content. Look for recycled content percentages for items that are used to replace existing items.
Sureflow soap system

Purchase energy star labeled appliances. Compare the Storage water heater vs Boiler options and choose the best option for your location. Storage water heaters should have energy factor of 62% or higher, the boilers should have annual fuel utilization efficiency of at least 85%. Gas-fueled, tank-less water heaters may be a good option for certain locations. New furniture could be a source of indoor off gasing. Reuse furniture to the extent possible. Select items with low VOC, low formaldehyde content. Air out new furniture for at least two weeks prior to it’s use indoors. Select paper products with following post-consumer recycled content: Paper towels - 40%, bathroom tissue – 20%, paper napkin - 30%, facial tissue – 10%. You can eliminate the cost of paper towels completely by choosing a reputable, low decibel electric hand dryer. Choose plastic trash bags with recycled content of at least 10% Look for Green Seal, EcoLogo or DFE/design for the environment logos when purchasing cleaning and floor care products.
Trimline hand sryer

Set Zero Waste as your Goal. Paper: photocopying on both sides of the paper. Require email reports, and electronic saving of documents instead of printed copies. Reuse paper where possible. Establish a school recycling system for paper, plastics, aluminum, and glass. Purchase products with recycled content packaging. Establish system for composting food waste. Rent or lease equipment when possible, and recycle electronic equipment that is purchased.

Temperature & Humidity Monitoring
Analyze room configurations, window placements, skylights and HVAC distribution layouts to ensure that all parts of all rooms receive adequate ventilation. Comply with American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) Standard 55-1992 (with 1995 Addenda) Thermal Environmental Conditions for Human Occupancy. Insulate to latest code levels. Install temperature and humidity monitoring as part of the building’s overall energy management system. Electronic systems are available that allow monitoring of energy consumption via the Internet.

Check The Center for Green Schools and LEED-EBOM for guidance, resources, and grants to implement green building maintenance at your organization.