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How Quality Community Bathrooms Influence College Choices

November 7, 2017

When it comes to choosing a college, students have many factors to consider. While academics, campus location and extracurricular activities are often at the top of the list, there’s one surprising aspect that shouldn’t be overlooked: community bathrooms in residence halls. This 2019 study, published in the Family and Consumer Science Journal, states that the quality of community bathrooms can greatly impact student retention. Let’s explore more about how the quality of Meridian® Solid Surface materials can impact college choices in general.

Uncompromising Privacy  

Research from Iowa State University found that privacy in community bathrooms is one of the factors that influences a student’s choice to live on a college campus. When colleges choose Meridian® Solid Surface for their shower and toilet partitions, they can promise complete privacy – because privacy should never be optional. 

That’s why every partition is expertly designed to eliminate sightlines completely, ensuring a truly private experience. With continuous brackets and hinges and seamless divider panels, our partitions offer a fully enclosed installation that leaves no gaps or openings.  

Design & Style  

Tile Alternative  

When college students are living on their own for the first time, they often like the look of high-end furnishings but are completely unaware of the cost. Tile can be a tempting choice, but after factoring in the cost of time, material and labor, the expense can add up quickly.  

When colleges select Meridian® Solid Surface shower walls, they can opt for a tile alternative that offers the timeless look of tile showers without the cost and maintenance. By choosing Meridian® Solid Surface as your elevated tile alternative, you can save both time and money, all while maintaining a sleek and sophisticated aesthetic in your college bathrooms. Still curious? Discover how the cost of Meridian®️️️️ tile-pattern walls compares with the cost of traditional tile.  

Lasting Quality 

Meridian® Solid Surface isn't just a pretty veneer. It’s 100% solid. This durable material is tough enough to withstand the demands of higher education settings. Our proprietary material undergoes rigorous testing to ensure it meets strict quality and performance standards, including the solid surface standard – ANSI/ICPA SS-2001.  

When you choose Meridian® Solid Surface, you can have confidence that it will look great for years to come. In fact, it will outlast and outperform other materials like stainless steel and HDPE. Read the toilet partition comparison guide 

Easy to Clean  

Let’s be honest: "clean” can mean a lot of different things to a college student. Even under the best circumstances, cleaning can be a time-consuming and tedious task. Meridian® Solid Surface is designed to make your life easier. Our solid surface resists stains and can be effortlessly cleaned with warm water and household detergents. With minimal effort, you can keep your community bathrooms looking fresh and inviting, without the need for harsh chemicals or extensive scrubbing. 

Sanitary & Hygenic  

Mold and mildew are the last things you want in your community bathrooms. With Meridian® Solid Surface, you can say goodbye to any hiding places for these unwanted guests. Our nonporous material is a homogeneous blend of polyester and acrylic resins, along with natural mineral fillers. This nonporous quality eliminates the risk of mold and mildew growth, ensuring a cleaner and healthier environment for students. 

Request a Quote  

If you’re looking to replace or renovate your community bathrooms, showers or toilet partitions on your college campus, select Meridian® Solid Surface and find out why Meridian® is chosen by those that know. Request a quote today! 

Topics: shower bases, Universities, Architect, Showers, University, Showers - Universities