Acorn Engineering Blog
New Data Sheds Light on Gender-Inclusive Restroom Design
Designers have struggled for decades with the problem of developing a genuinely inclusive restroom that makes all users feel safe and comfortable. A recent study by IA Interior Architects, which asked 1,500 U.S. workers their opinions on restroom space and comfort, has provided valuable new data.
How to Choose the Perfect Commercial Sink for Your Project
Sinks have an almost endless list of configurations: multi-station, trough, wall mounted, freestanding, etc. On top of that, there are many basin shapes and materials available. Given all these options, how do you choose the right commercial sink for your project?
How to Remove Rust Stains from Stainless Steel Sinks
Stainless steel fixtures must be properly cared for in order to keep them looking as shiny and new as the day they were installed. Read on for our recommendations, as well as step-by-step instructions for removing rust stains and restoring the protective chromium oxide layer.
Where Can Schools Invest ARP ESSER Funds Right Now?
Updated 10/31/2022! Need to know where to look for information about how ESSER funds have been used in your area?
Educators continue to give this issue careful consideration. How can schools most effectively invest this temporary funding?
Inclusive Tourism: Why Hotels, Restaurants, Parks & More Should Care
Inclusive design creates an environment where all visitors feel welcome and valued as guests and customers, no matter their abilities. Read on to learn how you can better accommodate the 1 billion people currently living with disabilities.
What Is Inclusive Restroom Design and Where Is It Appropriate?
Inclusive design means making a space feel welcoming for all people. How is this different from, say, designing gender-neutral bathrooms? Inclusive design goes further. It improves bathroom efficiency and reduces wait times because each stall is available to any person looking to use it, regardless of age, gender, and ability.
Case Study: Taking Students’ Safety Seriously
In Fall 2020, the Garden Grove Unified School District knew hand washing and hydration would be critical to re-opening for on-site classes. They called their ELMCO® Stewart rep to see how Acorn Engineering and Murdock Manufacturing could help.
What on Earth Is a Waterless Urinal?
How do waterless urinals work? Urine flows down the bowl, then passes through a debris-catching strainer. From there it goes through a one-way duckbill diaphragm that lets the urine pass into the plumbing system while preventing odors from coming back out.
Join Us in Commemorating Global Handwashing Day
We have always advocated for the importance of washing hands regularly with soap and water, but it has become an even more urgent matter in the wake of the pandemic. We’d like to take this opportunity to raise awareness of the discrepancies in the availability of basic hand washing facilities and materials worldwide.
OSHA COVID-19 Guidelines for Construction Sites
General guidance for all workers and employers is in line with CDC advice, but OSHA recommendations for specific industries, including construction sites, are more detailed.
Does Your Stash of Hand Sanitizer Contain Toxic Wood Alcohol?
The CDC encourages the use of hand sanitizer when hand washing stations with soap and water are not available, but the FDA recently discovered toxic wood alcohol in some brands. Find out if your hand sanitizer is safe!
Acorn Engineering Brings Hand Washing to Students in Nevada’s Desert
This Las Vegas school needed to provide convenient hand washing stations for anyone entering the building—the Eco-Trough™ hand sink was the perfect solution.
Healthy Hand Washing Solutions and Innovations
The commercial plumbing marketplace is responding to the increased demand for fixtures that emphasize proper and frequent hand washing.
Correctional Spaces that Accommodate Vocation
Education and vocation are crucial ingredients in rehabilitation, so care should be given to those spaces in correctional facilities.
Prison Mental Health Spaces That Heal and Rehabilitate
Inmate rehabilitation efforts are not one-size-fits all. Learn how mental health spaces in prisons can be designed to foster healing and rehabilitation.
Designing for Inmate Autonomy and Privacy to Foster Rehabilitation
Providing prisoners autonomy and privacy doesn’t have to compromise safety. Read how correctional design can foster rehabilitation.
Preparing Inmates for Transition Through Correctional Building Design
When rehabilitation is the ultimate goal, overall prison size needs to shrink. Experts suggest no more than 1,000 inmates for effective reform.
Creating Healthy Prison Environments Through Aesthetic Design
Prisons are beginning to adopt healthcare evidence-based design concepts that have been shown to positively impact mental health and social behavior.
Five Prison Design Trends That Foster Rehabilitation
In this article we highlight five current design trends we’re seeing in correctional facilities around the world which foster rehabilitation and reflection.
Get the Parts You Need When You Need Them
With our new distribution centers, you can have your item in hand the very next day.
Taking Control of Water Usage
Building owners can save water and money while also encouraging eco-friendly practices with Master-Trol®.
How to Properly Clean & Care for Stainless Steel Fixtures
One of the most common reasons stainless steel fixtures develop rust is improper cleaning and care.
Case Study: Custom Hand Washing Stations for Philadelphia Zoo
We’re more conscious than ever before of the importance of hand washing to infection prevention. Learn how several MGI divisions came together to provide non-freezing outdoor hand washing stations for a children’s petting zoo.
MGI360: Celebration, Camaraderie, Collaboration & Family
This past October, we invited over 200 reps from around the world to California for Morris Group International 360. The event recognized four MGI divisions celebrating significant anniversaries.
A Simple Guide to Choosing the Right Bariatric Toilet
Is a toilet manufactured to support up to 2,000 pounds suitable for bariatric use?