Acorn Engineering Blog
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
The commercial plumbing marketplace is responding to the increased demand for fixtures that emphasize proper and frequent hand washing.
Education and vocation are crucial ingredients in rehabilitation, so care should be given to those spaces in correctional facilities.
Inmate rehabilitation efforts are not one-size-fits all. Learn how mental health spaces in prisons can be designed to foster healing and rehabilitation.
Providing prisoners autonomy and privacy doesn’t have to compromise safety. Read how correctional design can foster rehabilitation.
When rehabilitation is the ultimate goal, overall prison size needs to shrink. Experts suggest no more than 1,000 inmates for effective reform.