Dolphins Stadium, Kohler unveil luxurious restrooms

MIAMI GARDENS , FLA. Dolphins Enterprises CEO Joe Bailey has announced a partnership with Kohler Co. extending through the 2007 season. As part of Dolphin Stadiums $300 million renovations, Kohler will introduce its bath products during the 2007 Miami Dolphins season offering guests an experience in luxury. The all-new Club Level restrooms at Dolphin Stadium will feature Kohler fixtures and faucets

MIAMI GARDENS , FLA. — Dolphins Enterprises CEO Joe Bailey has announced a partnership with Kohler Co. extending through the 2007 season.

As part of Dolphin Stadium’s $300 million renovations, Kohler will introduce its bath products during the 2007 Miami Dolphins season offering guests an experience in luxury. The all-new Club Level restrooms at Dolphin Stadium will feature Kohler fixtures and faucets with the “Kohler Fan Experience,” the first alltouchless luxury restrooms in a sports and entertainment complex.

“Dolphin Stadium is undergoing a historic transformation unlike any stadium in the United States has experienced,” said Joe Bailey, CEO of Dolphins Enterprises. “Drawing its design inspiration from South Florida’s unique ‘sense of place,’ together with Kohler, Dolphin Stadium is elevating the guest experience and providing an unmatched level of luxury to the restrooms within the stadium.”

The bathroom renovations were part of an approximately 350,000-sq.ft. addition of new space, said John Dodd, J. Dodd Plumbing Inc., Deerfield Beach, Fla. Most of the addition was on the 200 and 300 level club seating and box seats that run from the 50-yard line toward the end zones, Dodd said. Plans are in the works to refurbish and add on to the end zone amenities, he said.

Dodd’s scope of work included new bathrooms, eight commercial ki tchens and 12 concession stands. In the kitchens, Dodd installed gas appliances, 12 grease traps, numerous three-compartment sinks, hand sinks and floor sinks. He installed floor sinks in the concession stands and tied into the owner-supplied water supply piping. All of the drainage in the facility is gravity drain.

Dolphin Stadium’s partnership with Kohler includes products for its club level bathrooms that aim to create a sensory experience for patrons and fans with no one bathroom being the same. As they enter the individually designed bathrooms, patrons are drawn to attractive bathroom sinks, consisting of unique shapes, colors, forms and materials, including brushed stainless steel, artistically etched glass and enameled cast iron in bright colors.

Dodd said he installed all Kohler battery-powered flush valves on the wall-hung toilets. The lavatories are all Kohler, but the stadium chose to highlight the Kohler products by mixing and matching products or colors. Lavatory faucets, for example, would all be the same per bathroom, Dodd noted, but they would use a different style of faucet in every bathroom.

“We are thrilled to be partnering with Dolphin Stadium on this incredible renovation,” said David Kohler, executive vice president for Kohler Co. “Their fans asked for public restrooms that raised the level of comfort, cleanliness and overall experience. In concert with Kohler’s corporate mission, I believe we’ve answered the challenge — that of bringing a touch of gracious living to Dolphin Stadium.”

The bathroom experience includes immersing fans with desirable scents, sounds from the game piped into the bathrooms, and a touchless experience. Kohler outfitted the bathrooms with touchless gooseneck faucets and flush toilets that use the company’s Tripoint technology.

Dolphin Stadium management wanted to ensure that careful attention was applied to selecting products that conserve water as well. Toward that end, Dolphin Stadium installed the Kohler Steward waterless urinals, recent recipients of a design award in a competition sponsored by BusinessWeek magazine and the Industrial Design Society of America, as well as faucets with low-flow aerators, and EPA WaterSense-listed toilets that flush 20% less than the 1.6-gpf federal mandate.

Among the sponsorship benefits Dolphin Stadium will provide Kohler include the “Kohler Finishing Touches” video on Dolphin Stadium’s video boards and the Miami Dolphins Website, as well as various hospitality opportunities.

Dolphin Stadium, located in Miami Gardens, Fla., is a world-class sports and entertainment facility that hosts a wide variety of events, including Miami Dolphins football, Florida Marlins baseball, the FedEx Orange Bowl (including the upcoming National Championship game in 2009) and the upcoming 2010 Super Bowl. The stadium has also been the home of two Major League Baseball World Series Games, four National Football League Super Bowls and numerous concerts. Dolphin Stadium boasts the largest high-definition video boards in professional sports and the world’s longest LED ribbon display. Owned by H. Wayne Huizenga, Dolphin Stadium is undergoing extensive renovations and improvements expected to be finished by 2009.

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