Since its opening in March 2017, the Atlanta Braves SunTrust Park stadium has become the centerpiece of a state-of-the-art lifestyle district called The Battery Atlanta. Abounding in modern amenities, this mixed-use development includes restaurants, retail, theater and sports attractions, as well as residential living.
The ballpark was designed so that all public restrooms were centrally located throughout the facility to ensure easy, convenient access. To accommodate the increased attendance, the Braves organization wanted to provide a cleaner, more enjoyable restroom experience for ticket holders while efficiently managing operational costs. In specifying fixtures and fittings for all the stadium’s bathrooms and employee locker rooms, engineers looked for product designs and technologies that would operate effectively with heavy use while saving water and energy costs.
“SunTrust Park now accommodates traffic for 41,000 fans and our employees, so we needed public restroom fixtures designed to work flawlessly while holding up to the demands of public use,” said Mike Plant, president of development, Atlanta Braves. “We chose American Standard because their plumbing fixtures and faucets are stylish, and also meet the required commercial performance standards including sustainability, maximum hygiene and overall user comfort.”
“Helping to provide a more comfortable experience for Braves’ fans, while saving money for their organization, was our objective with this project,” explains John Gillespie, vice president, marketing, LIXIL Americas, the business unit under which American Standard operates. “With our breadth of products, we were able to provide plumbing solutions throughout SunTrust Park, ranging from the general public restrooms to the elite club level facilities to the employee locker room.”
Saving Water and Money in Popular Gathering Spots
There are plenty of viewing options at SunTrust Park, providing a variety of game day experiences for baseball fans. The ballpark is designed with gathering spots—including the Xfinity Rooftop lounge, the Terrapin Taphouse brewery restaurant and the popular Chop House eatery and bar—for watching the game and socializing over good food and drinks.
With these social spots generating a lot of community buzz upon its opening, the ballpark had to properly accommodate the increased foot traffic to the public restrooms on this stadium level. The solution: installing fixtures and faucets that controlled water consumption while still providing optimum performance, especially during peak usage periods between innings.
The men’s and women’s restrooms on the general public levels required an ADA-compliant metering faucet with easy push-on operation and an automatic 10-second water cycle limit. Project engineers selected the Pillar Tap faucet for its 0.5 gpm pressure-compensating, non-aerated spray and the ADA-compliant Lucerne wall-mounted sink, which features a “D” shaped bowl that prevents side splashing. Rounding out the public restroom fixtures are elongated wall-hung 1.28 gpf toilets that provide powerful flushing along with water conserving operation.
Investing in Club-Level Premium Comfort
On the club level, spectators seeking a higher level of comfort can watch the game outdoors in their luxury seats while enjoying all the amenities of an indoor, climate-controlled area.
The SunTrust Club — with a select 160 premium seats located directly behind home plate — provides the ballpark’s most exclusive seating environment with the best views of the field. Another choice hospitality venue in the ballpark is the 15,000-square foot Delta Sky360 Club, available to 1,500 members desiring prime seating between the two dugouts.
Club level restrooms are graced with the dramatic high-arch design lines of the GROHE Concetto single-lever sink faucet, selected for its smooth, ceramic cartridge performance and adjustable hot-temperature rate limiter. The 1.2 gpm faucets are both WaterSense and CEC certified to meet the stadium’s stringent water conservation needs without sacrificing a high style experience.
Finally, an on-site fitness facility is available to all Atlanta Braves’ staff. To provide employees a more comfortable and customized shower experience, a patented turbine technology delivers a drenching and rejuvenating three function spray while saving up to 40 percent of water. Plus, the showerhead automatically reverts to its lowest 1.5 gpm flow setting when the shower is turned off, so users have to actively switch to a higher consumption setting.
Fans are sure to appreciate the stadium’s championship-worthy restroom style and technology that allows for a classic ballpark feel, while reducing overall water consumption.