September 30, 2020

One of our projects, the O'Hare restroom modernization program, is being featured in Airport Improvement Magazine. Titled, "O'Hare Int'l Renovates & Expands Restrooms in Terminals 1 & 3," the magazine spoke to our Laura Rebbe and Jeffrey McQuiston about the project.

For the modernization program, Epstein provided interior design services for the renovation and expansion of 22 existing men’s and women’s restrooms in Terminals 1 and 3 at O’Hare. In addition, several family restrooms and mother’s rooms were integrated into the new designs.

The new restrooms were modernized to include state-of-the-art lavatories with water, soap and hand dryer dispensers all located at the sink in order to reduce paper waste and water on the floor. Toilet stalls were made wider and deeper to improve overall circulation and comfort for passengers. Furthermore, energy efficient lighting was installed and mechanical exhaust improved to complement the updated restrooms. Lastly, new finishes and materials were selected to provide long-term durability while improving the traveler’s experience.

"Durability was a major factor, but we didn't sacrifice the look of the restroom" Jeff told the magazine. "With newer construction technologies, a finish can be both durable and visually appealing. Airports do not need to limit themselves to stainless steel and plastic."

This project, which began construction in 2017 and was completed in 2019, is part of O’Hare’s “ORD21” vision for a modern airport. Through the $8.5 billion project, the airport will transform from curb to gate and meet the needs of the traveling public through the 21st century and beyond.

To read the entire article, please click here.

Thank you for the feature!