Gas station restrooms have a notorious reputation in general, but a series of renovated stations in Southern California—all of which incorporate Sloan flushometers—is changing people’s minds. In fact, these restrooms are designed to offer comfortable, leisurely waits for customers of the stations’ car wash and oil change services.
Erika Winters, principal of Erika Winters Design in Los Angeles, has led the redesign of five gas stations for her client and has more locations on the drawing boards. Bella Marketplace is the branded theme of the gas stations owned by Winters’ client with each location taking a slightly different take on the Italian villa look.
Customers of the Las Posas 76 gas station and car wash in Camarillo, Calif., for instance, are treated to restrooms with granite countertops, vessel sinks, Sloan sensor-operated toilets, marble tile and a chandelier. For stations in higher crime areas, Winters alters the product and material choices to keep the restrooms nice, yet vandal resistant.
“We’re happy with Sloan. They’re functional, and they always look good,” says Winters, who chooses either Sloan manual or electronic flushometers, depending on the station.