TOTO Chosen For Martin Luther King, Jr., National Memorial on the Mall in Washington, D.C.
MORROW, Ga., Oct. 4, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — When the Design-Build Team for the new Martin Luther King, Jr., National Memorial needed sustainable, high-performance plumbing products for its heavy-traffic public restrooms; their due diligence led to them to choose TOTO. For over ninety years, TOTO has introduced innovative products that save money, save water, and save time, while enhancing the beauty of prestigious facilities like Dr. King’s national monument as they provide the unsurpassed performance and reliability that reduces maintenance costs.
The new national monument will be officially dedicated on October 16th, which marks the 16th anniversary of the “Million Man March” on Washington, D.C. Hurricane Irene thwarted the original dedication on August 28th, a date chosen to commemorate the 48th anniversary of Dr. King’s “I have a Dream” speech from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial.
“We are honored to have been selected for installation in this world-class memorial on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., alongside monuments to George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and Franklin Delano Roosevelt,” said Jason Fitzsimmons, Assistant Vice-President, Sales Division. “It marks another in a long line of high-profile TOTO installations because our award-winning products are the first choice of architects, designers, and engineers, who seek the highest quality fixtures for their projects.”
Engineers on the King project used TOTO’s 1.28 gpf High Efficiency Toilets, 0.5 gpf High Efficiency Urinals and EcoPower 1.28 and 0.5 gpf High Efficiency Sensor Flush Valves. Having endured rigorous testing at our facilities, TOTO valves and china ensure maximum efficiency when used together.
TOTO’s high-design fixtures and cover plates enhance the restrooms’ beauty with their clean, simple lines. The handsome EcoPower High-Efficiency 0.5 gpf Sensor Faucets, like the flush valves, use flowing water to power their electronics, creating a sustainable loop. There is no need for hard wiring. With as few as 10 uses a day, their backup battery will last up to 19 years, which reduces toxic battery waste.
“With this high-profile project, I wanted to design restrooms that were both highly efficient and low maintenance, offering a new performance standard for the National Parks Service,” said Brian Russell, Senior Plumbing Designer, TM/R Engineering. “I knew there would be an extremely heavy volume of people visiting Dr. King’s national monument, so reliability and performance were crucial. TOTO–with its commitment to the highest standards of performance, reliability, and sustainability–is always my first choice for Class A projects like this, which are open to new ideas and higher water savings.”
Editor’s Note: As with all TOTO products, high-resolution digital photos of the commercial products installed in the Martin Luther King, Jr., National Memorial on the Mall in Washington, D.C., are available for download from TOTO’s Online Press Room or immediately upon request.
TOTO USA is headquarters for the Americas Division of the TOTO Global Group, which was established in 1917 with the founding of TOTO, Ltd., in Kitakyushu, Japan. TOTO is the largest plumbing manufacturer in the world with $5.1 billion dollars in annual sales. To date, TOTO has produced more than 60 million plumbing fixtures. Today, this international company maintains 23,500 employees in 69 offices around the world and owns manufacturing facilities in Japan, Mexico, USA, China and Europe with an affiliated network of more than 80 production facilities worldwide. With over 1,500 engineers on staff and three centers devoted solely to research and development, TOTO is the undisputed global leader in product innovation, precision engineering, high design, and sustainability in products that are designed to meet people needs. Exemplified in the company’s philosophy – People First Innovation — TOTO offers consumers elegant luxury products that save money and water without sacrificing an ounce of performance and the peace of mind that comes from knowing they purchased a brand that sets the standards for world-class performance, enduring quality and reliability. Winner of numerous domestic and international awards and recognitions, TOTO is the only plumbing manufacturer honored as Water Efficiency Leader by the Environmental Protection Agency. TOTO continues to raise industry standards and consumer expectations as to what is possible in the bath space, as it connects people with water in ways that enrich the flow of their daily lives.
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