America’s Best Restroom: Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport

Posted December 9, 2016 at 2:53 pm

The Minneapolis-St. Paul (MSP) International Airport recently was crowned the winner in the 15th annual America’s Best Restroom contest, sponsored by Cintas Corp., Mason, OH, according to a news release. As the winner of the prestigious contest, the MSP Airport will receive $2,500 in facility services like cleaning chemicals or wet mops.

“The restroom is often the first place visited on arrival and the last stop for departing passengers, leaving a lingering impression of their destination,” said Alan Howell, senior airport architect, Airport Development Department, Metropolitan Airports Commission. “We are thrilled to be honored with this award for our efforts to improve the aesthetics of our restrooms and make the customer experience memorable.”

The Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport restrooms are currently undergoing renovations that will continue through 2025 to encompass more than 100 sets of public restrooms. Baby-changing stations are integrated into each restroom – all with an adjacent sink and paper towel dispenser. Meanwhile, accessible stalls include a sink and hand-drying area, as well as automatic doors to provide a touch-free environment. Original mosaic art that reflects features of Minnesota is displayed in the restrooms near the entrances.

“Public restrooms don’t get a lot of positive praise, so we’re proud to recognize businesses like the MSP Airport that are committed to providing clean and memorable bathrooms,” said John Engel, senior marketing manager, Cintas. “We applaud the MSP Airport for making the investment to prioritize user comfort and cleanliness to ensure its restrooms are always Ready™ for the next traveler.”

The finalists were selected based on cleanliness, visual appeal, innovation, functionality and unique design elements. The public cast thousands of votes online from Oct. 4 through Nov. 2. The other nine finalists included:

  • Coca-Cola Park, the home of the Triple-A Lehigh Valley IronPigs, Allentown, PA
  • Leña Brava Restaurant, Chicago
  • The Novel Neighbor Bookstore, St Louis
  • Safe House Restaurant, Milwaukee
  • Swift & Sons Restaurant, Chicago
  • The Charmery Ice Cream Shop, Baltimore
  • The Vine Restaurant, New York
  • The Way Station Bar, Brooklyn, NY
  • Urban Ecology Center Museum, Milwaukee