Colorado Town Wins Best Restroom Contest

Posted November 12, 2015 at 7:19 pm

The Minturn, CO, restroom that resembles a passageway into a Rocky Mountain mine won Cintas’ 14th Annual Best Restroom Contest, according to a news release.

“We’re excited to announce the town of Minturn public restrooms as the 2015 Cintas’ America’s Best Restroom,” said Cintas’ Assistant Marketing Manager Jillian Bauer. “The town rallied together and showed the value of a restroom that’s creative and memorable for guests.”

Officials in the town of Minturn wanted to create functional art, and it took a team to make the project a reality: the local planning commission, town council, carpenters, public works department, concrete workers, steel artists and plumbers.

“Making the humble public restroom into functional art was both a design challenge and a joy,” said Janet Hawkinson, director of design and project management in Minturn. “We are gratified to be recognized for achieving that and for creating a project that reflects the uniqueness of the community.”

Bauer visited Minturn on Nov. 10 to present Mayor Hawkeye Flaherty with the 2015 award. As the 2015 winner, the town of Minturn also receives a $2,500 credit to spend on Cintas’ services. The top three finalists win a complimentary Deep Clean of their restroom (valued up to $500).

In the contest, which attracted thousands of online votes, America chose The Music Hall in Portsmouth, NH, as the No. 2 restroom in the U.S. Charleston Distilling in Charleston, SC, finished in third place.

The 2015 contest attracted nominations from a wide range of businesses, including a wine bar, art museum, underground salt mine and a nursing suite inside a baseball stadium. Cintas selected the 10 finalists based on cleanliness, visual appeal, innovation, functionality and unique design elements.

Additional 2015 America’s Best Restroom contest finalists include the following:

  • Cibo Wine Bar, Miami
  • The Fitton Center for the Arts, Hamilton, OH
  • Great American Ball Park, Cincinnati
  • OB Warehouse, Ocean Beach, CA
  • Perry Lakes Park, Marion, AL
  • The Salty Pig, Boston
  • Strataca, Hutchinson, KS