The idea of communal (aka gang) showers in athletic facilities, schools and team locker rooms was the norm for decades, and at their outset, the concept made sense – multiple showering “stations” within a given space increased efficiency, capacity and throughput. Pipe drops into multi-head showering stanchions reduced mechanical first costs in new construction.
But, times and culture change – new norms about bathing privacy and the entire transgender issue have raised new concerns and challenges as it relates to bathroom and shower design. Dial in the additional risks of serious bacterial infections for athletes, and the surface cleanliness issue must also be addressed.
This white paper seeks to lay out some of the factors that have brought us to this point, and offers a design alternative that may shape the locker room shower of the future.