The Harold Washington Social Security Center occupies a full city block in Chicago's West Loop business section. The 10-story edifice is the Regional Headquarters for the U.S. Social Security Administration (SSA).
Although, the building was constructed in 1976-after the 1972 oil crisis that resulted in the creation, installation, and implementation of several new energy conservation measures-by current standards, the complex needed updating.
"When the first Bush was in office, we were instructed to cut back on energy use and given specific energy savings goals,"
How They WorkAlthough water-free urinals have been around for many years in Europe, the technology is still relatively new in the U.S. "I know people who have been in the jansan industry for years and still have either never heard of them or have no idea how they work,"
Going Water-FreeOnce the new water-free urinals were installed in the SSA facility, Andrzejewski and Smith took a wait-and-see approach. "We hoped they could help us save water and cut costs,"
Test ResultsAfter the three-month test period, the water-free urinals were evaluated to see if they accomplished their desired goals. Building management also asked for feedback from users as well as the custodial crew.
"Overall, everyone was very impressed with the water-free urinals,"