​Large Convention Center Counts on Unisource for Facilities Upgrade and Green Certification


The Georgia World Congress Center (GWCC) is the fourth-largest convention center in the United States. Located in downtown Atlanta, the GWCC hosts more than a million visitors each year in its 3.9 million square feet of meeting space. It opened in 1976 and was the first state-owned convention center in the US. The GWCC has registered with the U.S. Green Buildings Council seeking LEED™ EB:OM certification.


As a very large, 36-year-old venue with significant year-round traffic, the restroom facilities at the GWCC became outdated and worn with continuous use. The GWCC turned to Unisource to update its numerous restroom facilities with personal hygiene dispensing solutions that would provide guests a more sanitary environment, reduce maintenance costs, and achieve new sustainability standards to support their LEED certification efforts.


Because of the size of the facility, Unisource implemented a multi-phase plan to address the needs of the GWCC. All of the 450 multi-fold towel dispensers were replaced with roll towel dispensers, installed between events in the various convention halls. Additionally, the bulk soap delivered by old wall- and counter-mounted dispensers was replaced with wall-mounted foam soap dispensers that reduce the risk of bacteria transmission.


The conversion to roll towels and foam soap resulted in meaningful cost savings to the GWCC, in addition to supporting their LEED initiative. Both solutions require fewer change outs per dispenser which means less maintenance costs and also have an overall lower product cost. The Green Seal® certified soap reduces the risk of bacteria and also aids in the progress of the LEED certification program at the GWCC. The updated uniform “suite” environment with the roll towel dispensers has enhanced the aesthetics of the restroom facilities for GWCC guests.

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