“Updating the restrooms with XLERATOR Hand Dryers represents another large step in reducing our carbon footprint.”>> JIM NOLAN
VICE PRESIDENT OF OPERATIONS
One of the Most Respected in the League
Gillette Stadium is home to the New England Patriots, one of the world’s most revered sports teams. Since Robert Kraft purchased the franchise in 1994, no NFL team has won more games. Between 2001 and 2004, the Patriots became just the second team in NFL history to win three Super Bowls in four years.
But for some, it’s the work done off the field that has made the Patriots’ organization one of the most respected in the league.
The Kraft Group privately financed the $325 million construction of Gillette Stadium, which opened in 2002. That year, The Kraft Group won the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s New England Environmental Merit Award for the stadium’s design.
To avoid the construction and operational issues that plagued the team’s previous home, the Kraft Group had challenged their contractor to focus on long-term sustainability, energy efficiency and ecosystem management when designing Gillette. As a result, they were able to develop a facility that is sustainable in its construction and day-to-day operation. From its inception, the designers focused on key areas that would yield environmental benefits and cost savings.
Minimizing Energy Use
Timing devices installed on the electrical distribution system enabled all nonessential lighting after hours to be automatically shut down. This attention to energy use at the design stage reduced consumption and associated financial costs, as well as related carbon emissions.
Sustainable Use of Wastewater
An on-site wastewater treatment facility treats the stadium’s sanitary drainage such as wastewater generated from hand washing, laundry and bathing. This water is then reused in thousands of toilets throughout the facility, saving millions of gallons of water annually.
Reuse of Waste Products During Construction
During the construction of the stadium, more than 130,000 cubic yards of blasted open rock was processed through on-site crushers and reused on site. This process resulted in more than 90% of the residual product being reused as opposed to being added to the region’s diminishing landfill capacity.
Harnessing Energy from the Sun
Constellation Energy’s Projects & Services Group constructed of a photovoltaic power system that generates approximately 525 kilowatts of clean, renewable solar power at Patriot Place, the 1.3-million-square-foot entertainment, retail and dining destination adjacent to Gillette.
The Switch to Hand Dryers
“While our primary focus remains on creating the ultimate fan experience, we’re continually looking for new areas to make environmental improvements,” says Jim Nolan, Vice President of Operations, Gillette Stadium. “Updating the restrooms with XLERATOR Hand Dryers represents another large step in reducing our carbon footprint.”
“Installation of XLERATOR Hand Dryers reduces the cost and maintenance associated with paper towels in the stadium’s restrooms,” says Nolan. “Over time, we plan to install more dryers throughout our other properties, reducing operating costs and supporting our existing sustainability initiatives.”
XLERATOR dries hands completely in 8 seconds** and represents a 95% cost savings when compared to paper towels, reducing the need for maintenance and improving restroom hygiene. “Not having to pick up excess paper towels, re-stock towel dispensers, or pay for the removal of such waste, the stadium saves thousands of dollars in operating expenses,” Nolan says.
To further simplify the retrofit process, Excel Dryer provided the operations team with recessed wall boxes that allowed the dryers to be mounted precisely into the space where the paper towel dispensers once were.
XLERATOR is the only hand dryer to be MADE IN USA Certified, the first hand dryer to be GreenSpec® Listed and helps facilities qualify for LEED credits. In 2017, Excel Dryer became the first hand dryer manufacturer to publish third-party verified Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs).
“The NFL currently has XLERATOR Hand Dryers installed at its New York headquarters, NFL Network Studios in Los Angeles and is encouraging the use of high-speed, energy-efficient hand dryers at stadiums as part of the league’s ‘Green Initiative’,” says David Krichavsky, Director of Community Affairs, National Football League.
“We are excited about partnering with one of the most respected organizations in professional sports,” says William Gagnon, Vice President, Marketing and Sales, Excel Dryer, Inc. “The Kraft Group has created the model franchise in the NFL; its team, operations, business, and green initiatives are a proven blueprint for success.”
About Excel Dryer
For over 50 years, Excel Dryer has been manufacturing the finest American-made hand dryers and invented the original, patented XLERATOR® Hand Dryer. The XLERATOR created the high-speed, energy-efficient hand dryer category and redefined the public perception of hand dryers by setting a new standard for performance, reliability and customer satisfaction. Excel Dryer continues to lead the industry with its expanded and enhanced product line featuring adjustable sound, speed and heat controls, multi-voltage options and an externally visible service LED for streamlining maintenance. Combined with the most options and complete line of accessories including a HEPA Filtration System and custom covers, the best hand drying solution can be designed for any restroom environment. For more information, visit exceldryer.com or see Excel Dryer’s special page for facilities managers on FMLink.
**Dry time and energy use testing performed by SGS International on standard XLERATOR Hand Dryer with 0.8” nozzle to 0.25g or less of residual moisture, pursuant to the UL Environment Global Product Category Rules (PCR) for Hand Dryers.