Chicago, IL

Navy Pier

Side-Mount-Operated sensor flushometer retrofit kits reduce service needs and vandalism at one of Chicago’s top tourist attractions.
Navy Pier, which originally opened as Municipal Pier in 1916 and was later renamed to honor Navy personnel, has a long, storied history of providing entertainment, as well as serving commerce and military needs. During World War I, for instance, the pier housed several regiments of soldiers, Red Cross and Home Defense units, and new recruit barracks. Today, Navy Pier is an official Chicago landmark and a major entertainment venue that attracts millions of visitors annually.

As Navy Pier has added facilities and undergone numerous renovations over the years, the restrooms have also changed. Sloan has been the plumbing manufacturer that Navy Pier has relied on for many years.

“I love Sloan,” says Joe Flores, facilities manager for Navy Pier. “When they first came out with automatic faucets, their reps gave me one to try. I liked it and purchased about 120 faucets for use throughout the Pier.”

Navy Pier also has Sloan flush valves installed in all of its restrooms. “It’s a solid flush,” adds Flores. “I appreciate that they’re a Chicago-made product, and it’s a solid product.”

Furthermore, Flores welcomed the idea of upgrading its manual flush valves to sensor-activated flushing, which his staff easily accomplished with battery-powered Sloan Side-Mount-Operated (SMO) flushometer retrofit kits.

I love Sloan, when they first came out with automatic faucets, their reps gave me one to try. I liked it and purchased about 120 faucets for use throughout the Pier.

Joe Flores

Facilities manager for Navy Pier