Filtrine Touchless Drinking Water Equipment in The Water Cube

The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust (PCT) had an idea – they wanted to dispense both still and sparkling drinking water in an ecological, and aesthetically pleasing way outdoors in a small downtown Pittsburgh parklet, and promote reusable drinking water bottles. This is just part of their goal to revitalize a downtown area of Pittsburgh and turn it in a Cultural Center to attract residents and visitors alike. They worked with a team of local architects, fabricators, event planners and an electronic lighting wizard for three years to design a distinctive piece of functional public art. They call it The Water Cube. Next they had to decide where to source the Cube’s water fountains and water bottle filler stations (also known as Hydration Stations). Since PCT had unique requirements, they turned to Filtrine for advice because it is the only custom builder of drinking water equipment in the US.

Filtrine recommended two durable non-recessed stainless steel drinking water fountains, Model 107-14s, for one side of the Cube. Because the Cube is not monitored, and PCT wanted to conserve water, Filtrine suggested two touchless Model B103 stainless steel bottle filling stations for the other two walls. Filtrine’s “Hands Free” sensor activated water bottle filler valves turn on only when the bottle is held under the dispenser, avoiding waste and germ transmission. One B103 bottle filling station disburses sparkling water with the use of an internal carbonator and the second disperses still water. Maya Henry, City Design Editor of the NEXT Pittsburgh blog wrote “The artsy Water Cube dispenses [chilled still or sparkling] free water, first in the US.”

George Hansel, Filtrine’s VP, says,”Starting with Minoru Yamasaki, a prominent architect in the late 1950’s, architects can realize their vision and make a drinking water fountain an artistic feature of their building when they work with Filtrine.” He added, “Filtrine continues to investigate innovative ways of depensing drinking water citing the recent design of the 108-WD, a bronze fountain ringed with cherry wood.”

View The Water Cube in action.

Learn more about how Filtrine can help you realize your vision with its distinctive drinking water fountains and durable water bottle fillers for indoors or outdoors by filling out the Drinking Water Product Request a Quote Form or contacting your local Filtrine Drinking Water Representative.

The photo (Courtesy of Pittsburgh Cultural District) shows The Water Cube installed in the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust district with one of Filtrine’s B103 Water Filling Stations on the left and Filtrine’s two non-recessed 107-14 fountains on the right. Technical design and project management by Flyspace Productions.

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