Portland’s famous stand-alone bathroom, The Portland Loo, was developed by Madden Fabrication in conjunction with the City of Portland. Free and accessible around the clock, the Loos are designed specifically to prevent problems that are commonly experienced with public toilets. The sleek and modern kiosk discourages crime with graffiti-proof wall panels and open grating. And, they’re easy to clean, with commonly used components that are easy to replace or upgrade. First installed over 10 years ago, The Portland Loo has proven to be a durable and inexpensive solution to keep your city clean and crime-fee.

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Prevents Crime

The sleek and modern kiosk discourages crime with graffiti-proof wall panels and open grating that allows you to see if and how many people are inside.

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Easy to Clean & Maintain

The coating on the steel wall panels makes it simple to clean with a hose, and all plumbing and building components are common and easy to replace or upgrade.

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Inexpensive to Install and Run

It can be delivered on site as a complete enclosure, and requires minimal utilities that can operate on solar power or low level volt power.

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  • Mayor Andy Adams, City of Campbell River – In-The-News Review August 29, 2019
    We could have paid for the Portland Loo in what we’re spending for repairs and maintenance on the existing facility. Having seen the Portland Loos that are in Nanaimo and in Bastion Square in Victoria and some other locations, had council made the decision five or six years ago to purchase this, we probably could […]
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    The others couldn’t ensure the safety we needed. One of the key things in regard to downtown washroom facilities that you’re seeing throughout North America is the ability for sight lines, ensuring the safety of the people using the washroom but also ensuring that if people are inside the washroom and are unconscious, people can […]

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Human waste issue at Vancouver park prompts call for 24/7 washroom

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Loo loot: How much has Portland made in the toilet business? Where does the cash go?

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Parks Department May Shrink Costly bathrooms to Save Cash

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Portland Toilet Locator

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Esquimalt, BC, Interview with Rick Daykin

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