DESIGNED BY THE CITY, FOR THE CITY

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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THE PROOF IS IN THE POTTY

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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  • Daniel Johnson August 7, 2018
    “Thank you  for your quote for the City of Shoreline Evan. I can’t being to tell you how effective the Loos have been in solving site CEPTED issues at the Rainier Beach Site. During my tenure as the former operations and maintenance director for Seattle Parks and Recreation, the Loo was a welcome solution to […]
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  • Gary Johnson August 6, 2018
    “Based on Portland’s experience, this public toilet doesn’t just work well for homeless people — it works well for everybody”
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  • Bryan Aptekar, City of Portland August 6, 2018
    “It is worth increased installation costs if it is the right location.”
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  • Denise Jillian, ED Harvard Square Business Association August 6, 2018
    “This is an authentic urban place and we welcome everybody here — from homeless kids to global leaders,…The toilet is really located right in the heart of the square, with traffic coming and going on all sides. So the fact that it’s in such a public space I think is helpful.”
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  • Richard Parker, professor at Harvard Kennedy School and member of Action for Cambridge Toilet (ACT) August 6, 2018
    “This is going to mean that people have a place to go to the bathroom, which is a fundamental human right as much as food or shelter, which [the homeless] didn’t have guaranteed to them before.”
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When Nature Calls… / Published in HudsonReporter.com

There’s a lot to do, but no place to go—this may be the worst-kept secret of the urban experience. You’re planning a day in the Mile Square. It’s summer. Lots

App helps 100k people locate nearest public toilet / Published in Global Times

A China cloud platform has helped 100,000 people find the nearest public bathrooms when they were in need, but citizens called for an improvement in the environment. The Ministry of

Are Smart-bathroom Upgrades a Smart Investment Move? / Published in Think Realty

The Internet of Things and the advent of smart little helpers like Amazon’s Alexa, Google Home, and Apple Home have brought the concept of smart design out of the pages

We need more public toilets. Too many people are squatting between parked cars / Published in The Guardian

Public bathrooms are an invitation to participate in urban life — a signal of welcome even more important than parks and benches and trash cans. Those pieces of urban infrastructure

Victoria public loo voted best bathroom in Canada / Published in CTV News Vancouver

VICTORIA -- It's basically a spruced up downtown outhouse, but Victoria's so-called Langley Street Loo is now known as Canada's best restroom. A nationwide contest saw Victoria's outdoor, public restroom

“Canada’s best toilet” being installed in Smithers, BC / Published in CBC British Columbia

It's been called the perfect public toilet and the best toilet in Canada and now Smithers, B.C., is getting its very own own Portland Loo. "It seems to have got a lot

Relief comes to Kamloops in the form of free-standing restrooms / Published in CBC British Columbia

Kamloops, B.C., is getting two shiny, free-standing public washrooms that are made of steel and powered by solar energy. One Portland Loo, as they're called, will be installed on Tranquille

San Diego yanks problem Portland Loo / Published in The San Diego Union-Tribune

Crews yanked out of the ground early this week a Portland Loo public restroom that was a magnet for crime and one of the more notorious financial boondoggles in recent

Portland Loos making a splash beyond city / Published in PortlandTribune

The TV show "Portlandia" may be ending this season, but another iconic symbol of the city's weirdness continues to spread around the world — the Portland Loo, a locally designed

Portland, Oregon, spent $250,000 to reinvent the public toilet – and it worked / Published in Business Insider

If you've ever used a public toilet, you probably wish you held the urge until you got home. They're unclean, smelly, and often serve as de facto homes for homeless

Why Portland’s Public Toilets Succeeded Where others Failed / Published in Citylab

For the residents of Portland, Ore., taking a whiz in a public toilet is not just a matter of necessity. It’s an act of civic pride.That’s because the city is

After embarrassment, Seattle finds public toilet that’s just right / Published in The Seattle Times

Seattle is trying yet again to relieve itself of its Pioneer Square public-toilet problem. The city’s current budget includes $230,000 for the purchase, transportation and installation of a stand-alone restroom

Things You Might See on the Sidewalks of Portland

We’re proud that we were able to work with Portland City staff and officials to develop The Portland Loo, which is the name of the freestanding restrooms you can see

5 Things You Didn’t Know About The Portland Loo

Portland’s famous stand-alone bathroom, The Portland Loo, was designed to keep the city clean and discourage illicit activity. Here’s a few things you may not know about this sleek little

In Defense of San Antonio’s $100,000 Toilet / Published in San Antonio Current

It's been nearly a year since a shiny, single-stall bathroom appeared on a busy intersection in downtown San Antonio — and the public promptly lost their shit. The bathroom's hefty price tag

Seattle’s $5 million automated public toilets sold for $12,000 / Published in The Seattle Times

Seattle has officially washed its hands of the five self-cleaning toilets. The toilets cost the city $5 million. They sold on eBay Thursday evening for $12,549. All five were sold

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