No matter where we go, or what city we’re in, people love the look of the Portland Loo. A modern design that was originally focused on function and durability resulted in a sleek freestanding restroom that can be recognized anywhere.
Whether you’re working within your city’s staff, transit department, or non-profits, we know that you want a lavatory that integrates well with the environment, while also discouraging crime and destruction. Portland wanted the same thing, and the city personnel knew well the history of nightmare issues that had occurred withother city toilets open to the public 24/7. That’s why, when designing the Portland Loo, we took the time to get it right with ingenuity and input from police, fire, park staff, engineers, and more.
With it’s rounded anti-graffiti wall panels, open grating, easy-to-clean coating, and interchangeable building components, it’s the the swiss army knife of restrooms. Every feature and placement has a purpose, from the cabinet with cleaning supplies to the motion sensors that let you know if someone is inside. Portland Loo’s function and aesthetic work together tangentially to fit right into any city’s landscape.
When Portland City Commissioner Randy Leonard originally had the idea for The Loo, there was a rise in the city’s homeless population. Without restroom facilities, this population was left to find somewhere else to take care of business. The city realized that having a restroom open 24 hours a day with full public access would alleviate the need to disturb local businesses for their restroom facilities. They knew the solution would also help with sanitation, to prevent waste throughout public and tourist areas, as well as the spread of disease.
Madden Fabrication took wish lists from a variety of Portland staff and volunteers, and together they created a public toilet that would prevent common problems - such as vandalism, illegal drug use or prostitution. The Portland Loo is easy to clean, and nothing can be ripped off the walls or easily damaged. It’s made with components that are commonly used by many cities, making them easy to replace or upgrade. And because it’s a single stall, it’s gender neutral and can still take about 300 flushes per day, comparable to an airport restroom.
There’s no other lavatory that is designed and built for the people that maintain it, which has proved to keep keep our city clean and crime-fee. The first Portland Loo was installed over 10 years ago, and it still looks almost brand new! It won’t be a risk to your budget or reputation either. If you need a durable and inexpensive solution to reducing crime and waste in your parks, transit stations, or other populated areas, join the many cities who enjoy the look of The Portland Loo.