Designing Restrooms for “Accessible All-Gender” Use

Floor plan

The national media has been full of discussion concerning individual rights using public restrooms. Some state legislatures have reacted making changes in accessibility including transgender persons. While the controversy continues between state and federal entities, design of public restrooms is unclear. The federal government is threatening to withhold funds to state entities that violate federal ADA accessibility regulations including access for transgender persons. The lack of clarity of the issue is affecting designs for new public restroom floor plans and for planned renovations to offer transgender signs to allow use in gender-specific restrooms. Many public agencies are holding back on renovations to meet the transgender unclear movement as they are not sure which laws to follow.

The Issue
The problem arises when several states passed laws to define the conditions under which transgender individuals could use a men’s or women’s restrooms, opposite to their natural birth gender. The conflict between local agencies and the federal position on the matter remains in debate and unclear how and/or when to follow state or federal law. The transgender community claims they have the right to use whichever restroom facility is furnished while the non-transgender community disagrees. The problem is far from being resolved, but some public agencies are in advance of final decisions, moving to provide accommodations.

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With the ongoing debate years away from becoming a defined law either state or federal, and with signage still undefined to meet codes, it remains a local decision only for public agencies to act or wait for clarity.

Signage
Those public agencies who wish to find some middle line of response to the issue have turned to replacement of signs for single-use restrooms that can be used by families or transgender. Changing the sign is low cost even though definition of the size and layout remains unclear. The cost of signage modifying traditional code-compliant signage is minimal compared to adding a transgender/family restroom in an existing separately sexed restroom building that does not contain an existing family restroom.

In airports, for example, “family restrooms” are now everywhere. These facilities are perfect for all who choose to seek privacy and accessibility including the transgender community. Yet this new concept of a building a separate individual room for family members or transgender individuals may be objected to by the transgender community as not allowing them to use a separately gender defined restroom and therefore an infringement on their rights.

Current Federal Position
Currently the feds are threatening to file legal action to remove funding from state and local agencies who violate the existing federal codes through enactment of local laws and codes in contrast. The issues seems to be whether the definition is one’s birth gender or their chosen gender through medical procedures.

Current Best Answer for New Restroom Design and Construction
Design a separate gender restroom and include a family/transgender single room accessible restroom in the same building as we find today at airports. If the law and regulations becomes defined in the future probably just a signage change will most likely meet the new regulations at minimal cost. The floor plan above shows this concept with separate gender restrooms and a family/transgender separate restroom for specific use.

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Joe Kneip Park – NRPA Parks Build Community 2015

Public Restroom Company is proud to be a part of Parks Build Community project at the 2015 National Recreation and Park Association Annual Conference.  This year featured a revamp of the Joe Kneip Park for the city of North Las Vegas, to which Public Restroom Company donated the restroom building.

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Public Restroom Company Receives 2015 Best of Minden Award

Public Restroom Company Receives 2015 Best of Minden Award

Building Better Places To Go.

Minden Award Program Honors the Achievement

MINDEN June 4, 2015 — The Public Restroom Company has been selected for the 2015 Best of Minden Award in the Plate Work and Fabricated Structural Product Manufacturing category by the Minden Award Program. For more about PRC, visit us our About Us Page.

Each year, the Minden Award Program identifies companies that we believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and our community. These exceptional companies help make the Minden area a great place to live, work and play.

Various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the winners in each category. The 2015 Minden Award Program focuses on quality, not quantity. Winners are determined based on the information gathered both internally by the Minden Award Program and data provided by third parties.

About Minden Award Program

The Minden Award Program is an annual awards program honoring the achievements and accomplishments of local businesses throughout the Minden area. Recognition is given to those companies that have shown the ability to use their best practices and implemented programs to generate competitive advantages and long-term value.

The Minden Award Program was established to recognize the best of local businesses in our community. Our organization works exclusively with local business owners, trade groups, professional associations and other business advertising and marketing groups. Our mission is to recognize the small business community’s contributions to the U.S. economy.

SOURCE: Minden Award Program
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Drop-In-Place Installation

DROP-IN-PLACE INSTALLATION
Public Restroom Company’s turnkey installation mitigates the nuisance of on-site construction and safeguards your new building from material theft and vandalism.

CONSTRUCTION & INSTALLATION
Since each building is constructed on an 8” thick mat engineered concrete slab, we can ship a completed 30-40 ton restroom nationwide. Once at the owner’s site our own experienced field staff installs the building turnkey. Sidewalks and site landscaping are completed by others.

OUR SKILLED TEAM
Public Restroom Company is the company of choice for clients nationwide due to our knowledgeable sales/design team, architects, engineers, and senior craftsmen. Let us do the work for you!

PRECISE QUALITY CONTROL
To manage quality control, all Public Restroom Company buildings are fully constructed in a dedicated manufacturing facility, loaded on to special air-ride trailers, delivered to your site, and crane installed by our skilled field technicians.

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PRC’s Unique Proprietary Components and Systems

PART 1: PRC Proprietary Concrete Floor System

This document has been written to provide public agencies with specific facts concerning the differences between our brand and the rest of the industry of prefabricated restrooms. The examples in this series will highlight the known problem our client’s face and our PRC solutions. These are proprietary components and/or systems that PRC has created through years of research and development to better our brand and provide real answers to our marketplace.


PROBLEM: Concrete Floor Systems:

The concrete floor system is one of the most important component systems in a public park restroom; on 90% of the sites in America it becomes the foundation and the interior surface that takes the most abuse from public use and ground movement. Building manufacturers provide their floors in thicknesses, from 4” to 8” – some poured on-site and others poured in-plant. Some are designed with post-tensioned steel and thinner materials, while others are poured thicker with multiple layers of steel for tension and compression structurally.

The problem is when floors crack from improper design or improper selection of concrete mix design and strength, odors accumulate and long term deterioration starts immediately and is impossible to reverse.


PRC’S ANSWER: Proprietary High Technology Concrete Floor Systems:

PRC Proprietary Concrete Floor

PRC’s Non-Absorbent Concrete Floor

PRC’s high strength 7700 psi concrete mix design is used within the 8” thick structural floor system. This system includes: chemical additives from abroad that are used on exposed concrete fenestration to keep freeze thaw and spalling from occurring; and to create a non-absorbent surface to keep organics from penetrating the surface and in turn eliminating odors.

Our structural design is comparable to a bridge deck with multiple layers of optional coated steel rebar to prevent corrosion and to deliver lifelong structural integrity. The design has been tested by a national testing laboratory who certifies our yield and absorption a less than 2.5% when normal concrete is over 30% absorptive. We warrant our floors to be structurally crack free. Our unique concrete floors are poured on a thick steel table over radiant floor heating to drive off the moisture rapidly before the surface seals the moisture in. The result is minimal air voids, yielding a near perfect uniformity. For final added protection we coat the floor with 8 mils of two part epoxy to diminish staining.

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