Public Consultation on new Washroom Facility

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Public consultation has now closed for this project

After requests from the community for more public facilities, City Council approved budget for a new washroom to be included in the 2021 capital budget. Now, our staff are asking for resident's input on the preferred location and design of the washroom.

Survey results will be compiled for a report to Council with a recommendation on the type of facility and will feed into next steps. The final design and location will be assessed based on several factors, including initial costs, ongoing maintenance costs and public needs.

Washroom design: pros and cons

You will be asked to rank the washroom designs by preference in the following survey. The three washroom designs being considered are as follows:

Pros

Cons

Automatic Public Toilets (APTs)


The unit is cleaned after every use

Very high capital cost per toilet

Not reliant on staffing availability or levels

Potential security/safety concerns

Flexible operating hours as a result of the overall automation process

Greater potential for higher repair costs and greater downtime

Portland Loo-style toilet


Relatively low capital cost per toilet

Lack of comforts traditionally found in conventional washrooms (eg. heating, level of finish)

Can be easily relocated if necessary

Maintenance is reliant on staffing levels

Reduced safety risk and increased operating hours by implementing Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design standards (CPTED)

Minimalist design results in shorter service life

Conventional Washrooms



Traditional bricks and mortar building providing a longer useful life

High capital cost to install per toilet

Has comforts traditionally found in conventional washrooms (eg. heating, level of finish)

Structure cannot be relocated

Reduced repair downtime due to the use of conventional systems

Operational hours are reliant on staffing levels due safety concerns



Washroom location

This PDF map of downtown St. Catharines breaks the possible location of the washroom into three main areas.



Public consultation has now closed for this project

After requests from the community for more public facilities, City Council approved budget for a new washroom to be included in the 2021 capital budget. Now, our staff are asking for resident's input on the preferred location and design of the washroom.

Survey results will be compiled for a report to Council with a recommendation on the type of facility and will feed into next steps. The final design and location will be assessed based on several factors, including initial costs, ongoing maintenance costs and public needs.

Washroom design: pros and cons

You will be asked to rank the washroom designs by preference in the following survey. The three washroom designs being considered are as follows:

Pros

Cons

Automatic Public Toilets (APTs)


The unit is cleaned after every use

Very high capital cost per toilet

Not reliant on staffing availability or levels

Potential security/safety concerns

Flexible operating hours as a result of the overall automation process

Greater potential for higher repair costs and greater downtime

Portland Loo-style toilet


Relatively low capital cost per toilet

Lack of comforts traditionally found in conventional washrooms (eg. heating, level of finish)

Can be easily relocated if necessary

Maintenance is reliant on staffing levels

Reduced safety risk and increased operating hours by implementing Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design standards (CPTED)

Minimalist design results in shorter service life

Conventional Washrooms



Traditional bricks and mortar building providing a longer useful life

High capital cost to install per toilet

Has comforts traditionally found in conventional washrooms (eg. heating, level of finish)

Structure cannot be relocated

Reduced repair downtime due to the use of conventional systems

Operational hours are reliant on staffing levels due safety concerns



Washroom location

This PDF map of downtown St. Catharines breaks the possible location of the washroom into three main areas.


  • CLOSED: This survey has concluded.

    The City of St. Catharines is looking to install an all-season publicly accessible washroom facility with extended operating hours in the downtown core to help address social needs. Prior to procuring the washroom, Staff are seeking community feedback. Please take a few minutes to complete the following survey

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