The Portland Loo is fabricated in Portland, Oregon by Madden Fabrication. The Portland Loos are simple, sturdy, flush toilet kiosks located on sidewalks in public areas. The Loos are free and accessible around the clock every day of the year. Portland Loos give the community environmentally-friendly, clean, and safe restroom facilities. The Loo comes fully tested and assembled from the factory.
The unit is composed of a minimum of materials. Utilizing stainless steel structure means that the Portland Loo weighs a fraction of a typical restroom and can be delivered on site as a complete enclosure. The restroom can be quickly removed during flood conditions or easily repaired onsite with its modular design. With a cleaning hose, janitorial supplies stored in the mechanical closet and protected with an anti-graffiti clear coat, the restroom is easy to maintain and can take a lot of abuse. The Loos in Portland are available 24/7, taking the strain off local business and creating a welcoming environment for families.
Louvers at the top and bottom of the wall create an interior environment that offers complete visual privacy, while remaining as connected with the outside as possible. The lower louvers are angled to provide law enforcement the opportunity to observe the number of users within the unit without compromising privacy. The unit’s hand-washing station is mounted on the exterior to promote shorter use times and to serve the general pedestrian population. The restroom was designed with Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design by using high traffic areas and visibility to deter illegal activities and generate high usage rates. Each Loo is built to fully comply with ADA Standards.
The entire unit can be off-grid and lit entirely by solar-powered LED fixtures. The restroom can be pre-wired for 115 volt AC power or powered by a hybrid system of solar and AC. At night a gentle light washes the exterior until it is occupied, at which time the interior lights activate and the exterior lights dim, announcing that it is in use. The Loo is functional year round with all exposed plumbing and toilet bowl wrapped in heated wire for freeze protection. The restroom requires minimal utilities, at 1.28 gallons per flush and a max 60 watt load. Fitted with an occupancy counter the restrooms in Portland often average 250 flushes per day, equivalent to busy airport restrooms.
DESIGNED TO BE DURABLE IN AN URBAN SETTING
• Heavy gauge stainless steel construction with powder coating and graffiti-resistant finish
• Louvered panels allow for community surveillance
• Hand sanitizer dispenser inside and wash station located on outside of unit
• Recessed interior and exterior LED lights
• Entry, railings and fixtures are ADA-compliant
DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION FEATURES
• Fits in an average parking space, 10’ 7” long x 6’ wide x 8’ 6” tall
• Total weight approximately 6,000 pounds
• Wall panels, doors and roof are ¼ inch thick, 304L-grade stainless steel
• Louvered panels at top and bottom
• Energy efficient motion-sensor LED lighting
• Heat trace system for freeze protection
• Skylight for additional interior lighting
• Commercial grade stainless steel toilet fixture
• Heavy-duty fittings and door hardware
• Foundation layout provided with footing design, dimensions and specifications for installation
• Factory-provided metal template for anchor bolt layout, base plate column mounts, and alignment with sanitary connections
• Choose right or left door swing and outside hand wash station located on right or left side of unit for no extra charge.
Additional cost custom options include:
• Materials upgrade to 316L-grade stainless steel for added saline and weather resistance
• Optional hardwired 110-volt AC electrical system
• Outside frame mounts for art or advertising
• Additional custom features to your specifications
POWER AND MECHANICAL SYSTEMS
Standard power supply: 24-volt DC solar powered system
• Three 190-watt solar panels for 570-watt total output
• 60-amp solar charger with smart charge controls and data jogging
• Two deep-cycle batteries provide 4 days operation when fully charged
Optional power supply: 110-volt AC hardwired system
• This option available at additional cost
• AC operation advised for installations in deep shade or under leafy canopy
• Total power draw less than 60 watts at full operation
• Interior and exterior automatic LED lighting with photo-eye and motion sensor
• 30-watt heat trace integrated with toilet and plumbing system for freeze protection
• Control circuits housed in NEMA-approved enclosure
• Rear utility cabinet houses electrical and plumbing controls
• Maintenance hose bib for cleaning
FABRICATION AND WARRANTY
• Manufactured and factory assembled by Madden Fabrication
• Ready to ship and offered F.O.B at manufacturer’s warehouse in Portland, Oregon
• One year warranty on structural components, given normal use and care
• Warranties of over one year for additional components are passed to purchaser
• Portland Loo pricing is available upon request. A discount may be available for orders of five or more Loos. The price does not include costs or fees for shipping, installation, permitting, or other fees.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: How much water does the Loo use per flush?
A: 1.28 gallons per flush
Q: How much does the Loo weigh?
A: 6,013 lbs
Q: What is the Loo made of?
A: All the panels, louvers, and roof are made of 304 stainless steel. All structural tubing, anchor bolts and vandal resistant bolts and screws are made of A307.
Q: Is the Loo storm rated?
A: The Loo is rated for 140 mph gusts up to 3 seconds in length.
Q: Is installation included with the restroom?
A: No, the buyer is responsible for installation. Depending on the site, the foundation can be adjusted to incorporate a drain and accommodate any steep grade.
Find a Loo
South Park Blocks
899 SW Columbia Street
Portland, OR 97201
Tom McCall Waterfront Park
898 SW Naito Parkway
Portland, OR 97204
4998 NE 52nd Avenue
Portland, OR 97218
543 NW Glisan Street
Portland, OR 97209
1099 NW Johnson Street
Portland, OR 97209
Tom McCall Waterfront Park
66 SW Naito Parkway
Portland, OR 97204
Tongass National Forest
160 Thomas Street
Ketchikan, AK 99901
751 9th Avenue
Greeley, CO 80631
Harvard / Cambridge Common Park
12 Garden Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
Missoula Art Museum Loo
335 N Pattee St
Missoula, MT 59802
Great American Ballpark
9 W Mehring Way
Cincinnati, OH 45202
The Road Home
(2 Loos at this location)
251 S 500 W
Salt Lake City, UT 84101
Rainier Beach Pool
(2 Loos at this location)
8825 Rainier Avenue S
Seattle, WA 98118
“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,”
Richard Parker, professor at Harvard Kennedy School and member of Action for Cambridge Toilet (ACT).
“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,”
Denise Jillian, ED Harvard Square Business Association
Based on Portland’s experience, this public toilet doesn’t just work well for homeless people — it works well for everybody,”
"It is worth increased installation costs if it is the right location.”
Bryan Aptekar, City of Portland
Cold Weather Toilet – Link
Improving Sanitation, Improves Lives – Link
The Portland Loo Just Keeps Getting Better and Better – Link
Who Needs A Portland Loo? – Link
Is Your Public Toilet Solution Keeping Up With The Times? – Link
How To Site Your Loo – Link
Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design – Link
Portland – “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.” – Link
Arcata – “Numerous city leaders, news media and other looky-loos attended a toilet paper-ribbon cutting ceremony at the corner of F and 8th streets this morning to dedicate and officially open Arcata’s new public shitter.” – Link
San Diego – “The “inaugural flush” of San Diego’s first Portland Loo was performed at a special ribbon-cutting hosted by Council member Marti Emerald Wednesday, Dec. 3 at the southwest corner of 14th and L streets Downtown.” – Link
Monterey – “Located in Simoneau Plaza, the city’s transit hub, the loo will help provide relief to scores pedestrians in downtown Monterey, and will replace two nearby Porta-Potties.” – Link
Victoria – “The only Portland Loo outside of Portland was sold to Victoria, British Columbia and installed almost exactly one year ago, and already it is making a name for itself with the prestigious popularly selected “ Canada’s Best Restroom” award!” – Link
Nanaimo – “A new stainless steel toilet aims to give relief to late-night tinklers.” – Link
Ketchikan – “With public restrooms few and far between in downtown Ketchikan, the much-needed facility was opened light-heartedly with plungers, poo cookies, and toilet-paper-for-napkins on hand. Borough Transit Director Kyan Reeve says the state-of-the-art design is used in Portland, Oregon and cost less than $100,000.” – Link
Seattle – “Seattle is trying yet again to relieve itself of its Pioneer Square public-toilet problem.” – Link
Cincinnati – “Two years ago, Cincinnati City Council shot down the idea of 24-hour restrooms fearing the cost, even though they are seen as a humane way to provide 24-hour restroom facilities for the homeless. Well, Cincinnati Parks Director Willie Carden didn’t give up on the idea of the “Portland Loo.” – Link