The new facility, which was purchased through CXT, Inc. and manufactured in Texas, is a pre-plumbed, pre-wired, concrete building that can withstand winds up to 150 mph and meets ADA requirements. For improved aesthetics and to minimize long-term maintenance, the walls and roof utilize stamped, colored concrete to simulate stone and barn wood siding and cedar shake roof shingles. Similar units are in use at Goose Island State Park since 2008.
The unit will increase the capacity of both male and female sides by 50 percent with three toilet fixtures each, add a second handwashing sinks on each side, and also include automated hand dryers, energy efficient LED lighting, a water fountain, and vandal-resistant fixtures. The unit was delivered ready for service and even include toilet paper on the rolls.
The Parks Department was able to reutilize part of the slab from the old facility and in the next few months will add a shelter and benches and tables to it.
Demolition was undertaken by employees of the City’s Parks and Leisure Services Department, Streets Department, and Utilities Department. Site and utilities work, which were handled by outside contractors, took approximately six weeks. The cost of the unit is $170,000, with funding provided through a 2015 Certificate of Obligation.