Problem Solver - August 2014
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Find a Restroom Structure to Fit Your Site

Clean, safe and aesthetically pleasing restrooms can be a defining feature at your site, providing comfort to visitors whether you're located in a rural setting or set against an urban backdrop. When you install premanufactured concrete restroom structures, you get a quick, simple solution that can fit in well with your surroundings while standing up to bad weather, use and abuse.

Q: We would like to install restroom structures at our park site, but we want to be sure that the structures we add fit into the aesthetic of the surrounding area. What should we consider?

A: Many premanufactured facilities are utilitarian in nature, and one looks much like any other. But some manufacturers provide a wide variety of designs, with colors and textures that can be mixed and matched to help ensure the structure blends in well with its surroundings. Walls can be designed to look like natural wood or stone, and roof pitches can be varied, so you can get an aesthetically pleasing restroom structure that fits right in.

In addition to fitting in with the other structures and surroundings of your site, you'll also want to be sure to find a restroom structure that can handle the prevailing climate in your location, as well as standing up to the heavy use and abuse that these facilities sometimes see.

Q: How can premanufactured restrooms be customized to fit in with our park's unique look?

A: In addition to having a variety of designs to choose from, manufacturers also provide a variety of colors and textures to help match the structure to your park's look. Walls can be designed to resemble barns, stucco, brick, stone or wood. When you combine the various customization options well, you'll find the right solution to meet your needs.

In addition, be sure to ask your manufacturer about park furnishings. Some restroom manufacturers also provide park furnishings that fit in with their structures, and your park's look.

Q: How can we be sure our restroom structure will withstand heavy use, as well as harsh weather conditions?

A: Look for restroom structures that feature high-strength precast concrete roofs and walls that meet local building codes. In addition, steel door frames and window frames cast into the concrete walls will help ensure that bolts and fasteners won't be damaged by vandalism or heavy winds.

Be sure the concrete panels of your building are welded together. This will ensure the structure is strong enough to withstand severe weather, including heavy snow, wind, hurricanes, seismic design category E earthquakes, flooding and mud.

Q: Can we find a premanufactured restroom that provides plumbing and electric but is still simple and quick to install?

A: Sites that have access to electric and plumbing can easily add a restroom structure with lights and running water, providing even greater comfort to visitors. These structures will be delivered to your site ready for installation and use. The work on your end will be minimal. You simply need utility stubs on a gravel pad. Most flush facilities can be installed and ready for use in just a day.


CXT Inc.

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