Surrey’s new park washroom design on the structure web site – Cloverdale Reporter

A new “modular” washroom in two Surrey parks caused a sensation on the “most visited architecture website in the world”.

To this day, Maple Green Park and Chimney Heights Park can boast the Biffy designed by JIM Architecture from Vancouver, with Forsyth Park and Latimer Lake Park as planned installation locations for 2021.

In 2018, the city commissioned the company to develop a modular park washroom with specific features that can be installed throughout the parking system if required.

Project details and photos are now published on

According to Laurie Cavan, general manager of the park, the single-stall prototype, priced at $ 190,000 for the base unit, is designed to be universally accessible, durable, and hands-free with touchless devices configured for solar power and in the Public art boards are located on all four sides of the structure.

“We are currently looking at our locations with the highest demand and will be setting up more washrooms in the coming months,” Cavan told the now leader.

(The story continues under the photos)

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PICTURE: Exterior and interior views of the Surrey park washrooms as seen on

The post on states that the washroom project “represents the city administration’s realization that their infrastructure must match the deepening urban character of the city. While public washrooms are critical to urban environments, Surrey shares a problem with many cities in North America where there is strong public opposition to their installation.

“The Park Washroom project has attempted to address this issue with a design that challenges this negative perception,” the post continues.

The intent of the prototype was to “create a playful, durable, and safe facility that would work well in Surrey City’s various park contexts. The design uses a distinctive shape, strong colors and a unique use of materials. To encourage public support for the facility, the colors of each neighborhood are selected and the sliding gate is designed by a local artist, often as part of a community workshop. These not only give the communities the ownership of the units, but can also strengthen the individual identity of the community. “

Further project details can be found in a 146-page request for quotation on

“I think the response has been pretty positive in the community and elsewhere,” said James Huemoeller, principal of JIM Architecture. “Some people don’t respond well to public washrooms in parks. It is a challenge for cities to provide such a convenience. “

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