Several new public washrooms are being built at strategic, high-profile locations in Whistler Village, providing an added amenity for residents and visitors.
The Resort Municipality of Whistler’s public washroom project will create a total of 28 new public toilet and urinal stalls in Whistler Village, as well the accompanying supportive mechanical and janitorial space. Accessible, family, and universal washroom compartment options are included at each location.
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The durable, commercial-grade washroom buildings are expected to be used by several hundred people daily.
“Publicly accessible washrooms throughout Whistler Village are important amenities to serve our guests and community,” said Whistler mayor Jack Crompton in a statement.
“The need for more washroom spaces has long been identified, and access to washrooms is now even more important during COVID-19 times.”
Three new public washroom locations are slated for Lost Lake PassivHaus, Whistler Olympic Plaza, and the Gateway Loop for buses.
Construction on the locations at Lost Lake PassivHause and Whistler Olympic Plaza began in May, and are expected to reach completion by late 2020 and Spring 2021, respectively. The Whistler Olympic Plaza location is the largest, with a total of 14 toilet and urinal stalls.
The third location at the 2017-built Gateway Loop with 11 toilet and urinal stalls has been deferred to a future date due to COVID-19 budget cuts.
Construction and ongoing operation and maintenance costs for the new public washrooms are completely funded by the provincial government’s Resort Municipality Initiative, which supports small, tourism-based communities by building and diversifying their tourism infrastructure. Vancouver-based Johnston Davidson Architecture is the design firm.
The combined construction cost of all three locations is roughly $4.6 million.
Meanwhile in Vancouver, there is a growing discussion over the need for accessible public washrooms in and around the downtown peninsula, particularly for the homeless, and at TransLink’s transit stations and hubs.