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Portland Loo Named Finalist in Canadian "Best Restroom" Contest

By Lindsay Wochnick 0 Comments

Langley Street Loo

In March 2012, Cintas Canada Ltd kicked off their third annual restroom contest, asking for nominations of washrooms that are designed, or customized to integrate function with fashion, bring personality into a space where you least expect to see it, and offer a clean, well-maintained and tastefully designed restroom. The contest recognizes establishments that place high value on hygiene and style in their public toilets.

Nominations for any non-residential restroom accessible to the general public were accepted. Qualifying facilities were then judged and finalists were selected based on cleanliness, visual appeal, innovation, functionality, and unique design elements.

On August 14th, Cintas announced the five finalists. The nominees hail from cities across Canada, including Repentigny (Québec), Toronto (Ontario), Vancouver (British Columbia), and Victoria (British Columbia).

One top contender is a Loo purchased in 2011 from the City of Portland for $90,000.  The Langley Street Loo, located in Victoria on Langley Street near Bastion Square, sports the same eco-friendly and open design that Portlanders have come to know with our Loos.  The loos’ layout offers the optimal balance of personal privacy and public access.

The stainless steel facility features a graffiti proof coating and combines a unisex toilet and an exterior hand washing station. The Langley Street Loo is the only loo in the running that is powered entirely by solar powered LED lighting fixtures and meets the Americans with Disabilities Act standards for accessible design).

Who will win the coveted title of “2012 King of the Throne?”  The public will decide. 

Through October 12, 2012, Cintas is inviting both Canadian and Americans to vote for their top pick at The contest’s website will take visitors on a photographic tour of each of the finalists’ facility and allow them to vote for their favorite restroom.  The winner the contest will be revealed during a Canadian nationally publicized media event this fall, and both the winner and runner-up will secure a place in the Hall of Fame. Portlanders - cast your vote online now!

To learn more about the Portland Loos, visit For information on the sale of the Loo to Victoria, click here.

Lindsay Wochnick
Senior Administrative Specialist
Community Information & Involvement


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