What to Look For
- Are the restrooms easy to find?
- Are men and women’s facilities located together or are couples required to go to widely separated locations?
- Does the configuration of the restroom prohibit direct or reflected views of the people inside?
- Is the number and layout of fixtures adequate for crowds anticipated when the building is full?
- If you were carrying a Bible or a purse, where would you put it while using the facilities?
- Are diaper changing tables in both men’s and women’s restrooms?
- Is it possible to exit the restroom without grasping a doorknob or handle?
Why It Matters
Some visitors to your campus are only there for worship; others are there for the small group ministry, and others just for the great athletic ministry. All of them use the restroom. Why miss an opportunity to make a good impression in the place that reaches the broadest cross-section of those who set foot on your property?
Many building codes now require a Family Toilet in public buildings. These are essentially unisex handicapped toilets, but are provided to allow parents to assist children of the opposite gender and older couples to assist each other.
Room x Room posts are brief examinations of the nature, purpose and potential of typical spaces used in ministry. The intent is to help users see and consider how each component contributes to (or hinders) the ministry it serves.