EDspaces 2022 EDsession Program & Schedule


Inclusive Restrooms: A Guide to Increasing Equity and Safety in K-12 Environments

  • Description: The design of public restrooms has long been a contested territory for civil rights issues and policy debates. Segregated facilities created to prevent gender discrimination, are increasingly coming under scrutiny by the LGBTQ community. While conversation and legislation are evolving at the local and federal levels, very little data regarding the implementation and logistics of inclusive bathrooms exist at the K–12 level. This presentation provides a case study of inclusive restrooms at St. Paul Public Schools (SPPS), including design, methods to reach alternative code compliance, and post-occupancy research data through the lens of safety and security of this model.
  • Date:Wednesday, November 2
  • Time:4:00 PM - 5:00 PM Pacific Daylight Time
  • Location:EDspaces Classroom B118
  • Track:Environment/Health/Sustainability
  • Audience:Architects & Designers, Educational Institutions
  • Learning Objective 1:Be able to identify the key design components of inclusive restroom design.
  • Learning Objective 2:Review which design components contribute to students' feelings of safety and security based on research study.
  • Learning Objective 3:Understand how to define code requirements for restrooms in educational facilities and enumerate alternative code compliance methods.
  • Learning Objective 4:Learn the process of community engagement in designing inclusive restrooms at St. Paul Public Schools.
  • Credit:AIA LU, IDCEC/HSW
Heidi Neumueller
Angela Selb-Sack
Saint Paul Public Schools