Universal Change Room
The Universal Change Room design improves accessibility for families and the disabled, and is less expensive. Some of the advantages of a universal change room are:
- It provides operational flexibility, and therefore reduced operating costs, by permitting lifeguards of either sex to supervise the change room.
- This design meets the legislated accessibility requirements for disabled persons at recreation facilities, and is easier for people who have an attendant of the opposite sex.
- The universal change room is a shared space, but allows people to change in their own private cubicle rather than changing in front of others. Cubicles vary in size, some can accommodate a family of five, wheelchair users and attendants, or just individual users.
- Washrooms remain segregated for males and females, showers are outside on the pool deck.
- This design allows for greater safety and security of patrons. Parents can bring children of both sexes into the common room and still have a private cubicle.
One of the most common retrofits of existing recreation facilities is to build larger family/disabled change rooms at the request of patrons.
Large family/disabled change rooms are common in all new facilities including the Servus Place in St. Albert, Millennium Place in Sherwood Park, as well as the Londonderry Fitness and Leisure Centre in Edmonton.
The idea is new and innovative. Project architects and consultants are following the trends in recreation and aquatics, and we are building the facilities based on North American trends today and in the near future.