Grand Beach Washrooms

Client: Manitoba Conservation, Parks and Natural Areas Branch
Location: Grand Beach, Manitoba
Size: 3,800sf
Stage: Completed 2010

Working with The Government of Manitoba and park officials, an architectural concept of ‘no building’ was the driving factor behind the design.  It was decided that buildings should not dominate the beach nor should a washroom building become the predominant element of the beach.

Because the building shadowed LEED through ‘the green building policy,’ it was determined to use a construction method that dates back to 5000 BC. Modernized through pneumatically compacting sand, gravel, clay, and stabilized through cement, rammed earth construction was used to minimize the impact on the environment and to tie itself into its context.

With rammed earth construction, on-site earth could be used as a material creating a building that will last indefinitely, is economically viable, and makes use of one of the best sustainable building materials, earth.

The building also includes a number of other strategies which results in a green building.  This includes natural lighting through skylights, high efficiency lighting on sensors, water use reduction through ultra low-flow fittings, waterless urinals, and a green roof.  The building is also of rammed earth, burnished block, and concrete construction which are non-combustible, durable, low maintenance, vandal resistant, and green building materials.

Grand Beach Washrooms Project Team
Principal Architect: Chris Daly