The Millenia park project is located in Chula Vista, California, and consists of a custom Romtec restroom building and a matching trash enclosure. Developed by Meridian Development, Millenia is described on their website as a “completely walkable community” touting environmental friendliness and a healthier lifestyle.
The Engineer on this project, Kimley-Horn and Associates, has worked with Romtec Utilities on numerous projects in the past, including the Alyce Gereaux Park Renovation, the MLK park, and the Kimball Park & El Toyon project.
For Meridian Park, Romtec supplied a restroom building consisting of 3 individual unisex restrooms, a mechanical room, and a covered area. The restrooms are located on the face of this structure with the mechanical room along the back of the restrooms. The entrances to the mechanical room feature a door on the side of the structure, and a rolling door on the opposite side.
The side profile of this building features an inverted slope, with the roofing sloping down towards the middle of the structure and the back of the mechanical room, before sloping back up over the covered area.
On the exterior, the walls of the restroom and mechanical room are composed of smooth face block in gray, precision block in cool gray, and burnished block in black. These 3 different blocks are arranged in a custom pattern, giving the structure a unique look.
The roofing on this structure is metal roofing in Charcoal Grey, and the doors and doorframes are powder-coated grey to remain consistent with the buildings’ color palette. Metal roofing is already a durable roofing material, and on this structure the roofing has been coated with Iko Stormshield Ice and Water Protector to further protect the roofing and reduce maintenance.
The restrooms are American Disability Act (ADA) compliant and feature hardy stainless steel fixtures that are well-suited for high use environments. Push button faucets on the sink make it easier for users of all abilities to wash their hands, and a hand dryer eliminates both the waste and potential mess of paper-towels. Each restroom also comes equipped with a baby changing station to give parents a convenient and private place to tend to their children.
Entry to the mechanical room can be through the door on one side, or the metal rolling door on the opposite side. The metal rolling door provides better ability to store larger maintenance tools and supplies that may not fit through an ordinary doorway.
Behind the mechanical room is the covered area where guests can relax in the shade and get a cool drink of water. On the outside of the mechanical room, a blue dual, wall-mounted water fountain allows guests to hydrate and get a moment out of the sun.
In addition to the restroom, a matching Romtec trash enclosure was also supplied. This fixture is composed of the same block, block pattern, and roofing as the restroom, giving the two structures a unified color scheme. This structure will help keep the trash corralled and out of sight, and the doors can be padlocked for added security.
Millenia Park is just one of the parks that Meridian has planned for Millenia. In their vision, this development will have parks within walking distance of all residents. In the end, the Romtec supplied structures will be owned and maintained by the City of Chula Vista.