All-Gender Restroom Design Study

The All-Gender Restroom Design Study is a stakeholder initiative to support equitable and inclusive restroom access at Michigan State University. The study will identify parameters for the initial scope and serve as a guide for future improvement projects.



  • To promote equity and inclusion by providing safe, respectful and convenient restroom facilities available for use by all community members
  • Create an inclusive, open and transparent process for engaging with stakeholder groups
  • Capture the overarching vision for restroom access
  • Develop language related to the design and construction of all-gender restrooms to be incorporated into MSU design guidelines
  • Develop design concepts, cost models and an implementation framework for projects included in the study scope
  • Identify opportunities to explore new multi-fixture restroom models
  • Create a model and process for designing inclusive restrooms


Executive Sponsors 

Norman J. Beauchamp Jr., M.D. (he/him), Executive Vice President for Health Sciences
Jabbar R. Bennett, Ph.D. (he/him), Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer
Vennie Gore (he/him), Senior Vice President of Student Life and Engagement
Melissa Woo, Ph.D. (she/her), Executive Vice President for Administration and Chief Information Officer
Teresa K. Woodruff, Ph.D. (she/her), Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs


Design Study Project Managers

Amr Abdel-Azem, CEFP (he/him), Senior Architectural Planner, Infrastructure Planning and Facilities
Lindsay Gray, Assoc. AIA, LEED AP BD+C (she/her), Space and Facilities Analyst, Institutional Space Planning and Management


Consultant for Design Study

Harley Ellis Devereaux 


Initial Project Scope

Berkey Hall, Biomedical and Physical Sciences, Communication Arts and Sciences, Engineering, International Center, Library, Natural Resources, Natural Science, Wells Hall and Wharton Center.   


Expected Deliverables

  • Analysis of Existing Conditions in Select Buildings, including structural, mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems.
  • Stakeholder Engagement, including stakeholders at the campus level and at the building-specific level. Stakeholder engagement will guide the overarching vision for restroom access on campus and the parameters for future projects.
  • Development of Design Concepts based on parameters established through discussions with university representatives and stakeholder groups as well as analyses of interior and exterior movement patterns, building code and building mechanical systems and utility infrastructure. Identify opportunities, where possible, to incorporate new restroom models as allowed by the new language pertaining to multi-fixture gender-inclusive restrooms in the 2021 International Plumbing Code.
  • Develop Detailed Cost Estimates for Design Concepts to understand the cost impacts of each individual project, total estimated cost of the initial set of buildings and data to inform future project opportunities.
  • Develop an Implementation Framework Plan for the projects developed within the scope of the study, based on stakeholder discussions, space analyses, selected design concepts and project costs.
  • Final Report which outlines the purpose of the study, its goals and objectives and findings and recommendations.



Map of single occupancy restrooms at MSU


 Autogenerated transcripts available on MediaSpace

Townhalls to shape MSU’s vision for restroom access

On April 27 and 28, MSU hosted townhall conversations to contribute to the overarching vision for restroom access at Michigan State University. The guiding principles developed will inform the parameters for future improvement projects.


"Community engagement is an integral component of understanding restroom inclusion within the design."

Tracy Sweeney, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, Harley Ellis Devereaux 

Sweeney facilitated a participatory visioning townhalls that featured:

  • Introduction by Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer Jabbar R. Bennett, Ph.D.
  • Brief Background on MSU’s efforts to increase restroom access for our campus community.
  • Overview of the Design Study. Sharing its purpose and objectives. 
  • Participatory Visioning. Engaging with community members to learn from their ideas and questions through facilitator-led exercises to help inform the overall vision.