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Vegas, baby at the IAFE!

K/O Fairground Planners will be a featured exhibitor at the IAFE (International Association of Fairs and Expositions) Conference in Las Vegas on November 27-29.  We would love to visit with you, so please stop by Booth #919 for a chat!  Or if you would prefer to schedule a specific time to meet during the convention, feel free to contact us about planning your fairground’s future.  We can assist with fairground master planning, growth, or even new facilities as your fairground architect.  K/O Fairground Planners and Designers is looking forward to sharing our expertise in the development of entertainment venues, equine facilities, expos, arenas and many other fairground amenities!

 

This year, the IAFE is embarking on a series of brainstorming sessions about the future of fairgrounds called the “20-Year Project”.  They have recruited Chip Overton at K/O Fairground Planners to co-facilitate the discussion about Fairground Facility Design.  Chip will be joined by Dennis Voeller, CFE from the Big Sky Country State Fair, also an industry leader in this area.  The 20-Year Facility Design session is Tuesday, November 28th at 10:30am.  Sign-up for this session to join in the conversation and add your voice to the future of fairground planning!

K/O Fairground Planners at IAFE 2017!

Big Plans at The Ranch

Proposed Event Center – The Ranch, Colorado

K/O Entertainment Designers recently finished up their component in the Master Plan document for the “The Ranch” in Loveland, Colorado.   This facility has earned its reputation as one of the premiere event and entertainment complexes in the region. The Master Planning team comprised of several members which partnered with K/O to provide the national expertise in Master Planning and development of fairground and entertainment facilities.  Although not acting as the fairground architect at this time, K/O prepared several programming recommendations for each of the facilities at The Ranch.

Entry Plaza – The Ranch, Colorado

Some of the proposed, strategic components included:  Facility Improvements to the Events Center, Additional/Re-purposed Areas for Community & Youth Development, Renovation/Expansion of Exhibition Hall & Conference Center, New Indoor Arena & Livestock Pavilions, and Site Circulation Enhancements.  The Ranch is wisely planning their future so they have a roadmap to follow as their entertainment venue expands and improves for the years to follow!

Livestock Arena – The Ranch, Colorado

K/O – The Ranch Master Plan

Great Architecture is everywhere! And so are great breakfasts…

The end of August brought a short trip to Pueblo, Colorado to visit the Colorado State Fair.  K/O Architects will be providing master planning services to guide future growth of this fairground.  Of particular beauty on this fairground were the iconic horse stalling structures, which have been in use for decades.  It will be a wonderful challenge to blend this historically significant architecture with new technologies/trends in equine care and we are up to the task!

Colorado State Fair – Historic Stalling Barn

Colorado State Fair – Impressive Skills!

As always, any trip to a new locale is not complete without a stop at a local eatery. We particularly enjoyed The French Press Café and Bakery in Aurora, Colorado and can strongly recommend the Breakfast Super Sammy! And no breakfast is complete without a deliciously rich cappuccino! Say “hi” to chef Cisco when you stop by!

The French Press Cafe’ and Bakery – Aurora, Colorado

Order the Breakfast Super Sammy at The French Press Cafe’ and Bakery!

In a New York “Fairground” State of Mind…

Welcome to the New York State Fair!

K/O Architects traveled to Syracuse, New York to attend the annual Great New York State Fair! K/O is part of the planning and programming team creating a premiere Fairground Expo and Arena building, working with the New York State Fair since early 2016. The Master Plan is for the venue to host everything from a sporting event, to a livestock show, to a music concert, to a business-style trade expo. Additionally, K/O Architects is addressing items from their recent market study master plan to facilitate smart growth for their fairground. Our partner in this venture is C&S Companies, and we were glad to see their commitment to the fair in their sponsorship of the S.T.E.A.M. exhibit (S.T.E.A.M. is an educational approach to learning that uses Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Mathematics as access points for guiding student inquiry, dialogue, and critical thinking). Investing in our youth will always pay great dividends!

S.T.E.A.M. – a key to our future!

What’s a trip to the fair without some local cuisine delights? We got a chance to experience some of New York’s “Famous” fair food. First up, it was Gianelli Sausage. Their sausage sandwich was worth the hype! Then it was the $1 potato at The New York State Great Potato Booth located in the Horticulture Building. I recommend the sweet potato with maple syrup – what a bargain and quite delicious!

Make sure to try the Gianelli sausage sandwich!

As architects, we always admire and acknowledge stunning architecture – and the New York State Fairground has a great history of it. K/O is excited to assist in providing the framework for the Fair to add to its rich heritage of great design!

Historic architecture at the New York State Fair

Iconic Horticulture Building – New York State Fair

The Difference is Night and Day!

Iowa State Fair Entry Gate – Nighttime

Iowa State Fair Entry Gate – Daytime

A key piece to the Iowa State Fair Master Plan was completed in time for the State Fair in 2017 and what an impact! K/O Architects designed the dynamic entrance canopy and ticket gate and provided fairgoers a highly visible and streamlined welcome point to the north side of the fairgrounds in Des Moines, Iowa. K/O continues to value its long-standing relationship with the Iowa State Fair and its team.

In previous years, this entry point was a small wooden shed with 3 ticket windows and long lines. The new structure provides up to 14 ticket windows in a climate-controlled building under a generous shade canopy for the ticket gate workers and patrons alike. This striking entrance gate quickly became one of the busiest entrances to the fair and handled the crowds with ease! When the sun went down, the canopy glowed electric blue and served as a prominent fairground planning and design element that directed fairgoers to the entry on the hill.

There are many more exciting changes on the horizon for the Iowa State Fair and K/O Architects is looking forward to being a part of their future development!

Master Planning looks at Entire Des Moines Property!

The new master plan for the Iowa State Fairgrounds looks at all 435 acres of property.

Several years ago K/O completed the initial Phase 1 Fairground Master Plan for the Southwest Quadrant of the Iowa State Fair located in Des Moines, Iowa. Fair Master Planning was precipitated by the fact that the grounds were woefully short on parking for their many year-round venues and in need of a long overdue facelift for the southeast side of their property. The need for a mass transit pick-up/drop-off point and the chance to create a secondary “main” entry also drove the process. K/O interviewed over 200 fair stakeholders and conducted board visioning sessions. The design of the new fair master plan resulted after months of analysis and review of the grounds. The final concept was chose from 9 different options and was phased for construction. K/O acted as the fairground architect on several follow-up projects.

 

Several years later the follow-up Phase 2 Fairground Master Plan followed a similar methodology – however, this master plan’s review included analysis of all 435 acres occupied by the fairground. It was initiated in response to the purchase of several new properties adjacent to the north east corner of the fair and the need to reconfirm the grounds use. The first construction project that resulted from this plan was the expansion and development of the north western parking area. Construction now continues on the development of a much needed pedestrian plaza as well as continued design and architecture on several other ideas mentioned in the plan.

Fairground Horse Arena Complete!

The Equestrian Arena at the Steele County Fairgrounds was complete in time for the 2014 annual fair!

The almost 30,000 square foot Arena and Exhibition Building is now complete at the Steele County Free Fairgrounds in Owatonna, Minnesota (see rendering above). Also referred to as Phase One of a 100,000+ Square Foot Multi-Purpose Livestock facility; it is a pre-engineered metal building which will be home to Equine Stalling Space that could total up to 170 stalls. The building also has a large clear span exhibition area that could be used for judging, an indoor Rodeo, or even storage of large vehicles during the cold winter months. The remaining not-built phases could bring the animal capacity up to over 500 if all available stalls are utilized.

 

This facility was conceptualized during the original K/O Fairground Master Plan study for the Steele County Fair complete a few years ago. The Plan included analysis of 50 buildings on the 70+ acre property. The $18 million Master Plan resulted in recommending a 155,000 SF Multi-Purpose Equine focused Complex. This building which was Phase 1, was complete prior to the 2014 fair. This new structure was designed to be a part of a series of interconnected exhibit spaces and multi-use buildings that ultimately could be used for hosting any number of expos, trade shows, animal shows, or events.

Summer of Fun and Fairs – Photo Recap!

K/O Architects has been busy as Fairground Architects and Fairground Planners attending (and designing) Fairs and Festivals all around the country, and just having a “Good Ol’ Time” this summer! We thought we would include a couple of photos of what we’ve been up to in August. Fairground Design has taken us all around the United States as we have been working on Livestock Barns, Equine Facilities, Exhibition Buildings, Fairground Design and other Entertainment types of projects.

 

We got a chance to visit a couple of NASCAR tracks this summer as we were planning some fairs!

We got a chance to attend a few concerts on Fairgrounds this summer – like Brantley Gilbert and Skid Row! We even had some backstage passes!

We spent the day working a food stand at the Iowa State Fair! There is nothing like first-hand experience to understand what works!

We got to visit the Evergreen State Fair in full swing as part of the Master Planning process! The Ferris Wheel is courtesy of Butler Amusements.

Cool lighting effect on the back of this grandstand at a track our NASCAR feasibility consultants were involved with – DSA Motorsports.

We got a chance to climb the roof tops at the Iowa State Fair this summer as we analyzed flow to better develop our planning concepts!

 

Celebrate Earth Day 2013 and Sustainable Architecture!

Enter for a chance to Win this book!

Join us by celebrating Earth Day (officially April 22, 2013) today and throughout next week! Each current and new friend, like, follow, etc. on any of our social media sites will be entered for a chance to win a copy of the new book “The Upcycle” by William McDonough and Michael Braungart.

From Amazon – The Upcycle is the eagerly awaited follow-up to Cradle to Cradle, one of the most consequential ecological manifestoes of our time. Now, drawing on the lessons gained from 10 years of putting the Cradle to Cradle concept into practice with businesses, governments, and ordinary people, William McDonough and Michael Braungart envision the next step in the solution to our ecological crisis: We don’t just use or reuse resources with greater effectiveness, we actually improve the world as we live, create, and build.

For McDonough and Braungart, the questions of resource scarcity and sustainability are questions of design. They are practical-minded visionaries: They envision beneficial designs of products, buildings, and business practices—and they show us these ideas being put to use around the world as everyday objects like chairs, cars, and factories are being reimagined not just to sustain life on the planet but to grow it. It is an eye-opening, inspiring tour of our future as it unfolds in front of us.

From Inhaitat – They take the concept beyond the simple reuse of materials and propose a world in which everything we do improves the environment. Read more of the review by Andrew Michler on the Inhabitat website here: http://bit.ly/15fYo9Q

Artful Equine Housing! Or just a Barn!

Custom Horse Stalls line the inside of this equestrian stalling facility

Just finishing construction, this Equestrian Barn was originally conceptualized as an eight stall addition to an existing equine facility housing several Champion and Grand Champion animals. As the Horse Barn Architect we worked with the owner as the program grew to expand the existing Trophy room, with a loft overlook overhead, and include enough space for the inclusion of an equine treadmill for winter exercise and therapy.

An abundance of windows bring natural light into this Equine Facility

Part of the project included expanding the Trophy Room and adding a loft overhead

The new Horse Stalls stretch along the entire Horse Barn which also equal the length of the Arena building, allowing for the riding area to share the light from the abundance of west facing windows in the new stalling facility. The stalls in this facility are larger than a standard bedroom in most homes and are as are luxurious as they are spacious. Coming in at a size of 12′-0″ wide by 14′-0″ deep these custom designed stalls and stall fronts are dimensioned to handle any kind of horse and their offspring. They are also flexible enough to be removed and reconfigured as needs change.

The Custon Stalls extend along the entire length of the riding arena

Vaulted windows and high ceilings are not unintentional as the architecture of the building is designed to be much more than a Livestock barn it is to allow as much natural light and ventilation flow as possible. The choice of pallet included wood, concrete, and steel. These materials add a sense of simplicity to the soaring roof lines which together make a strong first impression on every visitor. Odors are kept to a minimum with a special flushing system designed under the floor and supplemental mechanical ventilation which allows for frequent air changes.

View from the loft overlooking the stalls below

The new stalling facility with it’s “dancing” roof forms creates a memorable aesthetic for the first time visitor

Also part of the overall Master Plan program and an integral part of the personality of the space is the loft overlook. This quaint space exists over the trophy room and can serve as a respite from the daily rigors of horse training or as a command post, viewing all of the barn activities from a central location – including supervising events in the arena, therapy on the horse treadmill, or just a top down view of each horse stall in the barn.

The Equine Treadmill can be seen on the left as one enters the new stalling portion of the facility