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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.

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

Win with K/O in Vegas! At the Fairs & Expos Conference!

 

Stop by our Booth #1001 at the Fairs & Expos Conference for a Chance to Win!

If you happen to be in Las Vegas next week for… whatever it is you do, or like us, at the International Association of Fairs and Expositions conference held in the Paris Ballroom on November 26th through the 28th. Stop by our booth #1001 and say Hi! We’re the only Fairground Architect or Fairground Designer in the area. We can show you the latest Fairground Master Plan we’ve completed, the latest Equestrian Barn, Livestock Barn, Exhibition Building, or Horse Arena we were the Architect on. Or at least stop by to sign up for all the free stuff we’re giving away. The main give-away on day three is an Amazon Kindle. We’ll also have several other drawings throughout the show each day for smaller items (cool K/O hats, gift cards, casino chips, drink tickets, etc.) – so be sure to stop by each day to get entered. Mention to us you saw this post we’ll make sure you get a gift!

If you cannot make it out to Vegas be sure to get entered in our second chance drawing to be held after the show. Just go to our Contact tab on our website and enter “2012 IAFE Second Chance” in the message box. Also, enter your first/last name, phone number and email so we can reach you! Enter early and often for more chances to win!

K/O will be at the Fairs and Expos trade show in Las Vegas on November 26-28, 2012

Hey, also, as always, in the spirit of great trades shows – who ever sets us up with a solid prospective lead will get a special evening of entertainment on us! For the first time this year (through the magic of the internet) we are opening this up to everyone – even if you cannot attend the show! For those of you not in Vegas, don’t worry we’ll figure something out to make it worth your while! Let us know and we’ll treat you right!

Hope the upcoming month of Holidays bode well for everyone, Have Fun and see you in Vegas, Baby!

K/O Fairground Planners in Vegas, Baby! Yea!

Fairs, Travel, Great Food, and Even Better Company!

 

Great Food and Great People at the Clockwork Cafe in Park City, Utah

On a recent trip to Utah, while wrapping up a project as Fairground Designers and Fairground Planners we happened into a nice little café located on the unpretentious side of Park City. Called the Clockwork Café its proprietor Ben Farquharson was quick to offer up conversation and the daily specials. He did not get more than halfway through his description of the Monday special before we were ordering our very own “Italian Stallion”. From his description:

“We take a nice 6 inch ambassador French roll lightly toasted with a spritz of balsamic vinegar. Then we add a layer of lean cured ham, true dry salami, provolone cheese, and a dash of parmesan. All of it is heated then we add lettuce, onion, tomato, and if you are so inclined and I recommend you do so, we add diced pepperoncinis for the bold. It is then finished with a light mayo and mustard.”

If you’re ever in the area I guess the Friday special is not to be missed – the BBQ Tri-Tip Day. As local rumor and legend has it if you show up after 11:30 you will have more than likely shown up too late as they have probably run out for the day.

Ben is quite a salesman and a great personality. He has a great little shop serving breakfast, and lunch, sandwiches, salads, and as stated directly off of the menu “Bad Ass Coffee Creations”. So, be sure to stop by the Clockwork Café located at 6415 N. Business Park Loop Road, Park City, Utah 84098. For carry out orders or deliveries be sure to call ahead 435-658-2469. You might even find us there – I mean there is always a Fairground that needs an Architect – right!