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Our Post-Thanksgiving Plans

K/O Fairground Planners – We will be there, will you?

Enough with the turkey, bring on the chips and salsa!  K/O Fairground Planners will be exhibiting at the 2018 International Fairs and Expositions Conference (IAFE) which will be held in San Antonio, Texas this year right after Thanksgiving.  We hope to see you at Booth #537 and discuss fairground master planning, growth, or even new facilities as your fairground planner and architect!

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I Love NY – The New York State Fair Expo Building

New York State Fair – Expo Center Design

K/O Fairground Planners was part of the design team that helped the New York State Fair undergo a major fast-tracked, phased renovation effort that included fairground infrastructure improvements and new event services at the complex over several years.  These entertainment design program elements were all outlined in a recent master plan effort.

K/O’s effort included involvement on the team that created the design-build bridging documents for the new 136,000 square foot Expo Center Arena Building.  The building architecturally featured vast areas of daylight and a 110,000 square foot clear span column free space.  Future phases of site development, according to the master plan, include a 55,000 square foot Covered Warm-up Arena, 3 open Warm-up Arenas, and Equestrian Stalling Facilities.  The main arena portion of the Expo Hall will have retractable seating for 4,000 patrons.

Other proposed improvements include development of a Picnic Grove and Center Green – including restrooms and pavilions, and improvements to parking, utilities and landscaping.

The building was completed in time for the 2018 Fair and is shown on the New York State Fair’s website – https://nysfair.ny.gov/venue/exposition-center/

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

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.

Box Elder Fairground Master Planning

The Master Plan for the Box Elder County Fairgrounds was divided up into 3 Phases spread out over 15 years

The Fair Master Planning of the Box Elder County Fairgrounds in Tremonton, Utah ultimately resulted in the fair design of a master plan which phased the new elements into 3 – approximately $10 million budgets, each to be conceptually complete over 5 years for an overall master plan build-out time frame of 15 years. Although K/O was not technically the fairground architect the budgeted $30 million project touched on all 40 acres of the site addressing existing infrastructure needs as well as recommending 220,000 SF in new or improved Exhibition facilities.

New equine and livestock stalling facilities were proposed as a series of two interconnected conditioned 50,000 SF+ venues that provide wide-open multi-purpose spaces for livestock and any number of event configurations. More than traditional barn design these buildings are also connected to the new 60,000 SF+ Arena facility which will be capable of hosting anything from large conventions/trade shows to animal shows, large rock concerts, indoor sporting events, and rodeos.

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!

 

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