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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!

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.

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.

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!

 

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!