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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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Way Out West

Bonneville County Fairgrounds Master Plan

K/O Fairground Planners recently completed a Master Plan for the Bonneville County Fairgrounds in Idaho Falls, Idaho.   This fairgrounds is located south of town,next to the Sandy Downs horse racing facility, home of the War Bonnet Rodeo.  It will replace the existing Bonneville County Fairgrounds site that is located within the city and is surrounded on all sides.

Bonneville County Fairgrounds Rodeo Arenas

The premise of the Master Plan was to utilize as much as reasonable the existing infrastructure of the new site and create a plan that complements and aligns with the adjoining Sandy Downs equestrian facilities to the north.  Once complete, the new fairgrounds will not only provide first-class livestock stalling and exhibition areas, but also introduce a thoughtful circulation pattern to the site that will allow for multiple events to be hosted at any one given time. 

Bonneville County Fairgrounds Equestrian Arena

As part of the recently completed Master Plan for the Fairgrounds, K/O Fairground Planners developed some preliminary design concepts for new buildings and barns for the relocated grounds.  New livestock buildings will include anywhere from 48 to 120 stalls each depending on the type of animal and the pen layout.  These structures provide ample circulation space for both livestock and people while maximizing safety and security for all.  Access to natural light and fresh air was a design strategy achieved through mid-barn roof height changes which allowed for clerestories and stack effect circulation as well as enhancing the fairground architecture.

Bonneville County Fairground Stalling Barns

Besides the two new stalling barns – other buildings on the grounds included a new Family Consumer Science Building, renovation of an existing building into animal stalling, and a new Show/Sale Barn.  Other fairground support structures include restrooms and entry gates.  The framework for great fairground architecture and design is set and is ready for their future growth!

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

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

Coon Rapids, Iowa – Truly a Great Place!

One of the Great Places of Coon Rapids – Armour Building circa 1958

K/O travelog – This town is now officially a Great Place after being designated so in 2005, no longer a hidden haven of paradise in the middle-west portion of Iowa. Our recent visit to this town (population 1,300) left us in awe of its progressive attitude, friendly folks, abundant amenities, and commitment to miles of trails, arts, and preservation.

Here is a little history on Coon Rapids (taken from the – “Welcome to Coon Rapids” visitor’s guide):

In the 1930s, Coon Rapids began a new era as the cradle of the hybrid seed corn. In 1930, the colorful Roswell “Bob” Garst, working with Henry Wallace, grew his first commercial crop of seed corn. That winter he and local partner Charles Thomas founded the Garst & Thomas Hybrid Seed Corn Company. Their seed corn processing plant soon became the largest in the world. Garst’s innovations in hybrid seed, fertilizer and cattle feeding were a central part of the “green revolution” that enabled Iowa to move into its own as a major world producer of field corn and soybeans.

In 1959, Coon Rapids hit the front pages of newspapers world-wide when Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev came to Coon Rapids to visit his friend Bob at the Garst Farm. Located just southeast of town, this historic farm is now the headquarters of Whiterock Conservancy.

As the seed corn plant thrived, Thomas and Garst families continued to invest in Coon Rapids. Charles and Bertha Thomas established the city-owned Thomas Rest Haven in 1968, and also paid for hundreds of trees to replace elms hit by Dutch Elm Disease. In 1985 the Garst Seed company was purchased by the British ICI and is today owned by the Swiss-owned agribusiness giant Syngenta.

We plan many more visits …so, we’ll be back and we’ll tell you more, so stay tuned!

Front porch of the Armour Building Today. What an opportunity for a beautiful renovation

LEED Silver! It Doesn’t Get Much Better!

Silver – (Symbol Ag) 1. A lustrous white, ductile, malleable metallic element, occurring both uncombined and in ores such as argentite, having the highest thermal and electrical conductivity of the metals. 2. Level of LEED certification awarded to Polk County River Place by the U.S. Green Building Council in November of 2010.

For more information on K/O’s design for River Place click here.

From the usgbc.org web site:

LEED certification provides independent, third-party verification that a building project meets the highest green building and performance measures. Sustainable building strategies should be considered early in the development cycle. An integrated project team will include the major stakeholders of the project such as the developer/owner, architect, engineer, landscape architect, contractor, and asset and property management staff. Implementing an integrated, systems-oriented approach to green project design, development and operations can yield synergies and improve the overall performance of a building. Initial LEED assessment will bring the project team together to evaluate and articulate the project’s goals and the certification level sought.

Spencer Chapel – William Penn University

K/O Condition Survey of Spencer Chapel – William Penn University

From the Report by K/O

“The chapel is structurally in good condition; with some exterior masonry and most if not all of the exterior wood trim in need of a complete restoration. Given its history at William Penn University and the age of the structure, the building is an excellent candidate for restoration.

Therefore, the emphasis on the restoration process should be placed on compliance with current building codes with respect to life safety and accessibility. Concurrently an effort should be made to remediate the deficiencies in the exterior envelope to prevent future deterioration of the structure.

Finally to utilize the building to its full potential, the reconfiguration of the interior to meet current needs and life safety code standards must be completed, the electrical and plumbing systems should be upgraded, a modern climate control system (HVAC) inserted, and sprinkler system should be added. However, the feasibility of a restoration which encompasses all items contained in this report will have to be determined by a cost / benefit analysis.

In conclusion, the building is structurally sound and a viable candidate for restoration… The extent to which the building is restored will have a significant impact on its future life and use.”