Must Have Elements for a Successful Fairground Master Plan RFP or RFQ

As Fairground Facility Architects and Fairground Planners and Designers, we at K/O (KO or Keffer/Overton) know firsthand that master plans are a crucial part of the success of any organization. They provide direction and vision, and they help keep everyone on track with their goals...

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7 Reasons for Architects to Preserve Historic Buildings

K/O Architects has a rich history, one that stretches back hundreds of years. Even though we're in Des Moines - through that time, we have had a hand in creating many great structures throughout Iowa and around the Country. This accomplished past has made us...

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Pros and Cons of Dirt Flooring in Arena Architecture

There’s nothing better than attending a great concert. You can hang out with your friends and sing along to your favorite songs. However, there’s one element lurking below you that you might not be thinking of – the flooring. Depending on the venue you might...

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First Impressions – IAFE San Antonio

Wow!  What a great trip to San Antonio for K/O Fairground Planners at the 2018 IAFE Conference!  It was an excellent few days of visiting with current, former and future fairground visionaries and discussing their fairground’s future plans.  Master planning seems to be on the...

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Way Out West

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...

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I Love NY – The New York State Fair Expo Building

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...

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Big Plans at The Ranch

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...

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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...

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In a New York “Fairground” State of Mind…

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...

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The Difference is Night and Day!

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...

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