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Facilities Narrative

A facilities narrative of structures and site improvements programmed into the Master Development Strategy is as follows.

Promenade & Plazas:
The Promenade is the main circulation corridor and use feature of the site. It provides a north and south axis intersected by east and west secondary axis routes connecting various use areas and facilities. The Promenade has two plazas. One occurs in the south sector connecting the old and new Agricultural Buildings and south main gate, the other in the north connecting the SunDome with the Expo Annex with the Commons area.

The Promenade is 110 feet wide and is to be constructed of color entrained concrete with a 10-foot square expansion joint pattern throughout. A series of planters, with seating in a 25’ radius semi-circle pattern are to be placed in the middle of the Promenade. The planters are to be capped on their facing edge with preformed concrete seating set at about 15 inches high.

New Agricultural Building:
A replica of the original Agriculture Building is to be constructed. The new Agriculture Building shall be of the same shape dimensions and architectural style but shall be constructed of modern structural and surface materials and include HVAC and utility systems. The mezzanine floor in the leg of the ‘T’ shaped building shall be dedicated to offices, a conference room and small meeting space with a lounge, kitchen and private men’s and women’s restrooms.

Farm to Market/Merchandising Shops Complex:
At the south main gate, on both sides of the Promenade, two high pitched metal roofed post and beam structures will form the Market Buildings. The roof includes cupolas for venting. The structure is design with partial open sides that may be secured with classic sliding “barn doors”. The structures are to accommodate portable and semi-permanent booths and concession stands typical to a Food and Merchandise Bazaar. The space allocation for the footprint of the structures is 25,254 sf. each. Space around the structures is to be finished in a paving surface that will support vehicles and set–up requirements for outdoor vendors.

On the edge but within the interior of each structure there is to be one permanent concession facility with space allocated for seating in a street or outdoor food service area with umbrella tables and chairs on surface areas outside the structure facing the plaza. Utilities for food preparation, waste water, concession booths, general lighting and display lighting are to be installed.

Equestrian Arena:
The Equestrian Arena is the most prominent architectural structure presented to the public on the south side of State Fair Park and is clearly visible to traffic on Nob Hill Boulevard, a main thoroughfare accessing Yakima. Thus its architectural style is critical to evoke a statement of quality to the public.

The Equestrian Arena is to be designed with a minimum show floor area of 120’ by 280’ with radius corners. The seating area will be designed to accommodate about 4,000 spectators configured in a horseshoe pattern beginning one quarter distance from the east end of the structure and continuing in a semi-circle around the west end, ending in alignment with the beginning point. The overall arena structure size or footprint will be approximately 72,000 sf.

Horse Barns & Stalls:
Currently, horses are stabled in barns A, B C and D which have a gross square footage of about 43,200 sf. The overall space demand for new horse barns and stalls is to be sufficient to accommodate up to 180 horses of all breeds. Twenty of the stalls are to be allocated to a separate Barn designated for Draft Horses. The basic configuration for the main barn is an “H” with “Box” horse stalls that are to be a combination of 12’ by 14’ and 12’ by 12’ in size.

The barn structure design may be configured for two center rows and one exterior row of stalls on each side of the barn with double entry sliding barn doors at the ends and where appropriate for circulation. Access will need to be of sufficient clearance for horse and mounted rider, trucks and tractors.   The aisle widths between the stall rows should be a minimum of 18’.   Thus a net distance of a cross section would be 12’ plus 18’ plus 24’ plus 18’ plus 12 feet or approximately 84 feet across.  The main barn/stables and Draft Horse stables will be sufficient to serve the Equestrian stabling needs of the annual fair, rodeos, horse shows and other Equestrian events.  This means that the main horse barn will require a footprint of about 60,000 sf. and the Draft Horse barn about 8,500 sf.  Other features within or contiguous to the horse barns include restrooms, office, feed storage and tack rooms, tools and equipment space, horse grooming/washing stations and straw and manure bunkers.

Livestock Pavilion:
The Livestock Pavilion is designed to be a single structure that provides exhibit and show space for Beef, Dairy, Sheep, Swine and Goats. The overall exhibit and show space required for livestock during the annual fair is currently 59,300 sf.

In order to provide adequate space for livestock exhibits during the annual fair, and exhibit space during other major events including the Agri-Fair of the Americas, a minimum enclosed structure with a footprint of 76,000 sf. should be provided. The structure should be multi-purpose, designed to facilitate alternative uses including agri-equipment shows and exhibitions, flat shows and consumer shows under a single roof. A separate 10,000 sf. “Tension Structure” (tent) will be located near the Livestock Pavilion for small animals and for alternative uses including wine shows, festivals, weddings and special events.

Events Center:
The Events Center is a structure that anchors the east end of the Commons and is fronted by a park like setting, the Promenade, generous walkways and the Water Fountain or similar feature. This building is a higher class structure that accommodates a variety of uses including high-end technology shows, industry symposiums, large banquets and entertainment events. The exterior of the structure should embrace the classic architectural character of the Agriculture Building and other structures that surround the Commons. The overall size of the Events Center is 28,000 sf. Access points, foyer and interior elements are to have a finished treatment consistent with modern pre-function and exhibition space qualities. There must be quality interior restrooms and customer service facilities for patrons and exhibitors.

Concession and Restroom Building:
A combination concession and restroom building is to be located in the area south of the Events Center and new Agricultural Building. The overall size of the structure is 4,600 sf.

Expo Annex:
The Expo Annex is positioned across the Promenade, directly east of the SunDome and is an operational appendage for programming and events production of the SunDome or separate events. The Expo Annex footprint is suggested to be 40,000 sf. The architectural style for Expo Annex is to reflect that of the SunDome and appear to be a natural extension of the SunDome facility.

Recreation Vehicle Park & Club House:
Situated on the east side of Yakima County Stadium, a full service RV Park and Club House is to be constructed. The RV spaces are to accommodate up to 70-foot units on an angled pull-through configuration. The overall land allocation for the RV Park will provide up to 54 spaces. The Club House will include office space, merchandising, washers and dryers, men's and women's restrooms with showers, a small spa and lap pool. Space for small (15 to 25 persons) gatherings, barbecues and socials will be provided in a courtyard setting.

Clock Tower:
The Clock Tower is to be an iconic feature that receives the highest quality architectural design features. It is anticipated that the Clock tower will be located near the east entrance of the Events Center and connected by a generous width walkway to the Promenade. The structure will be approximately 40’ in height and have electronic messaging for customer information of events and advertisements of products and services.

Maintenance & Warehousing:
Maintenance, warehousing, equipment storage, fuel and open storage is to be situated on the east perimeter of the site with a direct access route into the production area at the Livestock Pavilion and Events Center. The overall site for Maintenance is about 1.5 acres. The maintenance and warehouse structure is about 25,000 sf. with roll-up service doors and pedestrian doors. The interior of the structure shall be separated into office space, shops, tool and small equipment storage, products warehousing, dry storage, restrooms, lockers and showers, and janitorial, utility and storage space. The Dome Storage building will be relocated and placed in the Maintenance area to expand storage capacity. A fuel station shall be installed on the south side of the maintenance structure.

Main Entry Gates:
Architecturally themed main gates at the north, south, and east and west perimeters of the production area will be constructed. The North and South Main gates are to be larger and exceptionally well designed to make a statement of entry that is inviting and iconic in nature. The gate system shall include ticketing, security, operations and entry/exit features that will enhance customer relations and ease of access. At the exterior of the North and South Main Gates, there will be seating, landscaping and signage as part of a drop-off and pick-up area. Flags, lighting, signage, space for vendors and an information kiosk will be provided as part of the interior design leading to the plazas and main Promenade.

Parking Access Gates:
Themed gates, designed to reflect the architectural and iconic design of the main gates, yet skeletal in structural character, shall be constructed at vehicle entry points leading to parking areas.

First Aid, Security & Lost and Found:
The Shattuck building has been identified as a structure suitable for renovation and expansion to support the functional requirements that serve humanitarian needs during major events.

Electronic Sign:
An architecturally themed electronic sign with stationary features including the State Fair Park logo is to be constructed at the south west corner of the property at the intersection of Nob Hill and Fair Avenue.

Facilities Renovation:
There are four (4) existing structures on the site that require extensive renovation and repair. They include:
  • Agriculture Building
  • State of Washington Building
  • Modern Living Building
  • Pioneer Hall Building
  • SunDome State Room

As part of the capital funding available through bonds issued on the basis of dedicated revenue from hotel and motel taxes, the Modern Living building will be renovated as well as some work on the Agriculture Building roof, Pioneer Hall exterior and SunDome State Room interior. Additional renovation will be needed for the Agriculture, State of Washington and Pioneer Hall buildings. A survey of structural repairs, roofing, finish work, glazing, mechanical and electrical systems has been completed and will become the basis of a determination of scope of work, associated costs, and implementation scheduling.

Demolition, Relocation & Redevelopment:
There are a few concession structures that will be demolished and will require redevelopment, relocation or constructed in a new location. They include:
  • Fire House Cookies
  • Riverside Christian
  • Lamb Burgers
  • Young Life Picnic Shelter
  • Cantina Building
  • Dairy Gold Concession

The food preparation structure (barbecue) of the Young Life Concession will be relocated from its present location and incorporated into the design of the plaza and Promenade. The structure will be improved to ensure preservation of its historic features and to enhance food preparation and service capacity. The service requirements of the remaining concessions will be relocated and built-in to new structures including the Equestrian Arena, the Market Place structures, Events Center and/or as portable units on the Promenade. Please review the Development Sequence document for detail information regarding demolition and relocation activity.

As specific projects progress to design and construction stages, it is essential to consider and extensive and lush landscaping program that includes turf, trees, shrubbery and annual flower beds. Fencing at the perimeters of the property should be designed to be embedded in shrubbery and tree lines. Fencing for the production area should be designed to be attractive and complimentary to the customer as well as to protect production areas from unlawful intrusion. Main gates should include substantial architectural designed bollards to protect from intrusion from extremist factions and anarchists.
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