Project Name: Iowa State Fairgrounds / Ruan Plaza
Applications: Overflow, vendor parking and green space
City: Des Moines
Install Date: Summer 2014, Phase I. Winter 2015-16, Phase II.
Client: Iowa State Fair
Install Size: Phase I: 4,000 sq meters (44,000 sq ft); Phase II: 1,960 sq meters (18,200 sq ft); Phase III (2016): TBD.
Address: 3000 E Grand Ave, Des Moines, IA
Designer: Kirkham Michael
Contractor: Country Landscapes, Inc., Ames, IA
Directions: I-235 to East University Ave. Go East to E 30th and turn South. Turn left onto E Grand Ave. Directly East of the Varied Industries Building.
Photography: Country Landscapes, Inc.
Summary: Kirkham Michael Consulting Engineers were hired by the Iowa State Fair to solve a parking problem: not enough. Instead of making a sea of hot asphalt or concrete parking – in August, in the middle of Iowa – Kirkham Michael presented Grasspave2, a cooler and greener alternative. The Ruan Plaza transformed into a lush, green space that doubles as a parking lot for vendors during the fair.