Iowa State Fairgrounds / Ruan Plaza, Des Moines, Iowa

Project Name: Iowa State Fairgrounds / Ruan Plaza

Products: Grasspave2

Applications:  Overflow, vendor parking and green space

City: Des Moines

State/Province: Iowa

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.

The base is prepared and ready for Hydrogrow and Grasspave2.

The base is prepared and ready for Hydrogrow and Grasspave2.

Grasspave2 is ready for sand fill.

Grasspave2 is ready for sand fill.

Grasspave2 installed. Grasspave2 was easily cut for lamp post bases and other obstacles.

Grasspave2 installed. Grasspave2 was easily cut for lamp post bases and other obstacles.

Grasspave2 Iowa State Fair

Plaza installation complete. Area was sodded for use in time for the Fair.

Completed sod installation on Grasspave2.

Completed sod installation on Grasspave2.


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