Project Profile:

Iowa State Fairgrounds / Ruan Plaza

Project 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.

Address

3000 E Grand Ave, Des Moines, IA

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.

Designer

Kirkham Michael

Contractor

Country Landscapes, Inc., Ames, IA

Project Gallery

Plaza installation complete. Area was sodded for use in time for the Fair.
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.
The base is prepared and ready for Hydrogrow and Grasspave2. A good "before" picture.
Completed sod installation on Grasspave2.
The Grasspave2 installation from another point of view.