The Expo Center features an arena with translucent panel clerestory and accent panels that allow natural light to fill the space. Clerestory eve heights measure 57 feet, with a ridge height of over 60 feet. The building itself has a 4 to 12 roof pitch; 140 feet of clearspan sits over the arena. Nearly 400 slide-and-glide Priefert horse stalls will be the temporary homes of visiting livestock.
The structure was designed with louvers, exhaust fans, and makeup air fans to keep air quality high. Dimmable and programmable LED lighting was added, and it fluctuates around the clock, according to the time of day. Also part of the Expo Center’s footprint is an event space on the south end. This area includes restrooms and a kitchen. A dock, located on the east side, was constructed with the end-user in mind. Skewed dock walls are designed to make cleaning the barn much easier.
The exterior is visually pleasing, as well. A combination of concrete masonry unit blocks, exterior insulation finishing, and metal panels cover the Expo Center’s outside surface; multiple canopies and accent roofs add to the aesthetic. The site features decorative concrete, planting beds, and site furnishings, including benches, shade structures, pole lights, and bollard lights.