GH2 designed the comprehensive Master Plan and developed the conceptual design for the Central Arkansas Fairplex at Saline County, located in Benton, Arkansas. This Fairplex will serve the local community and region as a top-notch venue for a variety of events such as horse shows, rodeos, trade shows, community club activities, conferences, concerts, educational programs, and other community activities.
The project site, covering more than 60 acres, is directly adjacent to Interstate 30 providing an excellent and highly visible main entrance into the complex. This location also allows for several commercial sites and a conference hotel supporting the many events at the Fairplex.
GH2 designed several buildings that function exceptionally well both independently and as a unit. The proposed Community/Education Center provides flexible space for both large and small gatherings including community club meetings, private family outings, educational programs, and large public gatherings. The adjacent plaza offers outdoor expansion for these gatherings or separate activities such as car shows, art festivals, etc. The proposed Main Arena is designed to be both mechanically conditioned or naturally ventilated as the concourse will open directly to the exterior by way of large overhead doors. The Main Arena seats 3,000 with the ability to expand to more than 5,500 for concerts, local high school basketball games, graduations, etc. The Main Arena also contains several offices for arena management and public administration functions. Connected to the Main Arena are two covered warm-up arenas, providing both excellent staging for main arena events and additional independent event opportunities. Connected to the warm-up arenas are three barns providing flexible stabling for more than 400 horses and livestock.
These buildings are centrally linked by a main Promenade, a portion of which will serve as the midway for the Saline County Fair. Several parking lots are located off this Promenade providing ample parking for both cars and trailers. Approximately 50 percent of the trailer parking has electric, water and sewer hook-ups, which will serve the needs of the event participants and visitors.
Location: Benton, Arkansas
Size: 60 acres
Services: Master Planning and Conceptual Design
Market: Equine, Civic & Government