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October 26, 2012

Architect to share ideas for county fairground renovation

Woodward, Okla. — Woodward County Commissioners are slated to receive a report Monday concerning the architectural plans for improvements to the county fairgrounds.

The Norman-based Architects in Partnership (AIP) is the architecture firm responsible for designing the proposed fairgrounds renovation.

"In general terms, we will be providing the commissioners with an update on the progress we've made over the past month as we have continued to meet with the project committee," said Heath Hans, principal architect with AIP.

Hans said that in meeting with the Fairgrounds Improvement Authority that was established to oversee the project, AIP has developed "a solution that we feel we can move forward with."

This solution is a proposed 75,000 square foot "multi-purpose arena," which AIP plans to share design ideas for during Monday's commission meeting, he said.

"We will show commissioners a concept of the new facility, a proposed site plan, floor plans as well as a rendered elevation," Hans said.

AIP representatives will also share how the proposed facility will be a "good long-term project" that should serve the community for "a good 50 to 70 years."

"We felt it was very important to not only make sure that we address the current needs, but also give the community the opportunity to take what we provide now and take it way into the future.  Because we know it's not everyday that smaller communities get to do a project like this and so when you do, you have to build it to last," Hans said.

After presenting plans to the county commissioners on Monday morning, Hans said AIP will then present the plans to the County Fair Board as well during a meeting Monday evening.  If and when AIP "gets the blessing" from both organizations, Hans said AIP and its financial experts will start drawing up the proposal to present to voters to approve seeking financing for the project.

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