Bennett Event Center - OK State Fair Park

General Contractor: 
Atlas Construction
Architect: 
FSB
Flooring Features: 
Ceramic: Horizon Caesar Chocolate Matte. Walls: Flor Gres Cinnamon Natural.

The recently completed $58.7 million Bennett Event Center (Expo hall) is the cornerstone of MAPS 3 Oklahoma State Fairgrounds Improvement projects.  Now the largest event space in Oklahoma City, it offers 290,000 sq. ft. to State Fair Park clients. It is expected to bring additional national and international shows to Oklahoma with its capacity for expanded and enhanced events! 

The new building, located on the former site of the Travel and Transportation Building, includes a 201,000 sq. ft. main hall, a kitchen and commissary, a large glass enclosed entry lobby, and extensive storage, loading, and support spaces around the main hall. The design includes a large hangar door to allow for the installation of very large exhibits and equipment. With the completion of this project, the City of Oklahoma City will have recently invested more than $150 million in fairgrounds improvements.

Another important feature of the Expo Center is its eight bathrooms, four on each side of the main hall.  We were fortunate to have the privilege of installing all of the ceramic tile for this project.  While the new bathrooms are not as glamorous as some of the corporate and other leisure and entertainment venues we have installed, they are exceptionally functional, utilitarian and efficient, which is necessary for a fair grounds facility that handles more than 2 million consumers each year!

One of the things we like best about the work we do is that we get to be involved in so many new, exciting additions to our city. Glad to be a part of the Oklahoma State Fair construction team! 

 

Photographer: 
Robert Trawick