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Progress Report: WestWorld Master Plan Update

Progress Report -


WestWorld Phase 1 improvements complete!

WestWorld was a great facility before; but the improvements completed Summer 2005 has made it even better. 

  • Arenas 3 and 5A are covered with a "Cover All" tent structure that provides protection from the desert sun and driving rain, allowing these arenas to be usable year-round. The area surrounding both of these arenas has been improved with new drainage systems to handle major storm events.
  • Wendell Arena's flooding problems have been largely addressed with a new drainage system that has been installed along with new footing.
  • The north road re-alignment is complete as is the paving of the main road between 94th Street and McDowell Mountain Road.
  • The area west of the Equidome has been raised, graded and paved for use with parking and the site of the future Multi-Use Building.
  • The Polo Field East has new asphalt strips that are wider than in the past, to make it easier to accommodate the many special events held in this area. The irrigation to the Polo Field has also been improved and altered to conform to the asphalt strips and make it easier to irrigate the grass.
  • All but one of our RV lots has been realigned and new pedestals installed for our guests. The new alignment improves the layout of temporary barns utilized during our large horse shows.
  • And last but not least, WestWorld has purchased an 119,700 square foot clear span tent structure that will house many of our consumer shows and other special events. It is 80 feet to the lowest beam and will give our event promoters the much-needed space in which to produce their events. It is the largest clear span tent structure in North America!

We are looking forward to more improvements in the near future that include the building of the 200,000+ sq. ft. Multi-Use building. Stay tuned!


Progress Report - April 2005

On April 5, 2005, the Scottsdale City Council unanimously approved $4,120,000 for the design and construction of site improvements to WestWorld, with all improvements scheduled to be completed by October 2005.

Phase 1: This phase will focus on improving drainage, improving the footing and covering two outdoor arenas, and grading and site work related to roadway and parking areas.

  • Cover Arenas 3 & 5A with a tent structure.
  • Improve Wendell footing and drainage.
  • Make site drainage improvements in the vicinity of Arenas 3 & 4 and the Wendell Arena.
  • Change north road alignment.
  • Repave from 94th Street to McDowell Mountain Ranch Road
  • Grade and pave area to be used for parking and for the site of the future Multi Use Building.
  • Make further Polo Field drainage improvements: additional paving with drainage, crown the turf areas, and make alterations to irrigation system.
  • Redesign and install new RV pedestals.

Target date for completion of Phase 1 is September 2005.


Progress Report - January 2005

On December 14, 2004, the Scottsdale City Council awarded a CM@Risk Contract for Pre-Construction Services for the Multi-Purpose Exhibit Hall building to Hunt Construction Group in the amount of $225,252. Hunt Construction will be responsible for preparing cost estimates, value engineering, constructability reviews, identification of long lead items, scheduling, sub-bidding, Guaranteed Maximum Pricing (GMP), and other presconstruction services.


Progress Report - October 2004

On September 7, 2004, the Scottsdale City Council approved the awarding of the contract for the WestWorld Exhibit Hall Architectural Design Services to gh2 Gralla Architects in partnership with URS, TVS (Exhibit Hall Designers), Walter P. Moore (Structural Engineers,) and CEI (Mechanical Engineers and Green Building experts).

The tentative schedule for the design, Community and User Group outreach, construction blue prints and documents, Planning Commission and Design Review Board approvals etc., is to take place during the next 12 - 14 months. Construction of the Exhibit Hall is expected to begin as early as Fall of 2005, with a completion target date in 2007.


Progress Report 6/23/2004

  • On June 8, 2004, the Scottsdale City Council approved funding to begin implementation of the WestWorld Master Plan Update, which the City Council adopted in 2003. Brad Gessner, WestWorld General Manager, announced that they would be soliciting bids from qualified architecture/engineering/design firms later this summer 2004 to begin implementation of this Master Plan; beginning with designing a 115,000 square foot Multi-Purpose Exhibit Hall. Other future improvements will include an amphitheatre, enlarging, enclosing, and air conditioning the 6400 seat Equidome Arena, covering other existing arenas, and building 14 new barns.

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  • On June 4, 2004, the Bureau of Reclamation issued a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI), in regard to the Environmental Impact Study done for WestWorld, City of Scottsdale. This approval states that 'Based upon the draft Environmental Assessment, input received during the public review and comment period for the draft EA . . . Reclamation has determined that approval of the WestWorld Master Plan Update, and subsequent implementation of the Master Plan improvements by Scottsdale, will not significantly impact the environment.' This allows WestWorld to begin implementing the updated Master Plan. The first stage in this Master Plan is to design and build a 115,000 square foot Multi-Use Exhibit Hall.
  • An Environmental Assessment was completed in Spring 2004 to identify potential effects of the proposed Master Plan on the natural and human environment.

WestWorld Master Plan Update Progress Report - 3/6/03

  • The Master Plan Update was unanimously approved by the City Council on March 4, 2003.
  • As of late February 2003, our planning and design team had updated the design guidelines to reflect design details that foster the continuing western theme and programming of the site. They had also completed the market analysis and economic survey to support the final plan. The completed plan and supporting documentation were delivered to the Scottsdale City Council for their review and approval.
  • On February 20, 2003, WestWorld Management met with the representatives of the Bureau of Reclamation and the NEPA representatives to begin the NEPA study.
  • On February 14, 2003, the Planning Commission voted unanimously to recommend approval of the Master Plan.
  • On January 21, 2003, the City Council agreed on the use of the Basin Management Funds ($53,000) for the NEPA study.
  • At the November meeting, the planning and design team reviewed the recommended Capital Improvements.
  • Conceptual architectural elevations were also shown at the September meeting and were well received by the public and subsequent briefing sessions with senior staff. The western motif is paramount to visual success and themes at WestWorld.
  • Our fourth public meeting was held in September. Our planning and design team presented conceptual site master plans that had been adjusted several times with one on one user group input. During this same time frame, the Oversight Committee, the City Working Group Committee (Department Heads and Key Staffers), Mayor and City Manager were in the briefing loop for additional input.
  • Our third public meeting held in July was to discuss and review the market survey and economic analysis to date, more opportunities and constraints, and the site planning process. The market survey and economic analysis took up the entire allotted time, as the audience was very interested in the WestWorld potential.
  • During June and July, our planning and design team moved forward with the conceptual site programming and site design. At this same time, the market survey and economic analysis, which is a companion document to this master plan update, was moving forward to guide the eventual final plan that will be proposed.
  • During the second meeting, the potential of having a companion study completed “clearing” the site of potential environmental public concerns was also discussed. This is the NEPA process (National Environmental Policy Act), which is required by the Bureau of Reclamation. This environmental assessment is scheduled to be complete in September 2003.
  • All user group’s information was “wall mapped” for the second public meeting, while discussing opportunities and constraints for the site within the limitations of the Bureau of Reclamation agreement with the City.
  • Our Planning and Design Team has interviewed all of the major user groups that presently hold events at WestWorld. This was suggested to understand how each group uses the facility and to solicit input for improvements. They looked for commonality of uses, circulation, and service in the reorganization of the plan, layout of facilities, and proposal for new facilities outlined and requested by the Business Plan.