Construction is moving along on two new state-of-the-art multi-use pavilions at Alliant Energy Center in Madison. Demolition and recycling of the old barns began April 14. The $24 million construction project is to be completed in time for World Dairy Expo, Sept. 30 – Oct. 4.
"I'm very impressed with the progress in the past two months. The change in the landscape has been absolutely remarkable," says Scott Bentley, general manager of World Dairy Expo.
The New Holland Pavilions will span 290,000 square feet, and will be equipped with modular stalling systems, modern ventilation and livestock exhibitor amenities. The first pavilion will be two stories and will be 90,000 square feet. It will be heated and can be used year-round. It will feature the New Holland product display area. The second pavilion will be 200,000 square feet, will not be heated and can be used eight months of the year.
"We've never had any doubts that the county and the contractor were going to bring this project in on time," Bentley says. "All of their progress has reinforced our confidence"
Bentley says at peak times, there has been up to 100 construction workers working on site.
"It certainly is well staffed and run by very competent project managers," he says.
The building project is being paid for through a combination of public and private partners. Dane County, the State of Wisconsin, World Dairy Expo, Midwest Horse Fair/Wisconsin Horse Council, Centerplate, New Holland and BouMatic joined together to contribute to the construction project.
Last year, World Dairy Expo and the Midwest Horse Fair signed new multi-year contracts. World Dairy Expo's contract will keep them at the Alliant Energy Center for 10 years with a five-year option. The Midwest Horse Fair's contract is for 20 years.
The new pavilions can comfortably house 2,500 dairy cattle with capacity up to 3,500 dairy cattle.
"We are thrilled and very excited about the construction," Bentley says. "We are looking forward to 2014 Expo in the new pavilions."
Follow construction of the New Holland Pavilions at Alliant Energy Center online.