Johnson Consulting was retained by the Buchanan County Agricultural Expo Center Board to prepare a facility feasibility study for a proposed Agri-Business Expo Center in St. Joseph, Missouri. The vision was to create a multi-purpose venue, focused on agriculture and education that will act as a catalyst for economic growth in the local and regional economies. The Center will become an integral part of the established animal health corridor that extends from Manhattan, Kansas to Columbia, Missouri, with St. Joseph already finding its niche in the animal health industry.
The preliminary proposal included a 28,800 Expo Center, a 6,000-seat Arena, and over 600 portable stalls. Additional features of the proposal include trailer parking next to barns; RV camp sites with facilities; compost sales; nature trails; environmental studies; gasoline, diesel and convenience store; near shopping, restaurants, hotel/motels; City bus service; and green space.
Based on our assessment of the market opportunity for the proposed Expo Center, and analyses of competitive and comparable facilities, Johnson Consulting recommended that a larger Expo Center, incorporating a 50,000 square foot exhibition hall, could be supported within the proposed development.
Following on from our market and feasibility analysis, the next phase of the project involved developing building concepts, determining probable costs and a development schedule, and preparing a needs assessment and implementation plan. Together, these two phases of this study provided a solid foundation for advancing the project from an idea to a business plan that can be implemented.