Fifth Third Pavilion

5/3 Pavilion

Project: Fifth Third Pavilion, Lexington, Ky.

Firm: Kinzelman Kline Gossman

Product: Four 10-ft. diameter Isis® fans, one 16-ft. diameter Element® fan

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“People love the fans, I mean love them. They walk in and go ‘WOW!’ Plus, having the fans going is a way to keep pigeons and other pests out of the pavilion—we hadn’t even thought about that. They’re really a huge hit.”

Harold Tate, President
Lexington Downtown Development Authority

Project Summary

An underutilized plot of land in downtown Lexington, Ky., has been brought to life through a little innovative planning. Juxtaposing old and new, a remarkable open air pavilion houses multiple concerts, weddings, festivals and the ever-popular Saturday morning farmer’s market per year. The architecture of the pavilion is reminiscent of historic markets familiar to Lexington in the early nineteenth century, yet with a more contemporary twist. According to lead architect, Clete Benken, from Kinzelman Kline Gossman Architects, the building’s height was carefully calculated to avoid competing with the historic facades surrounding the park.

A colonnade of steel posts and simple brackets define the framework of the pavilion. Tubular purlins attach the steel trusses to the roof, where a raised clerestory provides natural ventilation. Galvanized steel reinforces the simplicity of the contemporary form, ands permeable clay pavers mark the path of the original carriage way.

The market pavilion, along with the adjoining landscape, demonstrates the city’s commitment to providing residents a vibrant and viable lifestyle.

Sustainability measures include the use of polycarbonate sandwich panels in the roof monitor and soft LED lights that kick on at sundown. As night falls, hidden LED strip fixtures cast a soft, even light on the underside of the wood roof deck inside, providing a “lantern-like” glow when viewed from the outside. Form and function come together with five commercial-grade large diameter, low speed ceiling fans from the Big Ass Fan Company. The fans’ silent, comforting breezes are especially welcome during hot summers when concerts and art festivals are non-stop.

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