Florida Parishes Agricultural Events Center
The Agricultural Event Center in Amite Louisiana is an addition to the existing Florida Parishes Arena originally designed by Holly & Smith Architects and completed in 2004. The event center allows the arena to host more formal events as well as presentations and seminars. A single sloped roof tilts up to reveal a ribbon of clerestory windows and curtain wall facing an outdoor deck/classroom and retention pond. Two cube-like forms are inserted into this northeast facade and frame the banquet hall’s view toward the pond. Within the cubes are restroom facilities as well as office and kitchen space. The space between the existing arena and the new event center serves as an outdoor pre-function area that can be used by merchants and vendors during arena events.