Creative uses of both cast-in-place and precast concrete have played a prominent role in constructing the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Kentucky. Exterior wall material chosen for the three largest of the new buildings was concrete finished to resemble old weathered barnwood. To achieve the desired appearance of wood graining for these walls, panels measuring 8 feet high and up to 25 feet wide were precast in forms containing an elastomeric liner. The pattern, called "ordway batten barnwood," had been created to exactly simulate siding taken from an old barn at Ordway, Colorado.
The form liners were cut so that the panels were divided into 12-inch-wide "boards." Wood rustications, set between these boards, produced a reverse batten effect that, in the finished panel, created a recessed vertical shadowline between each board. Visible from a distance, the lines break up the long walls, adding scale to the panels and highlighting the individual boards.
A cast-in-place hyperbolic arch forms the backbone of a bridge at the park's entrance; a stone veneer over the concrete sidewalls carries out the traditional design theme. The bridge is topped with a stamped concrete pavement in a cobblestone pattern. Stamped concrete also was used extensively in the sidewalks throughout the park.