Schuff Steel Shows Its Stuff: An Inside Look at the Roof of Sacramento’s New Arena

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Schuff Steel is ready to show their stuff. The Stockton-based company is building the roof for downtown Sacramento's Golden 1 Center, the future home of the Sacramento Kings.

Sparks flew as a fitter worked on a box truss.

“We’ve got quite a few Kings fans here in the plant, so they’ve taken a lot of pride in putting this together, and to making it work, and they’ve done really well at it,” Eddie Jones, a plant manager with Schuff Steel said.

“Believe it or not, this is the first box truss that we’ve built out of this facility, and we’ve been here for about six years,” Jones said.

Schuff Steel has built trusses for other facilities including the stadiums for the San Jose Earthquakes and the Arizona Cardinals.

“We did do some smaller ones that were only about, I would say, about 45,000 pounds, where these are obviously 100,000 pounds,” he said.

The plant manager said this is the first time they've built a roof this large.

The first panel of three has already made its way to Sacramento.

“They’re moving quickly. If you’ve seen the site and know what’s happening … they’re moving very fast."

Schuff Steel added they'll start moving out the box truss sometime next week. The 50 mile drive will take three days.

Highway 99 has certain restrictions against moving something so large -- so traffic advisories are in the works.

The piece will also make a pit stop in Linden so it can be painted before heading to its new home.

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