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Local concrete firm scores contract for Sacramento Kings arena panels

Demolition work continues on the Downtown Plaza to make way for the new sports arena in Sacramento in September.
Demolition work continues on the Downtown Plaza to make way for the new sports arena in Sacramento in September. rbenton@sacbee.com

West Sacramento-based Clark Pacific has won the contract to build 700 pre-cast concrete panels for the upper and lower seating bowls of the new Sacramento Kings downtown sports and entertainment arena, company officials said Monday.

The panels – or flooring – for the arena’s seats will be built in the company’s Woodland plant beginning in January and are scheduled to be trucked to the arena site for installation in mid-April. The contract cost was not disclosed.

Clark Pacific previously built the concrete panels for the San Francisco 49ers’ new Levi’s Stadium, which opened in Santa Clara this year. Company officials said they are pleased to have won the hometown contract for Sacramento’s facility.

“We have a lot of Kings fans in the company,” said Thomas Ketron, Clark Pacific director of marketing. “It was one thing to do Levi’s. It’s another to be part of an important project in our own backyard ... a project that is going to help us locally get out of the (economic) doldrums we’ve been in.”

The panels will be 30 feet to 38 feet long and weigh up to 23,000 pounds. Each panel will support two rows of seats. The panels will be bolted to steel supports. The company also will build the arena’s stairs and luxury boxes. Prefabrication allows for a more efficient job site and reduces the need for concrete mixing trucks downtown, company officials said.

The arena is projected to cost $477 million and hold 17,500 spectators.

The project, which is overseen by Turner Construction, got underway again Monday after being temporarily shut down last Thursday when heavy rains hit. The project remains on schedule, Kings officials said, and the arena is set to open in fall 2016.

Call The Bee’s Tony Bizjak, (916) 321-1059.

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