After a long design and construction process, the new Kings stadium opened in downtown Sacramento, California on September 30. The arena seats 17,500 and will host concerts, conventions, and sporting events. One of the most unique aspects of this $507 million dollar project? The Schweiss glass doors that are featured at the stadium’s entrance.
Schweiss Doors is an industry leader in hydraulic and bifold doors and is best known for its strong, safe, custom-made doors that seal against harsh weather.
Three motors, each held in the ceiling with 50 amp electrical power, are responsible for raising the doors quickly and safely and can even be controlled by an iPhone app. They require roughly 3 minutes to open entirely.
A Prestigious Challenge
Principal architect Rob Rothblatt sought after Schweiss Doors after consulting with several door companies. After he laid his requests on the table, everyone backed out except for Schweiss, who didn’t hesitate to the challenge of creating doors that had never made before: two that are angled and three that are straight, none that are the same length, and all canted rather than battered. Not only were they excited at the prospect, but they also didn’t require the exorbitant upfront fees other companies were demanding.
Installing the doors took several months, and—as they also function as windows—required additional months of testing before installing the glass. Furthermore, as this is the first LEED Platinum Arena in the whole world, no other arena has ever had doors this prestigious before. Rothblatt also requested lights that could shine down onto the plaza, and when the doors shut the lighting is all but perfect.
Creating an Atmosphere
The doors have become the central part of the architectural design, merging indoor and outdoor life while allowing self-ventilation into the arena. The showstopping doors provide for a unique experience for concert goers and other visitors at the arena.
Before a game could be played with the doors open, the team had several talks with the NBA about the conditions that needed to be met. However, there weren’t many concerns; the doors create a natural ventilation system that helps control air flow and temperature to simulate an indoor arena. With the ability for natural air to flow, creating a cooling system, this arena has also quickly become the greenest arena in the world.