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County Materials Complex truss-signing ceremony in pictures

Photo caption: Dan Market, center, of Market & Johnson enjoyed the truss-signing ceremony with John and Carolyn Sonnentag at the County Materials Complex on May 26.

Philanthropists John and Carolyn Sonnentag were joined by the leaders of the Eau Claire Community Complex, UW-Eau Claire, Blugold Real Estate, Pablo Foundation, Mayo Clinic Health System and the city of Eau Claire on May 26 for a truss-signing ceremony at the County Materials Complex. The massive trusses that weigh 50,000 pounds each are being installed to support the roof of the Sonnentag Event Center.

Enjoy some of the visual highlights captured by campus photographer Bill Hoepner.  

Sonnentag County Materials Complex

Kimera Way, CEO of the UW-Eau Claire Foundation, explains how the 200-foot trusses will be installed on the Sonnentag Event Center.


The trusses for the Sonnentag Event Center weigh 50,000 pounds each.

Carolyn and John Sonnentag

Carolyn and John Sonnentag met at UW-Eau Claire more than 50 years ago. They signed their names on a truss near a heart drawn by one of the architects .

Terry Weld Sonnentag

Former Eau Claire City Council president Terry Weld was among the community leaders invited to sign the trusses as a thank you for their roles in the County Materials Complex project.


UW-Eau Claire Foundation board of directors member William "Chops" Hancock enjoyed the view from the massive crane that would hoist the trusses into place.


Dan Market gave a tour of the construction site at the County Materials Complex to John and Carolyn Sonnetag and Chancellor James Schmidt.


Dr. Richard Helmers, regional vice president of Mayo Clinic Health System in Northwest Wisconsin, discusses construction of the Mayo Clinic Health System Diagnostic Imaging and Sports Medicine Clinic that will begin this summer.


The John and Carolyn Sonnentag Fieldhouse is a significant addition to Blugold athletics facilities that will be a "game-changer" for the university, Chancellor James Schmidt says.