Herwig Baumgartner characterizes Bill Zahner and his company as a force pushing fabrication and assembly to new heights.
Zahner briefly outlines his 121-year-old company’s work in engineering, fabrication and installation for architecture and art. They work in a variety of materials, but mostly metals – steel, aluminum, zinc, copper and bronze – in a variety of finishes, patinas, oxidations and platings.
They devise custom treatments for projects, employing different cutting machines – water-jet, milling, fiber laser, laser – for different effects.
Zahner discusses his work on several projects, including …
•Mark Fornes, The Chrysalis amphitheater, Columbia, Maryland (2017)
•Jan Hendrix, Patio de las Jacarandas, Aguascalientes (2015)
•Gensler, Relief sculpture for the Hyatt Regency Houston (2015)
•Ricardo Regazzoni and Legoreta + Legorreta, School of Foreign Services, Doha, Qatar (2012)
•Larry Kirkland & SmithGroup, entrance for the Museum of the Bible, Washington, D.C. (2017)
•Zaha Hadid, Broad Art Museum, Lansing, Michigan (2012)
•Frank O. Gehry, Weatherhead School, Cleveland, Ohio (2002)
•Randall Stout, Hunter Museum of American Art, Chattanooga, Tennessee (2005)
•Elkus Manfredi, Niemen Marcus, Natick, Massachusetts (2007)
•Daniel Libeskind, 18.36.54 house, New Milford, Connecticut (2010)
•SANAA, Grace Farms, New Canaan, Connecticut (2015)
•Kohn Pederson Fox, Peterson Automotive Museum, Los Angeles (2015)
•Ramona Sakiestewa and Jones & Jones, Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian, Washington, D.C. (2004)
•Restoration of a 1971 dye-anodized aluminum sculpture by Donald Judd
•Chuck Hoberman and Perkins Eastman/ABI, Simons Center for Geometry and Physics, Long Island, New York (2009)
•Thom Mayne, Gates Hall, Ithaca (2014); Emerson University, Los Angeles (2014); Bloomberg Center, Roosevelt Island (2017)
•Several recent parking garages in Miami, including collaborations with Leong Leong (2015)
•And KR Architect (2018)
•Rex Architecture and OMA, Wyly Theater, Dallas, Texas (2008)
•Jonathan Olivares, Aluminum bench (2015)