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Zahner or A. Zahner Company is an architectural metal & glass company located in Kansas City, Missouri.

IndustryArchitecture, Art, Metal, Glass
Founded1897, 125 years ago.
Key people
L. William Zahner, President.
Number of employees
200 (12-31-2009)

History and Company InformationEdit

Zahner Headquarters in Kansas City.

Zahner was founded in 1897 by Andrew Zahner as Eagle Cornice Works, serving the region with decorative cornice works and repair. In 1913, the company became A. Zahner Sheet Metal Company, and over the course of the century would produce metal-work from industrial kitchen tables to metal work on buildings. In 1989, Andrew Zahner's great-grandson, L. William Zahner III became company president, and is credited with transforming the company from a regional sheet-metal contractor into a national architectural metals and facades producer. He also guided the company towards producing works by artists as well as architects.[1]

During the past thirty years, the company produced the exteriors for notable structures including the de Young Museum in San Francisco, California, the Experience Music Project in Seattle, Washington, and is producing the upcoming National September 11 Memorial & Museum in New York City.[2] The firm is involved in the development of architectural metal systems as well as patinas and other surface treatments on metal.

Zahner holds five patents which pertain to the Architectural Metals industry[3][4][5][6][7] Zahner President and CEO L. William Zahner serves as the Industry Liaison for the National Architectural Committee of SMACNA, and in 2006, was awarded the Copper Medal, Associazone Italiana di Metallurgia (AIM).[8]

On January 21, 2011, companies Zahner and KME announced a joint venture, Zahner-KME. The venture will offer engineering and building services to architects in the European Market.[9]

Notable Architectural ProjectsEdit

De Young Museum in San Francisco, designed by Herzog & de Meuron.
Detail of 41 Cooper Square designed by Morphosis.

Notable Art and Design ProjectsEdit

Further readingEdit

  • LeCuyer, Annette W. (March 31, 1999). Steel and Beyond. Birkhäuser Architecture. p. 144. ISBN 3-7643-6494-7.
  • "Seven Outstanding Professionals Tapped for Honorary AIA" (PDF). AIArchitect. 2007-02-01. Retrieved 2010-11-30.
  • Hall, Peter (2005-10-01). "Sheet Metal Magicians" (PDF). Metropolis. Retrieved 2010-11-30.
  • Kalay, Yehuda E.; William J. Mitchell (May 1, 2004). Architecture's New Media: Principles, Theories, and Methods of Computer-Aided Design. MIT Press. p. 556. ISBN 0-262-11284-1.
  • Kjeldsen, Kjeld (May 1, 2004). Frank O. Gehry: Arkitekturens Vaerksteder / The Architect. MIT Press. p. 128. ISBN 87-90029-35-6.


  1. ^ "Firm Builds Reputation for Creative Work". Telegraph Herald (Dubuque). 2004-11-07. Archived from the original on 2012-11-03. Retrieved 2010-04-06.
  2. ^ "Sheet-Metal Magicians". Metropolis. Retrieved 2010-11-12.
  3. ^ "U.S. Patent 5,272,849 - Roof covering system".
  4. ^ "U.S. Patent 5,394,666 - Inverted seam roof covering system".
  5. ^ "U.S. Patent 7,210,273 - Panel attachment system".
  6. ^ "U.S. Patent 7,434,366 - I-beam with curved flanges".
  7. ^ "U.S. Patent 7,212,688 - Computer program and method for converting an image to machine control data".
  8. ^ "Zahner :: Awards and Recognition". Zahner. Retrieved 2010-04-06.
  9. ^ "Zahner-KME". KME. Retrieved 2011-01-25.
  10. ^ Marlene Birkman & Carole Jerome (July 16, 2010). Gyo Obata: Architect Clients Reflections. Images Publishing. p. 240. ISBN 978-1-86470-379-5.
  11. ^ Sharoff, Robert (2004). Better than Perfect: The Making of Chicago's Millennium Park. Walsh Construction Company.
  12. ^ Alejandro Bahamón; Patricia Pérez; Alex Campello (April 17, 2008). Inspired by nature: plants : the building/botany connection. W. W. Norton & Company. p. 111. ISBN 978-0-393-73251-1.
  13. ^ Killory, Christine; René Davids (November 29, 2007). Detail in Process. Princeton Architectural Press. p. 208. ISBN 978-1-56898-718-7.
  14. ^ Studio Daniel Libeskind. "Contemporary Jewish Museum". Retrieved 2008-07-28.
  15. ^ Jerry LaMartina (February 2011). "Architectural Metal Firm Forges Expansion". Commercial Journal. 7 (2): 22–25. 39536.
  16. ^ Scott, Deborah Emont (1999). Modern Sculpture at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art: An Anniversary Celebration. Kansas City: Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. p. 54. ISBN 0-942614-31-3.
  17. ^ Coates, Nigel (December 28, 2004). Collidoscope: New Interior Design. Collins Design. p. 204. ISBN 1-85669-388-0.
  18. ^ Blue Spruce, Duane (April 1, 2005). Spirit of a Native Place. National Geographic. p. 26. ISBN 0-7922-8214-0.
  19. ^ Zavis, Alexandra "LAPD memorial for fallen officers finds its way home", Los Angeles Times, September 23, 2009, accessed December 1, 2010.

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