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Industry Architecture, Art, Metal, Glass
Founded 1897, 118 years ago.
Headquarters Kansas City, United States
Key people
L. William Zahner, President.
Number of employees
200 (12-31-2009)

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

History and Company Information[edit]

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 Projects[edit]

De Young Museum in San Francisco, designed by Herzog & de Meuron.
Photo of the Hunter Museum of American Art, designed by Randall Stout.
Detail of 41 Cooper Square designed by Morphosis.

In Progress

Notable Art and Design Projects[edit]

Further reading[edit]


  1. ^ "Firm Builds Reputation for Creative Work". Telegraph Herald (Dubuque). 2004-11-07. 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 and Carole Jerome (July 16, 2010). Gyo Obata: Architect Clients Reflections. Images Publishing. p. 240. ISBN 1-86470-379-2. 
  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 0-393-73251-7. 
  13. ^ Killory, Christine; René Davids (November 29, 2007). Detail in Process. Princeton Architectural Press. p. 208. ISBN 1-56898-718-8. 
  14. ^ Studio Daniel Libeskind. "Contemporary Jewish Museum". Retrieved 2008-07-28. 
  15. ^ Jerry LaMartina (February 2011). "Architectural Metal Firm Forges Expansion". Commercial Journal (formerly CJ Midwest) (MVSC Q 330.9778 C734M) 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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