Suzanne Roberts Theatre

The Philadelphia Theatre Company's Suzanne Roberts Theatre

Completed in 2007, the new theater for Philadelphia's Avenue of the Arts was designed by Kieran Timberlake and named for Suzanne Roberts, former actress, playright, and director. Zahner was brought on to do the dynamic shape and curves of the curvilinear signage on the front facade of the theater. The complex curvature designed by Kieran Timberlake was accomplished by using the ZEPPS® Technology — Zahner's patented system for building complex curving sculptural forms.

What differentiates this from other projects is the collaborative design process that occured between the architect and Zahner. We call this the Design Assist Phase, where a back and forth design atelier occurs to refine the project long before a mockup is even produced. Often, an architect will approach Zahner with pre-drawn standard parts and stick-building processes, and the reality is that applying a traditional approach to building complex forms will drive the cost up and result in a finished product that is lower than the client's expectations. What Zahner does is take the architects vision and apply our engineered systems and custom solutions to make the project soar far beyond the expectations of the client.

This was the case for The Suzanne Roberts Theatre.

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