UNMC Tower

Tower at University of Nebraska Medical Center

Designed by lead architect Richard Kress at James Carpenter Design Associates, this project is an immense tower surfaced in 16ga. titanium coated stainless steel. Standing at 120 feet, the art feature was paid for by private donation led by Ruth and Bill Scott of Omaha, Nebraska.

The design features hundreds of triangular perforated titanium-coated stainless steel panels attached to an open structure. The perforations effectively create a visually lightweight aesthetic, which the architects describe as an attempt to reflect the artistic nature of Nebraska.

The tower also provides a beacon for students, serving as both a navigational tool and an artistic centerpiece. Zahner provided the ti-coated stainless steel panels, perforated and prepped for installation onto the architect's engineered frame. These panels were engineered and produced at Zahner at the Kansas City plant.

Photo © Richard Kress, JCDAINC.

Photos © Richard Kress, JCDAINC.

UNMC Tower during construction and installation.

Photo courtesy James Carpenter Design Associates.

Photo courtesy James Carpenter Design Associates.

Photo courtesy James Carpenter Design Associates.

Photo courtesy James Carpenter Design Associates.

Photo © Richard Kress, JCDAINC.

The project was built in the course of a year, and completed in 2010. This is the second project that Zahner has completed for the architects and artists at James Carpenter Design Associates, the first being the Silver Towers Courtyard in New York City. The designers at James Carpenter provide a unique outlook on the play of light on surfaces, an effect which is best perceived in person. Visit the UNMC Tower in Google maps.

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