Tampa, Florida is a growing area for art, sculpture, and architecture. Zahner serves the Tampa, Florida area by providing not only custom fabrication and installation, but also a wide range of engineering and design services for a custom projects in a variety of aesthetics. Zahner has completed 1 project in Tampa, Florida, featured below.
Museum of Science and Industry
Completed in 1995, this spherical theater is the key organizing element of the entire facility. Zahner was involved in the design-engineering, fabrication, and installation of several interior and exterior elements within the complex, including the lush blue reflective dome itself. Antoine Predock, the architect who designed MOSI, began working with Zahner design engineers early in the schematic phase to develop a curvilinear system that would support the project.MOSI was the first project Zahner produced by Antoine Predock, and the first project by Zahner to include dual curvatures. This marked a turning point in the way that Zahner produces its metal surfaces. Zahner had just completed the Weisman Museum with Frank Gehry, one of the earliest projects with Gehry and Zahner. The demands on the metal surface were many, but none of compared to what the Tampa dome would require.The Museum of Science and Industry in Tampa introduced new hurdles for the performance of sheet metal on curvilinear buildings. The dome of the spherical shape of the dome would require the metal surface to curve in two directions at once, which is the definition of dual curvatures. Similar to a sheet of paper, metal sheets do not want curve in both directions.To overcome this obstacle, Zahner and Predock developed a triangulated panel system which would allow smooth dual-curving of the metal surface. This project was completed a few years before Zahner would go on to influence the Zahner-patented ZEPPS technology. This system provides both the structure and the surface. However, this project was pre-ZEPPS, and as such, the project was accomplished using a more rudimentary aluminum substructure.