KAUFFMAN CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS
The Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts is a project designed by Safdie Architects located in Kansas City. Zahner provided the stainless steel and substructure, which wraps the entirety of the facade and roof. This included the engineering, fabrication, and installation. Zahner also provided interior metalwork in key areas such as staircases and other architectural detailing on the building’s interior.
Zahner worked closely with the design team to develop the surface systems. The entire roof and metal wall-surface is clad in GB-60 stainless steel. Zahner developed this product to provide a muted reflectivity and resilience to the elements.
The internationally recognized design team assembled includes Moshe Safdie & Associates, BNIM Architects, JeDunn Construction, Theatre Projects Consultants, and Nagata Acoustics. Their design incorporates the very latest in architectural innovation and technology to create virtually perfect acoustics and optimal sightlines in both performance halls.
The performance center was completed in 2003, designed by Frank Gehry Partners. Zahner has been involved with Gehry's firm since the beginning, and has been involved in a number of featured Gehry projects over the years. The Bard College was finished a year after Weatherhead at Case Western, and a year prior to the Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park, Chicago. All three were built using Zahner engineering-design, fabrication, and installation.
The design provides a 285,000-square-foot hall with two performance venues: the 1,800-seat Muriel Kauffman Theatre and the 1,600-seat Helzberg Hall. The first stainless steel panels were installed at the Kauffman Center the week of August 2nd, 2010, and the project was inaugurated September 16th 2011.