SMU Collins Executive Center in Dallas, Texas
Designed by Gensler for Southern Methodist University, The Collins Executive Center is a part of the Cox school of business, and serves as a way to connect students with real-world business professionals and entrepreneurs.
Zahner provided the contractors with pre-patinated copper with artistic variation. For these interior panels, Zahner used Star Blue Copper, a custom patina on copper. Zahner developed the pre-weathered copper panels in the fabrication and patination facility in Kansas City, and delivered the panels to the installers in Dallas.
Star Blue copper is a preweathered surface patina on copper offered by A. Zahner Company. The custom copper sheet product provides a range of unique visual color textures on authentic copper surfaces.Zahner began working with copper patination when the company was formed in the late nineteenth century. To get the aged copper look of ancient domes requires entire centuries of weathering in conditions that are neither too dry nor too humid. Zahner uses a technique that speeds up this process.The custom patina can be used on a range of different wall paneling systems, roofing systems, and architectural accents, as well as art and sculpture projects of any scale. Patinas are often preferred over paints for their natural weathering and aging, a much desired trait compared with painted surfaces which deteriorate.