St. Lawrence Catholic Campus Center
St. Lawrence Catholic Campus is a church and campus serving students and the greater community of Lawrence, Kansas. Zahner provided the brass inlay for the stained glass, as well as the brass baptismal altar. Working with SFS Architecture and Kathy Barnard glass studio, the team developed a timeless worship and fellowship facility for a college town Catholic community campus.
The design team worked with Kathy Barnard to create a stained glass feature. Zahner was brought into the project to create the custom brass bar elements which curve throughout the stained glass windows. Zahner also fabricated the Baptismal Altar which was designed by Mike Shaughnessy of SFS Architecture.
St. Lawrence Catholic Center worked with SFS Architecture and the University of Kansas to establish design criteria and goals. This included the need to perceptually minimize the building’s scale to integrate with its surroundings. The building's exterior appearance looks like a typical post-war low-rise residence, blending naturally into the neighborhood.
Brass is the name given to those copper alloys that contain zinc as the major alloying constituent. The brasses are broken down into a series of groups classified by the crystal makeup of the copper alloy. As more zinc is added the crystal structure of the copper alloy changes. This change affects the color and the forming ability of the metal.The term brass is often used to reference the color rather than the alloy. For instance, you can polish bronze nautical fittings to a lustrous golden yellow, a color most associate with the term "brass". Similar but opposite — when weathered and patinated, many copper alloys will exhibit similar visual characteristics. The dark brown or green patina which forms on the surface of copper alloys disguises the metal underneath its protective patina. When people call a material "statuary bronze", they are referring to the name given to describe a range of bronze-color tones produced by chemical enhancement on various copper alloys, both brass and bronze alloys. For the reasons above, selecting a copper alloy for your project should be based on how the metal will perform in any given environment.Fabricators who work with the metal and architects who design with it have, over the years, referred to the copper alloys as bronze if their color ranges are in the darker brown tones.