The Philadelphia Theatre Company's dynamic signage

Completed in 2007, the new theater for Philadelphia's Avenue of the Arts was designed by Kieran Timberlake and named for Suzanne Roberts, former actress, playwright, and director. Timberlake contracted Zahner to provide engineering and fabrication for the dynamic shape of the facade signage. The complex curvature was accomplished using the Zahner ZEPPS Technology - a patented system for building complex, curving sculptural forms. Light interference stainless steel provides the sign's unique coloring.


Design Assist to Maintain Intent and Surpass Expectations

A Design Assist contract, established early on, allowed Zahner to participate in the collaborative process of envisioning the project from concept to completion. By thoroughly understanding the architect's concept, Zahner applies proprietary systems and custom solutions to maintain design intent. The result is a project that soars far beyond the client's expectations. 

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Suzanne Roberts Theatre in Philadelphia.
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Suzanne Roberts Theatre in Philadelphia.
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Suzanne Roberts Theatre in Philadelphia.
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Detail of the Suzanne Roberts Theatre in Philadelphia.
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Detail of the Suzanne Roberts Theatre in Philadelphia.
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CAD Diagrams showing individual Zahner assembly parts
Cad diagram showing structural pipe
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ZEPPS structure for Suzanne Roberts Theatre prior to cladding
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ZEPPS structure, clad in stainless steel skin with adhesive protective layer
Roberts theater during construction
Two assemblies made using ZEPPS in the Zahner yard prior to shipment to Philadelphia