From Metal Factory to Architectural Innovator
Welcoming the 21st Century
When Zahner joined the company, it had no computers ("Even accounting didn't have them," he says). The Experience Music Project, another Gehry building, helped change that. Zahner was forced to invest heavily in technology and rethink its entire production scheme to meet the difficulties of the new project: 4,000 curving metal panels, each completely unique, that were not only decorative but also structurally essential. "You want to start with something small," Zahner said. "But with Frank, you don't start producing a little handkerchief. You start with something to cover your whole city."