William "Bill" Zahner is SMACNA's Ed Carter Contractor of the Year, honored at this year's convention. The annual award is named for Snips' founder and is presented for special achievement and recognition in the field.

Zahner, A. Zahner Company, Kansas City, Mo., is well known to Snips readers. His company's role in the Experience Music project in Seattle was featured in the August 2000 issue. Opened in June, this 140,000-sq.-ft. interactive museum and shrine to rock music was designed by noted architect Frank Gehry. We noted: "The exterior is an unusual and eclectic teaming of different textures and colored metals¿ the building's exterior has a swooshy, crumpled metallic guitar-like look to it, in tones of silver, red, gold and blue, steel and aluminum."

USA Today called it "(a) curvaceous heavy-metal symphony of iridescent steel and aluminum."

Other projects of note include the Museum of Science & Industry in Tampa, Fla.; Disney's Tomorrowland renovation in Orlando; the Mirage in Las Vegas; and work at Tsing-Yi, Hong Kong's busiest airport.

The A. Zahner company is more than 100 years old, and specializes in architectural metals. Zahner is author of a book on the subject, which he said took him 10 years to write: "Architectural Metals - A Guide to Selection, Specifications and Performance."