NEW YORK--Alcoa (NYSE:AA) Reynobond® composite materials played a prominent role in three award-winning projects in the 2012 Metal Architecture magazine Metal Building Design Awards, a tour-de-force of metal composite materials that has been sculpted to create stunning architectural designs.
The three winning projects are:
- Grand Prize Winner/Smooth Metal Panels - Chihuahua’s Businessmen Foundation (FECHAC) Regional Office in Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico. Four, 40-foot high pillars on the primary façade are clad in tessellated Reynobond Aluminum Composite Material (ACM). With the mosaic-like pattern of the panels, the facade looks different throughout the day as daylight hits at different angles, intensity and color.
- Sustainable Design Winner - Student Center at Monterrey Technical University in Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico, uses Reynobond ACM panels to frame the cover of the entry plaza. Reynobond ACM, which contains a high percentage of recycled content, makes it ideal for projects such as this that are designed to LEED® green building principles.; and
- Judges Award - The Perry and Marty Granoff Center for the Creative Arts at Brown University. The building envelope contains both Alcoa's Reynobond zinc and aluminum composite material panels, which provide structure, texture and color that forces the eye to follow the lines across the building to a vanishing point.
The projects were judged on their overall appearance, innovative use of metal and the significance of metal to achieve the project objectives. Metal must be the primary material used on the projects.
“Each of these projects is a superb example of the creative use of Alcoa's Reynobond composite materials as a primary architectural element,” said George Rosado, Commercial Director for Alcoa Architectural Products. “Today, architects are limited only by their imaginations. Reynobond composite materials provide an extremely versatile palette to work with that is further enhanced by brilliant color options, extreme durability and a 30-year finish warranty with our Colorweld® 500 finish.”
Grand Prize Winner
The FECHAC Regional Office, which took top honors, was designed by architectural firm Grupo ARKHOS of Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua, Mexico.
“The choice of material was essential to the success of the project,” said Rubén Escobar Urrutia, LEED AP, Director General of Grupo ARKHOS. “The brightness of the metallic color and the way in which it reflects the desert sun plays an important role in defining the building’s image. We had to be confident that the material would retain its flatness after it was folded, that the folds would be crisp and that the quality of the finish and color would be consistent throughout the panels. Durability was also an essential attribute. We expect the FECHAC building to look pristine 35 years from now, with minimal maintenance. Reynobond was the natural choice.”
*LEED is a registered trademark of the U.S. Green Building Council.
About Alcoa Architectural Products
As the leading manufacturer of exterior and interior cladding and corporate identity solutions for commercial construction, Alcoa Architectural Products (AAP) helps architects, designers, specifiers and installers achieve their design visions and groundbreaking ideas through its range of Reynobond® | Reynolux® products. In addition to classic Reynobond ACM, Reynobond Natural Metals and Reynolux panels and flat sheet, this comprehensive array of products includes the revolutionary EcoClean™ finish, Reynobond Face Fastened Solution and Colorweld® 500 finish as well as innovative materials such as the Reynobond Design Line, Anodized Reynobond and Reynobond with KEVLAR®. Alcoa Architectural Products is a business unit of Alcoa, the world’s leading producer of primary and fabricated aluminum as well as the world’s largest miner of bauxite and refiner of alumina. For more information, visit www.reynobond.com.
Alcoa is the world’s leading producer of primary aluminum, fabricated aluminum and alumina. In addition to inventing the modern-day aluminum industry, Alcoa innovation has been behind major milestones in the aerospace, automotive, packaging, building and construction, commercial transportation, consumer electronics and industrial markets over the past 120 years. Among the solutions Alcoa markets are flat-rolled products, hard alloy extrusions, and forgings, as well as Alcoa® wheels, fastening systems, precision and investment castings, and building systems in addition to its expertise in other light metals such as titanium and nickel-based super alloys. Sustainability is an integral part of Alcoa’s operating practices and the product design and engineering it provides to customers. Alcoa has been a member of the Dow Jones Sustainability Index for ten consecutive years and approximately 75 percent of all of the aluminum ever produced since 1888 is still in active use today. Alcoa employs approximately 61,000 people in 31 countries across the world. More information can be found at www.alcoa.com.