Sustainable Architectural Aluminum Products From Alcoa’s Kawneer Business Contribute to Energy Efficiency of Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC

May 12, 2009

PITTSBURGH--Alcoa (NYSE:AA) announced today that a range of its Kawneer architectural aluminum products are contributing to the “green” campus of the newly constructed $625 million Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC. The facility incorporates Kawneer products that maximize daylighting and thermal performance, including curtain wall, sunshades and thermally broken windows and doors.

Kawneer’s curtain wall envelopes much of the vibrant colorful palette of the hospital’s exterior and adds both light and drama to the four-story atrium that extends to the rooftop healing garden. Kawneer windows, overhead glazing, and curtain wall systems promote healthy, natural light. Studies show natural light speeds up the body’s healing process and promotes health. In each of the nine floors of the hospital, fixed and operable windows make the space lighter and brighter, contributing to an enhanced therapeutic environment. In addition, throughout the facility, Kawneer thermal entrances and framing systems help improve energy performance while Kawneer’s 1600 SunShade® product helps to reduce solar heat gain.

“Kawneer’s energy efficient aluminum products and systems help to strengthen the link between the quality of the environment and a healthier outcome. The sustainable design of Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh will benefit the patients, the parents, and the community for years to come,” said Kawneer Territory Sales Manager Andy Zubal.

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About Kawneer

With more than 100 years of innovation and experience, Kawneer North America is headquartered in Norcross, GA, and is the leading manufacturer of architectural aluminum products and systems for the commercial construction industry. Kawneer is part of Alcoa’s global Building and Construction Systems (BCS) business unit. Alcoa BCS manufactures and markets architectural systems and products in North America, Europe, Asia and the Middle East. Alcoa is the world’s leading producer and manager of primary aluminum, and alumina facilities, and is active in all major aspects of the industry.

Kawneer Products used on Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC:

1600 Wall System®1 curtain wall
8225TL ISOLOCK® windows
1600 SunShade®
1600 S.G. (Sloped Glazing)
Trifab® VG (VersaGlaze®) 450 Framing System
Trifab® VG (VersaGlaze®) 451T (Thermal) Framing System
560 Insulclad® Thermal Entrances
500 Wide Stile Standard Entrances
Flushline® Entrances

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