Alcoa’s Reynobond Aluminum Composite Material: A Sustainable Design Component of Gold LEED Certified Advocate Lutheran General Hospital

January 27, 2011

NEW YORK–Alcoa (NYSE:AA) announced today that its Reynobond® aluminum composite
material (ACM) contributed to the sustainable design of Advocate
Lutheran General Hospital, the first hospital in the Midwest to achieve
LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold certification.
One of the largest hospitals in the Chicago area, the newly designed
eight-story, 192-single room patient tower represents the hospital’s
commitment to providing healthier, sustainable surroundings for patients
and their families.

Architectural firm OWP/P Cannon Design of Chicago incorporated recycled,
locally produced and environmentally sensitive materials such as
terrazzo flooring, wood and aluminum composite material throughout the

Alcoa’s Reynobond ACM, in a Bright Silver Metallic Colorweld® 300XL
finish, was used on the tower’s canopy fascias and soffits, wall
cladding and exterior and interior column covers. In addition, custom
Pewter-colored Reynobond ACM was featured on the building’s accent

“The lightweight, formability and strength of our Reynobond ACM products
allow architects to achieve designs that are not feasible with other
materials. Every element of the structure becomes an element of design,
through shaping, color and more,” said Sid Peterson, Vice President
Sales and Marketing for Alcoa Architectural Products.

Among the hospital’s other sustainable design attributes are a green
roof, planted with prairie grass seeds and varieties of alpine sedum, a
low groundcover plant that is easy to maintain and drought tolerant;
low-VOC paints, sealants, adhesives, plastics and carpeting to improve
indoor air quality; and a unique rainwater management system that
collects rainwater on-site and filters it through rooftop plantings and
ultimately connects to the city storm system. In addition, more than 90
percent of the construction waste from the patient tower was recycled.
As a result of these characteristics, Advocate Lutheran General Hospital
has been recognized with several architectural and healthcare
distinction awards for its environmentally responsible design.

About Alcoa Architectural Products

Alcoa Architectural Products offers a complete range of exterior and
interior cladding and corporate identity solutions. Architects and
specifiers have found greater control over the finished appearance of
their projects when working with the Alcoa family of products, which
includes the brand’s new Reynobond Face Fastened Solution, the new
Colorweld® 500 finish with the industry’s first 30-year
warranty, and innovative materials such as Anodized Reynobond, Reynobond
Wood Grain ACM and Reynobond with KEVLAR®, in addition to
classic Reynobond ACM, Reynobond Natural Metal and Reynolux®
profiled panels and flat sheet. Alcoa Architectural Products is a
business unit of Alcoa, the world’s leading producer of aluminum
products. For more information about Alcoa’s complete line of products,
please contact the Alcoa Architectural Products manufacturing plant at
1.800.841.7774 or

About Alcoa

Alcoa is the world’s leading producer of primary and fabricated
aluminum, as well as the world’s largest miner of bauxite and refiner of
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 nine consecutive years and approximately
75 percent of all of the aluminum ever produced since 1888 is still in
active use today. Alcoa employs approximately 59,000 people in 31
countries across the world. More information can be found at