Recyclable and Versatile Alcoa Reynobond Aluminum Composite Material Helps Create Dramatic Design of Seidman Cancer Center

July 24, 2012

NORCROSS, Ga.–Alcoa’s (NYSE:AA) Reynobond® Aluminum Composite Material (ACM) was used
to achieve the dramatic sloping façade of the award-winning Seidman
Cancer Center in Cleveland, Ohio. The Center is one of only 12
freestanding cancer hospitals in the nation designated by the National
Cancer Institute as a Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Designed by St. Louis-based architectural firm Cannon Design, the
375,000 square-foot, 10-story hospital features 59,000 square feet of
Reynobond Natural Brushed ACM on the exterior and interior building
fascia, soffits and parapet panels.

The narrow site allocated for the hospital virtually dictated that the
hospital take on the form of a thick rectangular box. To incorporate
large lobbies and treatment areas on the lower floors, the architects
flared the west façade outward at the base – creating a big convex curve
like the ramp of a very wide ski jump. In addition to protecting the
building envelope, the Reynobond panels were the only natural metal
composite material on the market with the required 62” material width
needed for fabrication of the “Ski Jump” façade.

“Reynobond ACM materials are ideal for this application,” said George
Rosado, Commercial Director for Alcoa Architectural Products. “It can be
roll-formed, cut, curved, bent or routed, or cut to form small- or
large-radius curves, reverse curves, angles and other shapes not
possible with traditional building materials – making it the perfect fit
for the Seidman Cancer Center. Furthermore, the sleek, bold look of the
natural brushed aluminum helps to define the building, creating a
gateway to the campus.”

The Center was designed according to the U.S. Green Building Council’s
Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®*) green
building principles, and is registered for certification.

“The high percentage of recycled content in Reynobond Natural Brushed
Aluminum Composite Material makes it ideal for projects designed with
LEED green building principles,” Rosado added.

The $260 million Seidman Cancer Center has received the American
Architecture Award from the Chicago Athenaeum, Museum of Architecture
and Design as well as the Award of Excellence in the Large Project – New
Construction Category from The Cleveland Engineering Society.

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

About Alcoa

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

*LEED is a registered trademark of the U.S. Green Building Council.