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
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
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
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
*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.