24 July, 2012
NORCROSS, GA. - Alcoa's 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 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.
*LEED is a registered trademark of the U.S. Green Building Council.
Seidman Cancer Center