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February 11, 2010

Colorful Alcoa Building Material Stands Out in Vancouver Olympic Village

NEW YORK--Athletes participating in the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Games starting Friday in British Columbia will sleep, eat, and watch sporting events in buildings that include Alcoa’s energy–efficient, recyclable and colorful Reynobond® aluminum composite material (ACM).

Athletes staying in the Olympic Village are housed in apartments that are clad in Alcoa Architectural Products’ Reynobond® ACM. The material, used on the facades of several buildings constructed for lodging, stands out due to some unique colors, such as Electric Orange and Brite Red, a key feature of the composite panel.

Neil Deppiesse, Operations Manager of Compass Cladding, a fabricator and installer with over 30 years of field experience in Vancouver, assisted local architects in selecting Reynobond® ACM to achieve the color palette and geometric forms required for the Olympic Village project.

“Reynobond material offered the architects the widest range of colors, and the best paint finish warranties available to the market. Reynobond material is ideally suited for the coastal environment of Vancouver B.C.,” Mr. Deppiesse said.

Alcoa’s Reynobond ACM is exceptionally flat, formable, corrosion-resistant and surprisingly light – weighing 3.4 times less than steel and 1.6 times less than pure aluminum. It is also available in a range of colors. The material integrates easily with curtain wall, creating a seamless look for façades. And its extreme formability makes it ideal for curves and unique design accents.

Following the Olympics, the Village will be converted into a model sustainable community for recreational use, new housing and commercial space.

About Alcoa Building and Construction Systems
Alcoa Building and Constructions Systems, a leading supplier of architectural systems, services and building products to the global construction market, serves customers throughout North America, Europe, North Africa, Asia and the Middle East. Included in this business is the Kawneer brand of architectural aluminum building products and systems, the Alcoa Architectural Products business, which sells the Reynobond® and Reynolux® brands of aluminum composite materials, and Alcoa Architectuursystemen NL, which designs, develops and sells aluminum profile systems for windows, doors, sliding patio doors, conservatories and curtain walls throughout Europe.

About Alcoa
Alcoa (NYSE:AA) is the world leader in the production and management of primary aluminum, fabricated aluminum and alumina combined, through its active and growing participation in all major aspects of the industry. Alcoa serves the aerospace, automotive, packaging, building and construction, commercial transportation and industrial markets, bringing design, engineering, production and other capabilities of Alcoa’s businesses to customers. In addition to aluminum products and components including flat-rolled products, hard alloy extrusions, and forgings, Alcoa also markets Alcoa® wheels, fastening systems, precision and investment castings, and building systems. The Company has been has been a member of the Dow Jones Sustainability Index for eight consecutive years. Alcoa employs approximately 59,000 people in 31 countries across the world. More information can be found at www.alcoa.com.