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November 18, 2010

Alcoa Architectural Products' Reynobond Aluminum Composite Material Gives Stage Presence to Piedmont College Amphitheater

DEMOREST, Ga.--Alcoa (NYSE:AA) announced today that its Reynobond® aluminum composite material (ACM) was selected for the canopy of the new Piedmont Arrendale Amphitheater at Piedmont College in Georgia. Deftly sculpted to match the natural contours of the gentle slopes bordering the wetlands preserve at Piedmont College, the canopy cuts a striking profile against the wilderness directly behind center stage.

Architects Armentrout Roebuck Matheny Consulting Group of Athens, Georgia, designed the state-of-the-art outdoor entertainment venue with an infrastructure that could accommodate everything from Piedmont College performances to larger-scale commercial productions.

“The actual design of the canopy was shaped in large part to provide the proper acoustics and sight lines for the sloped seating areas, as well as solar modeled to optimize the shading during the warmer summer months,” said architect James Blythe.

“Reynobond ACM was our first choice for the skin of the canopy for several reasons,” continued Blythe. “We needed a material that would hold up well over time, with little to no maintenance or refinishing; that is lightweight with excellent dimensional stability so we could make the supporting structure as efficient as possible; and that could be shaped and cut to create the aesthetic our design team envisioned from the concept stages of the project. We felt that a traditional material wouldn’t do the canopy’s faceted shape the proper justice it deserved, or that it would keep its shape and appearance over time. Given the great deal of finish and color options that are standard for ACM, it made sense from multiple angles.”

Five thousand square feet of Reynobond ACM, Platinum Colorweld® 300XL finish was used for the canopy.

“The faceted geometry of the canopy made it very difficult to field measure this project. Each panel had to be cut to size in order to get the facets of each geometric shape just right,” said Herman Kistler of Kistler McDougall, who fabricated and installed the roofing material.

“We couldn’t be happier with the results of this project,” concluded Blythe. “In fact, we found that Reynobond ACM is much easier to design with than we previously envisioned and anticipate using it in future work. The client and donors are also very pleased with the outcome, and look forward to the low maintenance and clean look for years to come.”

The Piedmont Arrendale Amphitheater was honored by the 2010 Metal Architecture Design Awards as the winner in the metal roof category. The 500-seat amphitheater with overflow grass seating opened in October 2009.

About Alcoa Architectural Products

Alcoa Architectural Products offers a complete range of exterior and interior cladding and corporate identity solutions. Architects and specifiers find greater control over the finished appearance of their projects when working with the Alcoa family of products, which includes the brand’s new Colorweld® 500 finish with the industry’s first 30-year warranty, and innovative materials such as Anodized Reynobond ACM, Reynobond Woodgrain ACM and Reynobond with KEVLAR® in addition to classic Reynobond ACM, Reynobond Natural Metals, 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 reynobond.com.

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 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 www.alcoa.com.