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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
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.
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.