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January 27, 2011

Alcoa's Reynobond Aluminum Composite Material: A Sustainable Design Component of Gold LEED Certified Advocate Lutheran General Hospital

NEW YORK--Alcoa (NYSE:AA) announced today that its Reynobond® aluminum composite material (ACM) contributed to the sustainable design of Advocate Lutheran General Hospital, the first hospital in the Midwest to achieve LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold certification. One of the largest hospitals in the Chicago area, the newly designed eight-story, 192-single room patient tower represents the hospital's commitment to providing healthier, sustainable surroundings for patients and their families.

Architectural firm OWP/P Cannon Design of Chicago incorporated recycled, locally produced and environmentally sensitive materials such as terrazzo flooring, wood and aluminum composite material throughout the tower.

Alcoa's Reynobond ACM, in a Bright Silver Metallic Colorweld® 300XL finish, was used on the tower's canopy fascias and soffits, wall cladding and exterior and interior column covers. In addition, custom Pewter-colored Reynobond ACM was featured on the building's accent panels.

"The lightweight, formability and strength of our Reynobond ACM products allow architects to achieve designs that are not feasible with other materials. Every element of the structure becomes an element of design, through shaping, color and more," said Sid Peterson, Vice President Sales and Marketing for Alcoa Architectural Products.

Among the hospital's other sustainable design attributes are a green roof, planted with prairie grass seeds and varieties of alpine sedum, a low groundcover plant that is easy to maintain and drought tolerant; low-VOC paints, sealants, adhesives, plastics and carpeting to improve indoor air quality; and a unique rainwater management system that collects rainwater on-site and filters it through rooftop plantings and ultimately connects to the city storm system. In addition, more than 90 percent of the construction waste from the patient tower was recycled. As a result of these characteristics, Advocate Lutheran General Hospital has been recognized with several architectural and healthcare distinction awards for its environmentally responsible design.

About Alcoa Architectural Products

Alcoa Architectural Products offers a complete range of exterior and interior cladding and corporate identity solutions. Architects and specifiers have found greater control over the finished appearance of their projects when working with the Alcoa family of products, which includes the brand’s new Reynobond Face Fastened Solution, the new Colorweld® 500 finish with the industry’s first 30-year warranty, and innovative materials such as Anodized Reynobond, Reynobond Wood Grain ACM and Reynobond with KEVLAR®, in addition to classic Reynobond ACM, Reynobond Natural Metal and 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 and fabricated aluminum, as well as the world’s largest miner of bauxite and refiner of 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.