Composites Pavilion Debuts at 2014 AIA Convention

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American Composite Manufacturers Association’s Architectural Division hosts exhibition to educate architects, designers about the benefits of composites
May 12, 2014, (Arlington, VA) – The American Composites Manufacturers Association (ACMA) will host the first ever Composites Pavilion at the 2014 American Institute of Architects (AIA) Convention from June 26-28 in Chicago.  The Composites Pavilion will highlight ways in which composites can be used to create dynamic, innovative and cost-effective designs.  All attendees are encouraged to visit the pavilion to check out the amazing things designers can do with composite materials.
The AIA Convention attracts more than 25,000 architects, designers and specifiers who are looking for revolutionary materials and original designs.  This 4,500 square foot pavilion brings ACMA member companies to the forefront, allowing convention attendees to learn about composites and how they can be useful for multiple applications.  Composites are often stronger and lighter than more traditional materials, making them more capable of addressing complex construction challenges and bringing amazing designs to life.
The Composites Pavilion will feature:
  • More than 20 composites manufacturers and key resources provided by ACMA
  • A carbon-fiber hydrofoil from Oracle’s winning catamaran in the 2013 America’s Cup
  • A fascinating 20 x 30 foot carbon fiber composites canopy designed by world-famous architect Greg Lynn
“We’re very pleased to have the opportunity to show architects and building professionals the many products available to them made of composite materials,” said Bill Kreysler, president of Kreysler and Associates, Inc., and chair of ACMA’s Architectural Division.  “Architecture and design is a constantly evolving field, so it’s important for the composites industry to inform and educate key decision makers about the benefits of composites.”
ACMA’s Architectural Division is one of the association’s 12 Composites Growth Initiative (CGI) committees dedicated to expanding markets for composites.  The Architectural Division focuses on changing building codes and creating specifications that will make it easier to work with fiber reinforced polymer (FRP) composites. The Architectural Division is continually finding ways to educate architects and building officials about using composites in architectural applications.
The companies participating in the Composites Pavilion include:
3A Composites                                                     Glassline, Inc.
Apex Siding                                                            Gurit
Architectural Fiberglass, Inc.                         Interplastic Corporation
Best Bath Systems                                             Kreysler and Associates, Inc.
Cal Poly School of Architecture                   Mektech Composites
CCP Composites US LLC                                MouldCAM                                         Owens Corning
Composites One                                                  Polystrand
Crane Composites                                             Structures Unlimited
Formashape                                                          Technical Fibre Products