Composites Pavilion Returns to 2015 AIA Convention

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American Composite Manufacturers Association hosts exhibition to educate architects, designers about the benefits of composites

May 7, 2015, (Arlington, Va.) – The American Composites Manufacturers Association (ACMA) will host the second Composites Pavilion at the 2015 American Institute of Architects (AIA) Convention from May 14-16 in Atlanta. 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 5,850 square foot pavilion – 30 percent more space than last year’s – 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
  • The International Cast Polymer Alliance, a council of ACMA dedicated to promoting recognition and demand for cast polymer products
  • The winner of the TEX-FAB Plasticity design competition, an interior carbon fiber and epoxy pavilion titled Plastic Stereotomy, designed by Justin Diles of Knowlton School and developed by Kreysler & Associates

“Composites are becoming more and more popular with architects,” said Bill Kreysler, president of Kreysler and Associates, Inc., and chair of ACMA’s Architectural Division. “It’s crucial that the composites industry jump on opportunities such as the AIA Convention to showcase the many products and possibilities of using composites.”

In addition to the pavilion, attendees can learn from an education session titled “Composites: Fiber Reinforced Polymers and the IBC” at 3:30 p.m. Friday, May 15, 2015 in room B302 led by Nicholas Dembsey, fire protection engineering professor at Worcester Polytechnic Institute.

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 organizations participating in the Composites Pavilion include:

Advanced Architectural Products           Interplastic Corporation
Advantic LLC                                                      Janicki Industries
Arcoplast                                                              Kalwall Corporation
Best Bath Systems                                          Kreysler and Associates, Inc.
CCP Composites US LLC                             Mektech Composites                                      Owens Corning LLC
Composites One                                               Polystrand
Crane Composites                                           SCOTT BADER INC. 
Glass Line Incorporated                               Technical Fibre Products Inc. 
International Cast Polymer Alliance      Tower Industries LLC         International Marble Industries Inc.

For more information on the Composites Pavilion and to learn more about the benefits of using composites in architecture and design, visit