The Bing Concert Hall at Stanford University uses nine FRP composite "sails" as acoustical panels. Panels manufactured by Kreysler and Associates.
Side view of the composite panels.
Composites line the ceiling of the concert hall as well.
Prana restaurant at the Aladdin Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas uses composites to create an intricately detailed facade. Courtesy of Kreysler and Associates.
Prana viewed in daylight
Composite chandelier inside Prana
Sculptor Lawrence Argent designed this composite sculpture, entitled "I See What You Mean," installed at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver, CO. Courtesy of Kreysler and Associates.
These 50-meter roof vaults were made by hand by AOC Resins and installed on the Library and Conference Hall of Manama, Bahrain.
The Library used five of the massive vaults in total.
Composites are ideal for prefabricated cupolas and domes, which can be fabricated on-site or delivered, and installed as one piece. Photos courtesy of Architectural Fiberglass, Inc.
Fiberglass Cupolas and finials have the advantage over other materials because they can be molded into complex shapes.
The durability and longevity of fiberglass domes far exceeds the life expectancy of domes manufactured from steel, aluminum, copper, concrete and other popular dome materials.
Fiberglass and other composites can create domes of any size.
Installation of composite cupolas is fast and easy.
FRP parapet panels were molded on site to match the original terra cotta of 200 Powell St. in San Francisco, CA. Photos courtesy of Kreysler and Associates.
Close-up view of the detailed FRP molding.
Composite exterior panels can mimic nearly any material and blend seamlessly with original architectural components.
Composite swimming pools can be molded to any shape or size.
Composites can be used to create strong, durable columns of all shapes and sizes. Photos courtesy of Architectural Fiberglass, Inc.
AOC Resins created composite columns to exactly match the original limestone of the Pentagon.
Composites are perfect for restoring and replacing detailed historical building features. Photos courtesy of Architectural Fiberglass, Inc.
FRP columns can be molded with an unlimited variety of surface textures.
Repairs made with composites can be made indistinguishable from the original stone or brick.
Colors can be molded into composite building panels, making painting unnecessary.
The domes of St. Joseph's Cathedral in San Jose, CA were replaced with composite materials after the original wood deteriorated. Photo courtesy of Kreysler and Associates.
Composite facades can be installed in large sections, minimizing installation time and cost.
Composites allow the modern look of this house in Tiburon, CA. Photos courtesy of Kreysler and Associates.
Monocoque construction makes for strong buildings, fast construction, and aesthetically pleasing shapes.
Composites can mimic multicolored components such as brick.
Sinks, tubs, and showers can all be made from composite materials.
Composites can even be used to make both interior and foundation walls.

 

Composites Pavilion at AIA 2016

Don’t miss out on this year’s Composites Pavilion at American Institute of Architects (AIA) show!
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Convention Center – May 19-21, 2016

The American Composites Manufactures Association invites you to visit the Composites Pavilion (booth 2407) at AIA’s 2016 Convention from May 19-21 in Philadelphia. To see the list of exhibitors at AIA, click here.

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This year’s Pavilion is the industry’s first opportunity to pick up the Guidelines and Recommended Practices for Fiber-Reinforced-Polymer (FRP) Architectural Products, published by ACMA. The guidelines are included in the first ever comprehensive document that sets up guidelines and recommendations for the usage of fiber reinforced polymer in architectural products.

As the worlds of manufacturing and architecture continue to overlap, 2016 is the year composites will go big in architecture. Having codes and guidelines that govern the application of composites in architecture is not only a breakthrough, but a necessity in order to adapt to the latest advances of our evolving markets.

Don’t be left behind! Find out how you can drive innovations in architecture.

After you pick up our new guidelines and standards, make sure to check out the all-new Composites Central – a series of presentations by esteemed composites experts, including Ashland’s Bob Moffit LEED GA, Janicki Industries’ Andy Bridge, Western Carolina University’s Robert Steffen, Ph.D P.E., and Worcester Polytechnic Institute’s Nicholas A. Dembsey, PhD. P.E. to name a few! These experts will give you a leg up.

The Pavilion will also be displaying composites innovation through its new Composites Challenge, where students will showcase unique ways to use composite material constructions to develop new architectural components and assemblies. The challenge entries will be relevant to large-scale constructions, and will explore modes of production, tooling solutions, and structural advantages. Check in every day at 3 p.m. to see who won.

For more information, please contact John Busel at jbusel@acmanet.org