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 2017

Don’t miss out on this year’s Composites Pavilion at American Institute of Architects (AIA) show! Orlando, Orange County Convention Center – April 27-29, 2017

The American Composites Manufactures Association invites you to visit the Composites Pavilion at AIA’s annual Convention from April 27-29, 2017 in Orlando. The pavilion, making its fourth appearance, will be an opportunity for architects, engineers and designers to learn about the value of FRP products in architectural applications from ACMA and many members of its Architectural Division. composites-pavilion-2016

Architecture is a rapidly growing market for ACMA members, and each year ACMA’s Architectural Division works to create opportunities in architecture through the development of standards and other educational events. One way ACMA and the Architectural Division are doing this is through an annual COMPOSITES CHALLENGE – a design competition where architectural students working in teams will develop a novel composite architectural/building component or assembly.

Last year’s contest yielded a number of amazing designs, including UCLA’s “Undulating Gills” panels inspired by the composite façade at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Other designs included Temple’s “B3OCC Pavilion,” which was inspired by the Elytra Pavilion on display at London’s V&A Museum, and Georgia Tech’s unique balloon panels. Through this challenge, ACMA hopes to expose more architects to composites and help them understand the value of FRP in architectural applications.

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The challenge winners will be announced April 27 at the pavilion’s Composites Central (booth #1831). Throughout the conference, Composites Central will also feature education sessions from experts who will speak about advances in architectural composites and provide inside into the technical elements of creating structures with composites. Some of this year’s speakers include Rick Pauer from Polynt Composites, Prof. Robert Steffen, PE, PhD from Western Carolina University, Michael Crowder from Kalwall Corporation, Megan Multanen, MPA, CAPS from Bestbath, and Adrian Witt from FormaShape.

Make sure to click the Composites Central Schedule tab at the top of the page for a full schedule of presentations. AIA attendees are also encouraged to pick up a copy of ACMA’s Guidelines and Recommended Practices for Fiber-Reinforced-Polymer (FRP) Architectural Products. Those not attending AIA must purchase the guidelines at ACMA’s Education Hub.

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