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VMZINC[R] Contributes to Project Recognized for Award-Winning Metal Architectural Design.

Raleigh, NC, July 18, 2013 --( VMZINC[R] -US and Umicore Building Products, USA Inc. (, a leading specialist in innovative zinc products manufactured and sold by the Building Products Unit of Umicore, has announced that the American Institute of Architects (AIA) NC Center for Architecture and Design has received the Judges Award from Metal Architecture's 2013 Metal Architecture Design Awards. This prestigious award recognizes design excellence in projects completed during 2011 or 2012 in nine categories of metal architecture, including metal buildings, metal roofing and sustainable design. The winning AIA NC Center for Architecture and Design features a 20,000-square-foot double-lock, standing seam roof composed of material donated complimentary from VMZINC.

VMZINC's North American headquarters, which is based in Raleigh, provided its PIGMENTO Red material, which should last for an extended period of time, for use in the construction of the facility's newly designed walls as well as the roof. This donation stands as the largest donation of zinc in North America. VMZINC supported the project in this fashion because it promotes environmentally responsible construction and design and aligns with the company's opposition to greenwashing (the practice of making false claims that a good or service is ecologically beneficial).

Frank Harmon, FAIA, of Frank Harmon Architect PA designed the Raleigh-based facility, which serves as AIA NC's state headquarters and was completed in December 2011. Harmon and Irvin Pearce, president of AIA North Carolina, saw the project as an opportunity to exemplify environmentally friendly construction and support the institute's core values of environmental consciousness in architectural design and construction. As a role model for healthy urbanism for AIA NC chapter members as well as future development in downtown Raleigh and its surrounding communities, the building stands as a flagship for green architecture in North Carolina that demonstrates and encourages aesthetically-pleasing design coupled with environmental integrity.

The Metal Architecture Design Awards take into account both the overall design of each project and the innovative use of metal materials. Within each awards category, contestants are judged on their ability to meet criteria standards in overall appearance, significance of metal to the overall project appearance, innovativeness of material use, significance of metal to achieving project objectives and the quality of accompanying photography. For more information, visit


“VMZINC is extremely proud to have had the incredible opportunity to work alongside Frank Harmon and the AIA and, in a small way, contribute to the longtime legacy of this facility,” said Daniel Nicely, managing director at VMZINC[R] -US and Umicore Building Products USA, Inc. “This building's environmentally-sound and inventive design will continue to benefit the state of North Carolina for many years to come, and we are happy to have been a part of its development. We congratulate Frank and his team for this impressive recognition.”

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About VMZINC[R]:

VMZINC[R] is the international brand name of rolled zinc products manufactured and sold by the Building Products Unit of Umicore. VMZINC[R], a leader in the French and Belgian markets and established in 15 countries worldwide, offers an unparalleled range of roofing products and systems, facade cladding, rainwater systems and ornaments. With a large focus on customer satisfaction, VMZINC[R]'s products and services have become synonymous with high quality, innovation and environmentally sustainable design. As the first company to diversify its range of surface aspects, VMZINC[R] offers six unique shades of preweathered zinc, in addition to natural zinc. The company strongly identifies with the Umicore Group values of responsibility, performance and progress, and for more than 10 years, VMZINC[R] has been closely involved with Umicore initiatives to give its operations a sustainable development framework. For additional information, visit

About Umicore Building Prodcuts USA/VMZINC[R]:

Umicore is a worldwide leading producer of architectural zinc under the brand name, VMZINC[R]. For more than 160 years, Umicore has provided innovative solutions for building owners, architects and contractors. Umicore has offices and representatives all over the world. In the United States, Umicore Building Products USA, Inc., is based in Raleigh, N.C. For additional information, visit

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