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VMZINC Presents Sixth Edition Of Archizinc Trophy Contest Opening For Submissions Starting July 31

Leading Provider Of Zinc Products To Launch International Award Opportunity For Outstanding Architectural Design Opening For Submissions Starting July 31


VMZINC® -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 company will open the sixth edition of the Archizinc Trophy contest on Wednesday, July 31. The bi-annual contest, open to architects throughout the world, rewards the most attractive creations for the quality of their architecture and their integration into the environment. The competition aims to highlight zinc through appropriate new applications and awards prizes in five building categories: individual housing, collective housing, public buildings, commercial buildings, and people’s choice.


Winners will be chosen based on the quality of architectural design, structural soundness and innovativeness of zinc application. Both the unique use and noticeable emphasis of zinc throughout the building are key factors in judging contest entries. Participants are expected to incorporate and consider the environment as much as possible in their designs.


First place winners will receive the Archizinc Trophy, composed completely of zinc, at the awards banquet in June 2014 hosted in Paris, France. Additionally, the winners’ creations will be published in a special issue of FOCUS ON ZINC, called ArchiZinc Trophy, an international architectural journal by VMZINC, which distributes more than 60,000 copies to building professionals in more than 30 countries.


All applications can be sent before the submission deadline of Tuesday, Dec. 31 by post or through email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Registration for the competition is effective upon receipt by Umicore Building Products of the registration file with all the required information completed before the submission deadline. For detailed registration information, awards schedule and the complete contest rules, visit



“We are truly looking forward to this year’s Archizinc Trophy contest,” said Daniel Nicely, managing director at VMZINC® -US and Umicore Building Products USA, Inc. “We have the privilege of witnessing and honoring a variety of stunning designs through this competition. We are incredibly excited to see what this round brings to us, and we eagerly await celebrating our new winners.”


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VMZINC Contributes To Project Recognized For Award-Winning Metal Architectural Design

Leading Provider Of Zinc Products Assists With The Construction Of The 2013 Metal Architecture Design Award Winner


VMZINC® -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® -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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VMZINC Broadens Public Outreach With Three New Social Media Platforms

Leading Provider Of Zinc Products Launches Houzz, Pinterest And Instagram Accounts Designed To Engage With Builders, Designers, Industry Professionals And Homeowners


VMZINC® -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 company has joined three new social media platforms, Houzz, Pinterest and Instagram. Launching accounts on these new social media platforms will better enable VMZINC® to display its work and expertise to homeowners, builders and architects, highlight projects incorporating zinc materials, and connect with professionals and design enthusiasts worldwide.


Houzz, a leading online platform for home remodeling and design, provides users with everything they need to improve their homes from start to finish, with results viewable online or from a mobile device. With the largest residential design database in the world, Houzz has the ability to connect millions of homeowners, design enthusiasts and home improvement professionals across the country and around the world. With Houzz, VMZINC® will have the opportunity to display innovative product design, as well as one-of-a-kind commercial and residential projects that incorporate VMZINC®’s product line, as well as product information and design inspiration to help professionals and homeowners turn their building and design dreams into reality. 


Pinterest, a pinboard-style and photo-sharing website that allows users to create and manage images in theme-based categories, gives users the ability to browse pinboards for other images, “re-pin” images to their own boards or “like” photos. One of the fastest growing social networks online, Pinterest became the third-largest network in the United States in 2012, behind only Facebook and Twitter. VMZINC® will use its Pinterest account as a “virtual storefront” to showcase the company’s one-of-a-kind product line and its use in various projects – both large and small scale – around the world.


Instagram, a social networking and photo-sharing service, allows users to take photos with a mobile phone, apply digital filters to transform or enhance the pictures, and share them with friends and followers. With the tool experiencing more than 100 million monthly active users and 40 million shares per day, VMZINC® will leverage its Instagram account to connect with an audience on an extremely visual platform and encourage followers to post their own Instagram images of VMZINC® products and services. Additionally, the Geo-Tag feature can be used to pinpoint project locations and direct users to the site of the image.


To learn more about VMZINC® and to view the company’s new social media channels, visit,,



“We are very excited about joining Houzz, Pinterest and Instagram, as these networks will allow us to connect with a larger audience and expand our online presence, as well as the availability of information about our products and projects,” said Daniel Nicely, managing director at VMZINC® -US and Umicore Building Products, USA Inc. “These accounts will serve as wonderful tools to better highlight our products and services, as well as connect and engage with architects, builders, clients and customers both nationally and worldwide.”


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Henry Ford Community College Science Building Addition

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DRI-DESIGN Panels Clad Community College's Science Center Addition

A 19,000 sq. ft. addition to the Science Building at Henry Ford Community College in Dearborn, MI provides much needed space for the school’s science department. The expansion includes four new laboratories and two new classrooms. Incorporated into the addition’s exterior design is 13,000 sq. ft. of DRI-DESIGN rainscreen wall panels, fabricated from 1mm-thick VMZINC® ANTHRA-ZINC® and QUARTZ-ZINC®. Read more.


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Alain Prieur Sports Center Incorporates VMZINC Interlocking Panels

French Architect Christophe Flachaire Chooses ANTHRA-ZINC For Building Envelope To Provide Rhythm And Finesse To The Overall Design


VMZINC® -US, has announced that French architect Christophe Flachaire has chosen the company’s ANTHRA-ZINC® product line to serve as the building envelope for the Alain Prieur Sports Center in Forcalquier, France. The building, which lies in close proximity to an existing gym, football center and swimming pool, clearly expresses the energetic vitality of judo, a sophisticated combat sport and martial art featured at the facility.


In designing and planning the Alain Prieur Sports Center, Flachaire had to overcome several building constraints, including the narrowness and slope of the plot. An additional difficulty was creating an architectural project in a semi-urban area lacking modernization and character, as the site is occupied by buildings that had been erected at different stages, with no overall urban plan.


Flachaire addressed these challenges with creative solutions that included the use of ANTHRA-ZINC® to make it stand out architecturally on all sides. The building’s main entrance is marked by a recess in the façade, in front of which stands a tall cypress tree. Along the building’s east gable, the connection with the ground was cleverly designed to express the richness of volume and boldness of the envelope. The roof seems to fly away, and the oblique line of the gable responds to the sloped façade of the old gym by blending seamlessly with the slope of its roof. This oblique line creates a transition to the huge south façade, which gives the dojo its almost monumental scales. The edge of the building is supported by slender concrete poles, creating a lightweight impression. All of the building’s openings are the same size, however some are vertical and some are horizontal to create a view that reveals the highly rigorous layout of the façades. The successful combination of standard modules and the hollow joints discreetly visible between four juxtaposed slender interlocking strips of zinc provide rhythm and finesse to the overall design of the building.


The overall impression conveyed by this building is one of precision, that of its layout, which creates a natural link with its surroundings, that of its simple, pertinent form, its envelope, which is like a discreet signal of its interior and finally, its interior layout in keeping with the purpose and state of mind of the users. This building demonstrates that with a strong guiding principle, real conceptual rigor and the invaluable support of an open-minded client, the quality of sports facilities can be significantly improved.



“For this facility, the choice of a single material for the envelope was crucial,” said xx. “In place of the typically industrial, neutral appearance of aluminum or lacquered steel, zinc, a discreetly noble material with a natural matte texture and perfect for all flashing details and surrounds, lets the envelope vibrate beneath the Provencal sun and makes this perilous architectural exercise credible. We appreciate the clever way Christophe Flachaire designed this sports center using our product line.” 


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VMZINC Launches New App For Android Devices

Leading Provider Of Zinc Products Releases New VMZINC Mobile App To Android Devices


VMZINC®, a leading specialist in innovative zinc products manufactured and sold by the Building Products Unit of Umicore, has announced that the company has launched a new VMZINC app designed for the Android network. The app, which can be downloaded to any Android device, is extremely user-friendly and allows users to effortlessly browse the VMZINC product range, access and view panel specifications, as well as view technical information. Additionally, a unique product selector feature allows users to select specific characteristics that they are looking for in a zinc panel, including characteristics such as distinct size, color or texture. This product selector feature filters the attributes and shows panel types that meet the defined criteria based on the user’s needs and specifications.


An interactive geo-location tool allows app users to search and view VMZINC projects that are located within close proximity, and provides them with a physical address and a guide to the project. Additional features of the Android app include the ability to browse multiple project photos, an option for viewing documents in both PDF and Word format for all product specifications, 2D details in PDF and DWG format, and sales representative contact information by state.


The new Android app follows the successful launch of VMZINC’s iPhone app. To view or download the iPhone or Android app, visit and




“In this technology-driven day and age, it is more important than ever to effectively reach consumers,” said Daniel Nicely, managing director at VMZINC® -US and Umicore Building Products, USA Inc. “Our new mobile app, which is available to both iPhone and Android users, gives us the ability to display our products and projects where our clients are, as well as be in touch with the tools that architects are using on a daily basis. The mobile app has opened up an entire new world of engagement opportunities as all features can be used in the palm of the hand, from any location around the world.” 


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VMZINC Opens Training Facility, Warehouse in North Carolina

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VMZinc, a leading specialist in innovative zinc products manufactured and sold by the Building Products Unit of Umicore, opened a new training facility and warehouse in Durham, N.C., located at 2320 Presidential Drive, Suite 110. With 3,300 square feet and... Read more.


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VMZINC Is The Natural Choice For Historic Restoration

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In the late 1990s, the historic Central Presbyterian Church in Huntsville, Alabama, faced a common problem: a growing congregation and need for more space. Like moany historic churches, Central Presbyterian is located in a downtown area, landlocked with no available real estate to expand. So, the church began to look around the neighborhood for a suitable property to purchase. Read more on page 50.


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Zinc maker Umicore embraces mobile

Published by Triangle Business Journal, Written by Chris Bagley


RALEIGH – If you thought mobile apps were mainly a way to fire birds at dumbfounded pigs, you were wrong.

Business-to-business applications are beginning to take hold. One of the most recent companies with a b-to-b mobile app is Raleigh-based Umicore Building Products USA, which supplies zinc sheeting, roofing and wall cladding to builders. Read more.


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VMZINC Sponsoring Group's Chicago Architecture Tour

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Raleigh, NC – VMZINC®, a leading specialist in innovative zinc products manufactured and sold by the Building Products Unit of Umicore, has announced that the company will sponsor the Chicago Architecture Tour, featuring Frank Lloyd Wright’s home and studio, Friday, April 26 through Sunday, April 28, 2013. The tour, organized by Triangle Modernist Houses (TMH), a North Carolina nonprofit organization committed to documenting and preserving modernist architecture, provides tour participants a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see some of Chicago’s greatest architectural landmarks. Read more.


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