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VMZINC® Receives Two 2012 Building and Roofing Awards from Metal Construction News

Umicore Building Products Earn Recognition for Stephen Hawking Centre at The Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics and AIA North Carolina Center For Architecture and Design

Raleigh, NC, January 10, 2013 --( VMZINC® (, a leading specialist in innovative zinc products manufactured and sold by the Building Products Unit of Umicore, has received two 2012 Building and Roofing Awards from Metal Construction News. VMZINC® was named Overall Winner for the AIA North Carolina Center for Architecture and Design in Raleigh, N.C., and earned the Best Metal Building Award for Mid-Rise for its work on the Stephen Hawking Centre at the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.

The AIA NC Center for Architecture and Design (, designed by Frank Harmon Architect PA of Raleigh, received this honor for its extensive use of sustainable building practices, devotion to energy efficiency and defining use of a standing seam metal roof that transitions to a wall. The 20,000-square-foot double lock standing seam roof, provided by VMZINC® architectural zinc products, used a unique PIGMENTO red zinc, produced by adding mineral pigments to QUARTZ-ZINC substrate, to give the building an earthly look, while maintaining great texture and depth. With a devotion to environmentally-friendly design, zinc requires little energy to manufacture, has a long lifespan and utilizes 100 percent recyclable materials. The roof, which was installed by Baker Roofing of Raleigh, is expected to gain high points in the United States Green Building Council’s (USGBC) LEED certification process.

Originally constructed in 2004, the Stephen Hawking at the Perimeter Institute Centre for Theoretical Physics ( underwent a major transformation in March 2011 with a $26.5 million, 50,000-square-foot expansion. The state-of-the-art improvement project, designed by Teeple Architects Inc., will accommodate up to 250 physicists and research trainees and will be the largest center of its kind worldwide. The project’s architect, based in Toronto, was charged with the task of expanding the building aesthetically within the existing structure, while trying to avoid an additional building footprint. VMZINC® supplied 23,767 square feet of 1mm zinc flat lock wall panel in QUARTZ-ZINC, ANTHRA-ZINC and natural zinc on the interior and exterior of the building, with an additional 1,693 square feet of its 1mm VMZINC® standing seam wall panel in ANTHRA-ZINC on the interior.

For more information on the 2012 Building and Roofing Awards, and to view a complete list of 2012 award winners, visit All award winners were mentioned in the December issue of Metal Construction News.

“We are truly honored to be involved in high-caliber projects such as the AIA NC Center for Architecture and Design and the Stephen Hawking building at the Perimeter Institute Centre for Theoretical Physics,” said Daniel Nicely, managing director at VMZINC® -US and Umicore Building Products USA, Inc. “The zinc used in these two projects is highly sustainable, natural and innovative, and we are proud that our product played a key role in the sustainable and atheistically pleasing design of both of these beautiful buildings.”

“It is a great accomplishment to be honored by Metal Construction News’ Building and Roofing Awards,” said Ravila Gupta, president of Umicore USA. “We were very fortunate to have the opportunity to work with two incredibly talented architectural firms on both projects, and we are grateful they chose VMZINC® as the product manufacturers for their roofing needs.”

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About VMZINC®:
VMZINC® is the international brand name of rolled zinc products manufactured and sold by the Building Products Unit of Umicore. VMZINC®, a leader in the French and Belgian markets and established in 15 countries worldwide, offers an unparalleled range of roofing products and systems, façade cladding, rainwater systems and ornaments. With a large focus on customer satisfaction, VMZINC®’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® 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® has been closely involved with Umicore initiatives to give its operations a sustainable development framework. For additional information, visit

About Umicore Building Products USA / VMZINC®:
Umicore is a worldwide leading producer of architectural zinc under the brand name, VMZINC®. 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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