VMZINC® Sponsors Triangle Modernist Houses’ Chicago Architecture Tour April 26-28

Leading Provider of Zinc Products Sponsors Chicago Tour of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Home and Studio

Raleigh, NC, April 04, 2013 --(PR.com)-- VMZINC® (http://www.vmzinc-us.com/), 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. 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.

The weekend-long event includes a roundtrip direct flight on United Airlines from RDU to Chicago O’Hare, as well as accommodations for two nights in the all-suite Comfort Suites, located in downtown Chicago. Full breakfast and free internet will be available at the hotel, and lunch will be provided each day during the tours, as well as a dinner on Saturday night in downtown Chicago. Additionally, attendees will have full photography privileges, indoors and outdoors, at most of the touring sites. Featured sites will include Frank Lloyd Wright’s home and studio, as well as his Robie House and Unity Temple. Other landmarks to be featured on the tour will be Mies Van Der Roche’s Farnsworth House and IIT Campus, the Chicago Architecture Foundation River Cruise, the Willis Tower, and more. For more information, please visit http://bit.ly/VrUnaN.

Wright, an influential American architect and interior designer, designed more than 1,000 buildings influenced by his philosophy of “organic architecture,” which maintains that a building should develop out of its natural surroundings. His designs for both private and public structures were boldly original as he often rebelled against classic architecture and its traditional ornamentation. He has been credited with initiating many new techniques, such as the use of precast concrete blocks reinforced by steel rods, and he introduced numerous residential innovations, including radiant floor heating. Wright, who has been studied more than any other architect, was recognized by the American Institute of Architects (AIA) in 1991 as the greatest American architect of all time.

“Frank Lloyd Wright is a true inspiration and legend in the world of modern architecture,” said Daniel Nicely, managing director at VMZINC® -US and Umicore Building Products USA, Inc. “The Chicago Architecture Tour provides attendees with a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see firsthand some of the area’s most famous architectural landmarks. We are honored to sponsor this tour in conjunction with Triangle Modernist Houses and we are looking forward to a truly educational and rewarding trip.”

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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 http://www.vmzinc-us.com/.

About Umicore Building Prodcuts 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 http://www.vmzinc-us.com/.

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