Cymat to clad 911 memorial museum

The 911 memorial in New York will be using a Canadian-made architectural product from Cymat Technologies as a cladding material.

December 2, 2010   by PLANT STAFF

Cymat’s stabilized aluminium foam.

Photo: Cymat

TORONTO: The 911 memorial in New York will be using a Canadian-made architectural product as a cladding material.  Innovative materials company Cymat Technologies Ltd. will be supplying its Alusion aluminum foam product for use in the construction of the National September 11 Memorial Museum at the World Trade Center site.

Financial details were not provided.

The Toronto manufacturer said the Alusion product will be used as a cladding material that will emulate the original Twin Towers at their exact location and dimensional footprint.  Museum architecture firm Davis Brody Bond Aedas said the panels will be lit in a way that creates “a dematerialized and ethereal surface” as an abstract physical reminder of the original towers’ location and reinforce the visitor’s sense of place and site.

“The aluminum foam is a key element needed for the successful realization of the conceptual design approach,” said Mark Wagner, the project architect.  Cymat’s panels were also used in the 2002 memorial for the Service Employees Internal Union, which lists all of the men and women of Local 32BJ who lost their lives during 911.

The 55,000 square-foot project represents Cymat’s largest Alusion installation to date.

“We are honoured to be involved in this important memorial and note that it’s closely related to the Cymat mission of protecting human lives with our SmartMetal blast mitigation material,” said David Fowler, Cymat’s president and COO.

Cymat has worldwide rights for the production of Stabilized Aluminum Foam (SAB), manufactured by bubbling gas through molten-alloyed aluminum containing a dispersion of fine ceramic particles.

The recyclable material, produced as either near-net shapes or flat panels, has a very low density, it absorbs mechanical energy, can be used as thermal and acoustic insulation, it’s time and temperature insensitive and is relatively low cost to produce.


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