Foundation Presents 2008 International Aluminum Extrusion Design
The ET Foundation awarded its 2008 International Aluminum Extrusion
Design awards during the Ninth International Aluminum Extrusion
Technology Seminar and Exposition (ET '08) in Orlando, Fla. last
month, and among the winners, two glass-related entries stood out.
Christopher Trovel of Imperial Glassworks in Maspeth, N.Y., received
an honorable mention award in the professional class for his green
latch curtainwall/window wall system. While he admits that aluminum
extrusion design is "a whole new world [he's] just beginning
to explore," he looks to everyday life for inspiration.
"One guy at work said how he had stuck his arm inside an aluminum
tube while on the jobsite, only to find that it was as hot as a
furnace. That was something that helped me with my idea," says
Trovel believes his design promotes a greater understanding of and
use of extruded aluminum profiles for it "supports the notion
of creating pieces that are recognizable to the public eye. People
can readily associate the colorful extrusion with green technology
when it's placed at a conspicuous spot like the exterior of a building."
Trovel also credits the judges' acknowledgement of his design idea
for "the core of the design is centered on just one extruded
shape, actually two parts that slide together for a thermal barrier
and bolt to the curtainwall. I think the judges recognized how the
piece could channel air, but also perform structurally."
In the student class, Corey W. Friedenberger of Pennsylvania State
University in University Park, Pa. received a $1,000 scholarship
for his aluminum storm protection curtain design. This window protection
system offers a reusable, durable and aesthetically pleasing solution
to storm window coverings.
Friedenberger credits the selection of his project as an award
winner for its three key elements.
"It promotes safety by providing a significant and unique
improvement on previous attempts at the same goal; it is feasible,
as there is a viable market for this sort of project and the design
makes it attractive to consumers; and the design is simple. People
often forget that the simplest design is often the best design,
and for a product like this, which someone's life may depend on,
failure would be catastrophic. Thus, my goal was always to maintain
a simple, reliable design," says Friedenberger.
Friedenberger also hopes that others obtain a greater understanding
of and use of extruded aluminum profiles.
"I think a lot of people see metal, especially bare extruded
aluminum parts, as 'ugly' or as something that should be inside
of a building as load-bearing members. I think aluminum is more
aesthetically versatile than that, and I think it can serve a purpose
everywhere in life, whether it be inside of a wall or protecting
valuable assets out in the open. My design promotes just that, by
using aluminum as the functional and visual centerpiece of an important
product that saves lives."
The competition serves to promote a greater understanding and use
of extruded aluminum profiles, as well as to highlight innovations
and recognize excellence in aluminum extrusion design. The Foundation
received nearly 100 entries from students and professionals across
the United States, Canada and abroad. The judges awarded those entries
that they felt best demonstrated extruded aluminum's inherent attributes
including the effective use of close tolerances or complex profiles,
extrusion process improvement, innovation in design and likelihood
of market success. The designs needed to be original and were required
to make use of one or more extruded aluminum components.
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