Anaheim, Calif. — The Composites and Advanced Materials Expo announced the winners of the third annual CAMX Award, sponsored by Ashland. The CAMX Award recognizes two cutting-edge innovations that will significantly impact composites and advanced materials. The award is divided into two categories that embody the spirit of CAMX – Combined Strength and Unsurpassed Innovation.
As two distinct honors, the Combined Strength Award acknowledges a product that incorporates composites materials that solves a problem through teamwork and collaboration, and the Unsurpassed Innovation Award celebrates a product with a design that incorporates low-cost materials for high-volume applications that can change the outlook of a particular market.
The winner of this year's Unsurpassed Innovation Award is Kreysler & Associates for its ultra-lightweight and fire-resistant fiber-reinforced polymer (FRP) cladding panel system. The cladding was used to make the façade for the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA). The façade contains 700 "rain screen" panels, which cover and help waterproof the 10-story building. The cladding saved "an enormous amount of weight and installation cost" in the construction of the façade compared to traditional glass fiber reinforced concrete.