Scotiabank is one of North America’s leading institutions and Canada’s most international bank, with branches and offices in 50 countries and 48,000 employees. Scotiabank is the leading provider of financial services in the Caribbean, has the broadest Asian network of any Canadian bank, and is active in the Latin American market. FormaShape™ developed a profiled panel system for building cladding structures (buildings) with hidden fasteners to reflect Scotiabank’s architectural image element. The paneling system comes with a high-gloss paint finish and a ten-year no-fade warranty, important to Scotiabank for the climate in Latin America. After a hurricane had gone through one area where the FormaShape panel system had been used, a report came back that all the panels had stood up to the storm and still looked like new.
While they may never replace wood,concrete or steel in residential and commercial buildings, composites are proliferating applications that demonstrate their enormous design flexibility. From building repair and rehabilitation to new niche products, fiber-reinforced polymer (FRP) materials are expanding the material choices for the architect and engineer. The reasons are compelling: Composite components have lower installed costs. They are more durable and more corrosion-, rot- and pest-resistant than traditional materials and, therefore, require less maintenance, which results in lower lifecycle costs. Lighter in weight, composite building materials are more easily installed and offer seismic benefits as well. Further, composites’ moldability offers the potential to fabricate components with complex shapes that add not only eye-catching aesthetics but also special functionality, such as acoustic damping or insulation.
Eye-catching “icons” or distinctive physical forms that signify a company brand lend themselves to composites because they often involve complex shapes that must look good and handle demanding environments. FormaShape, known for the manufacture of water park features, is replacing aluminum with composites in brand icons and related architectural shapes. The company has worked with prominent Canadian petroleum marketing companies, Irving Oil (Saint John, New Brunswick, and Canada),Petro-Canada (Calgary, Alberta, Canada), as well as Scotiabank to help each create new designs as part of a rebranding process. FormaShape’s engineering manager Henry Czenczek says that one of the biggest advantages of FRP in branding applications is design flexibility. “You have unlimited forms, shapes and looks available,” he explains. Despite this ability to produce complexly curved forms, Czenczek says that potential customers still need convincing to appreciate the benefits of FRP over other products on the market, such as ACM cladding (thin aluminum sheet on both sides of a flexible thermoplastic core).