Rigidized® Metals Corporation Provides Durable Custom Metal Panels for Cave of the Winds Niagara Falls, NY 

Architect: Watts Architecture & Engineering
Contractor: Rodems Construction
System Manufacturer: Watts Architecture & Engineering and Rigidized® Metals Custom Systems

Cave of the Winds, an attraction located in Niagara Falls, New York, attracts thousands of guests each year, making it a very popular, high-traffic attraction. Located underground, this structure faces high levels of moisture and humidity. The goal for this project was to develop and fabricate a curved, textured copper panel that was capable of withstanding a high moisture environment, was lightweight for installation, and durable, with a texture that would provide depth.

The Challenges
Aside from selecting material and developing a customized curved panel construction that could withstand high levels of moisture, while providing durability with an aesthetic appeal to fit within the architects' design environment, the installation took place in very tight confines located 180 feet underground. This restricted space, mobility and ease of access during the installation of this project.

The Solution
Revere Copper's Continental Bronze finish, selected for its duller copper surface finish, will naturally patina and, being nonferrous, will withstand high levels of humidity and moisture. Rigidized® Metals 6WL® pattern was added to provide durability and aesthetic appeal with its depth, added rigidity and stability, as well as the ability to diffuse light. Panels were constructed of the textured copper face pan, stainless steel backer for strength and corrosion resistance, and a poly-honeycomb core for its ability to withstand constant high-moisture environments and eliminate any risk of galvanic corrosion (as opposed to an aluminum honeycomb core). For installation, the panels were attached, on site, to adjustable brass brackets that were affixed to the cave walls.
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Custom Patterns In Metal 



Rigidized® Metals Corporation is excited to begin offering online web based design tools allowing users to customize their products. Our first beta version allows users to create custom bump patterns on metal sheets. Give it a try at this link: Custom Rigi-Bump®
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Reflector Panels 

University of Massachusetts
University Crossing – Campus Center Project
Lowell, MA

CW Keller Panel Installation:


The reflector panels, as they are called by the University of Massachusetts-Lowell, reside in the University Crossing Campus Center. “This student center is designed to serve as the ‘living room’ of the UMass Lowell community. As the new home to our student clubs and organizations, it will be a place designed to foster student engagement, entrepreneurship and social activism, and to encourage service to others,” said Associate Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs Larry Siegel. The reflector panels serve both as art and as a means of reflecting and disseminating natural light flowing in through the high windows in the main gathering area.

Panel in the Rigidized fabricating department:


"This project represents the culmination of many efforts here at Rigidized Metals: the fabrication and lamination of deep textured panels of a very complex geometry, and the extensive collaboration and cooperation between multiple designers and our fabrication team. The panels are stunning, and both the architect and the Rigidized fabrication team should be very pleased and proud of their efforts." Chip Skop Director of Sales & Marketing

Material: 304 #4
Gauge: 20 gauge (.036”)
Pattern: 1HM
*laminated to a .408'' thick aluminum honeycomb core
*1/2'' overall panel thickness
*returns all sides - welded and polished corners
*backer: .036 304 satin 1HM (2 pc construction)

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Rigidized® Metals at Tex-Fab 14 


From Chip Skop the Director of Sales and Marketing:

"Last week we attended the TEX-FAB 2014 in Austin, TX. The conference was very well attended, with many excellent contacts made. One of the main features of the conference was none other than 3xLP. The work of Chris Romano and Nick Bruscia (from the University of Buffalo, School of Architecture and Planning) and RMC was recognized as groundbreaking. The latest iteration of 3xLP was exhibited at the event, and Nick and Chris gave a well-attended and well received talk on the process of taking the project from concept to completion. They were very gracious with their praise of RMC and our ability to collaborate, interact, and execute."
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3XmT Takes Top Award: Architect’s Newspaper 2013 Best of Design Award for Fabrication! 



From Chip Skop, Director-Sales & Marketing:

"Nick Bruscia, Chris Romano, and their team, along with the RDGZRS (Rigidized Team) should be congratulated for such an awesome accomplishment! Words do not adequately convey the sense of pride and accomplishment we all feel. Cheers to a job well done. May there be many more to follow."


Link to Architect's Newspaper Article

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