Miller profiles unique cladding material in Architecture MN

Nancy Miller (Center for World Heritage Studies) profiles architect David Salmela's pioneering use of Richlite, a paper-based composite, as a cladding material in the Hawks Boots Manufacturing Facility in Duluth. "Richlite is composed of layers of recycled paper soaked with phenolic resin and compressed under heat and pressure," writes Miller. "The resulting material is a solid surface -- durable and waterproof like plastic, but with the warmth and aesthetic character of wood."

Miller also wrote two articles in the issue, recognizing 2008 AIA Minnesota Honor Award winners. "Sea Green" acknowledges the design for the Charles Hostler Student Center at the American University of Beirut and "In the Material World" honors the Blessed Sacrament Chapel at St. John's Abbey in Collegeville, MN.