On April 11 the National Building Museum honored DuPont with the 2002 Honor Award for its contributions to the design and building industries. Known in the residential construction industry for products like Tyvek housewrap, Corian and Zodiaq surfacing, and StainMaster, the company also developed innovations like Kevlar, a synthetic fabric used to make bulletproof vests and protect buildings from blasts, and Butacite, an interlayer for laminated glass that makes buildings safer and more efficient.

The award coincides with DuPont's 200th anniversary. The company began in 1802 as a manufacturer of explosive powders. After decades of scientific discoveries, the company has grown into 70 countries with more than 85,000 employees worldwide, developing a reputation as one of the safest and most innovative companies in the world.

In receiving the Honor Award, which has been given annually since 1986, DuPont joins past winners like IBM, Lady Bird Johnson, The Walt Disney Company, and the Rockefeller family.

"We're delighted that the National Building Museum has chosen to present DuPont with their prestigious Honor Award," said DuPont chairman and CEO Charles Holliday Jr., in a press release. "The recognition is especially gratifying since it comes as we celebrate 200 years of science serving people around the world."