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10 US and Five Canadian Projects Receive Copper Architecture Award

10 US and Five Canadian Projects Receive Copper Architecture Award

McLean, VA – From a new copper clad university building seeking LEED accreditation to a restored 100-year-old copper roof, 15 unique and creative buildings from the United States and Canada recently earned a spot among the 2019 North American Copper in Architecture (NACIA) award-winners.

The NACIA awards program, organized by the Copper Development Association (CDA) and the Canadian Copper & Brass Development Association (CCBDA), recognizes and promotes building projects in the United States and Canada for their outstanding use of architectural copper and copper alloys. The annual awards program showcases a wide range of projects, all of which highlight craftsmanship, attention to detail and architectural vision.

“The 2019 winners display a great balance of innovative wall cladding structures and historical restoration projects, which is very indicative of the architectural trends we’re seeing across North America,” said Stephen Knapp, the director of the Strip, Sheet, & Plate Council for CDA. “Copper is truly one of the most versatile and sustainable building materials available. As the green building trend continues, we expect to see the material increasingly utilized to achieve various certifications and environmental goals.”

For example, the design team for Arizona State University’s LEED Platinum seeking building, the Biodesign Institute C, specified the metal specifically for its eco-friendly properties. The 2019 NACIA winner is wrapped in a screen of thousands of perforated, naturally finished copper panels that contribute to the building’s energy efficiency and sustainability targets.

Additionally, tens of thousands of pounds of copper were used by the award-winning firms to complete nine wall-cladding projects, five roofing restoration projects and one interior ornamental application; these include five educational buildings, four government facilities, two residences, a museum, a performing and visual arts center, a retail complex, and a community center. In total, five Canadian and 10 U.S.-based projects received an award.

Since its launch in 2008, the NACIA awards program has awarded 144 projects across three categories: new construction, restoration and ornamental applications. All submissions are judged and reviewed by a panel of copper and architectural experts based on building design, use of copper and technique throughout the project, copper installation, and when applicable, historic renovation. This year’s award-winners include the following projects:

New Construction

Arizona State University, Biodesign Institute C – Tempe, Arizona


Application: Wall cladding

Architect: ZGF

Exterior Envelope Sub-contractor:  Kovach Building Enclosures

Coolidge Corner School – Brookline, Massachusetts


Application: Wall cladding

Architect: HMFH Architects, Inc.

Roofing Contractor: Stanley Roofing Company, Inc.

Gap Cove House – Rockport, Massachusetts


Application: Wall cladding

Architect: Ruhl Studio Architects

Sheet Metal Contractor: Paul John and Son

Hidden Path Residence – Shelter Island, New York


Application: Wall cladding

Architect: Bohlin Cywinski Jackson

Roofing Contractor: TRM Enterprises


Indian Residential School History and Dialogue Centre – Vancouver, BC. , British Columbia


Application: Wall cladding

Architect: Formline Architecture


Lamplighter School Innovation Lab – Fayetteville, Arkansas


Application: Wall cladding

Architect: Marlon Blackwell Architects

Sheet Metal Contractor: Sterling Roof Systems

Midtown Center – Washington D.C.


Application: Wall cladding

Architect: SHoP Architects

Facade Contractor (Fabricator and Installer):Oldcastle Building Envelope

Pablo Center at the Confluence – Eau Claire, Wisconsin


Application: Roof construction and wall cladding

Architect: Holzman Moss Bottino Architecture

Sheet Metal Contractor: Division V Sheet Metal


Dartmouth College Baker Tower Renovations – Hanover, New Hampshire


Application: Roofing, bell tower restoration

Sheet Metal Contractor: Mahan Slate Roofing Co., Inc.

Postal Station B – Ottawa, Ontario


Application: Roofing

Architect: Schoeler Heaton & Robertson Martin Architects in Joint Venture

Sheet Metal Contractor: Heather and Little Ltd.

Saint Roch de l’Achigan City Hall – Saint Roch de l’Achigan, Quebec


Application: Roofing, façade, exterior ornamentals restoration

Architect: Affleck de la Riva architectes

Sheet Metal Contractor: Couverture Montréal Nord

Steeples Square – Dubuque, Iowa


Application: Exterior ornamentals, roof restoration

Architect: Jeffrey Morton Associated

Sheet Metal Contractor: The Durable Restoration Company


The Hispanic Society of America Museum and Library – New York , New York


Application: Roof replacement

Consulting Architect: WJE Engineers & Architects, P.C.

Sheet Metal Fabricator: Gotham Metalworks 

Voltigeurs de Québec Armoury – Québec, Quebec


Application: Roofing

Architect: Architecture49 Inc.

Sheet Metal Contractor: Toitures Falardeau


Senate of Canada – Ottawa, Ontario


Application: Interior applications

Architect: Diamond Schmitt Architects & KWC Architects in Joint Venture

Bronze Fabrication: MCM 2001