Copper Industry Honors Recipients of Architecture Awards Program

June 26, 2008


Top three historic renovation and new construction projects are recognized for innovative use of copper

NEW YORK, NY— A historic hotel landmark, a great cathedral reminiscent of the Middle Ages and a private guesthouse in New York's Adirondack State Forest are among the architectural projects honored by the copper industry for their innovative use of copper and copper alloys.

The Copper Development Association (CDA), in collaboration with the Canadian Copper & Brass Development Association (CCBDA), has announced the recipients of the North American Copper in Architecture Awards program.

Projects were selected from two categories: Historic Restoration and New Construction.

The awardees for Historic Restoration include:

  • The Plaza Hotel, New York, NY
    James R. Gainfort Consulting Architects
    Nicholson & Galloway, Eagle One Roofing
  • La Basilique Notre-Dame de Montreal, Montréal, Quebéc, Canada
    Architects Faucher Aubertin Brodeur Gauthier
    Les couvertures St- Léonard, Inc. (contractor)
  • Library of Parliament, Ottawa, Ontario Canada
    Ogilvie & Hogg
    Les Architectes Desnoyers Mercure & Associés
    Spencer R. Higgens, Architect Incorporated
    Heather & Little Limited

The awardees for New Construction include:

  • Stuckeman Family Building, Penn State University,
    The School of Architecture & Landscape Architecture,
    Penn State University, University Park, PA
    WTW Architects
    Overland Partners Architects
  • Canadian War Museum, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
    Moriyama & Teshima Architects
    Griffith Rankin Cook Architects
    Flynn Canada, Ltd.
  • Inverted Guest House, Lake George, NY
    Peter L. Gluck & Partners

The projects were judged by members of CDA's and CCBDA's Building Construction Architectural Team, which includes architectural and copper industry experts. Nearly 50 projects were recommended and approved.

The recipients of this year's award program were selected based on overall building design, integration of copper systems, craft of copper installation, and excellence in innovation or historic restoration.

Projects receiving honorable mention for New Construction include:

  • Copper Falls (private residence), Pittsburgh, PA, Desmone & Associates Architects
  • Bethel Woods Performing Arts Center, Woodstock, NY, Westlake Reed Leskosky
  • Park Synagogue East, Pepper Pike, OH, Mark Simon, FAIA with Edward J. Keagle, AIA of Centerbrook Architects and Planners
  • 1630 California Street (40-unit residential condominium complex) San Francisco, CA, Stephen Antonaros Architect
  • Marble Peters Caruth Center for the Communities Foundation of Texas, Dallas, TX, Booziotis & Company Architects, Armetco Systems

Andy Kireta Jr., CDA's vice president for Building Construction Markets, described the award program as a recognition of achievement for each of the recipients, rather than a competition.

"We had so many great projects to choose from throughout North America," he said. "The hardest part was choosing the top three projects in each category. At the heart of this program is the fact that copper remains an attractive, durable and recognizable material in the building industry, whether it's used for historic renovation or new construction."

Projects identified for consideration in the North American Copper in Architecture Awards program included universities, houses of worship, government buildings, museums and residential complexes. The program is intended to increase public awareness and promote excellence in architectural copper design for buildings constructed throughout the United States and Canada during the past five years.

The architects, and in some cases the contractors, received replicas of their project on a copper plaque. All of the projects, including photos, are currently featured on CDA's newly designed Web site.

Photos available on request