Copper Industry Honors Churches, Academic Facilities and Historic Government Buildings with Architectural Awards Program

June 28, 2013


New and Restored Copper Roofs and Wall-cladding Systems Lead the Way in the 2013 North American Copper in Architecture (NACIA) Awards

NEW YORK, NY— A courthouse where a  landmark civil rights case took place, a high school in New York City named after the 26th U.S. President and a historic Presbyterian church near the famed “Magnificent Mile” are among this year’s top honorees receiving a North American Copper in Architecture Award.

The copper industry is recognizing 14 new and recently restored buildings in the U.S. and Canada that utilize architectural copper and copper alloys in their design.  The 2013 NACIA award recipients include government buildings, academic facilities, houses of worship, an upscale residence on Daniel Island, and many more.

Constructed in 1828, the Old Courthouse in St. Louis, Missouri is one of the country’s most prominent architectural landmarks, and has been the site for several important legal cases, including the first two trials leading up to the Dred Scott decision, in which an African-American slave fought for his freedom. To preserve this important piece of American history, the iconic building recently underwent a massive restoration, which involved the installation of a brand new copper roof.

Another beautiful copper restoration can be seen at Theodore Roosevelt High School in the Bronx. This restoration returned the roof of the private high school to its original design and provided a waterproofing system to help extend the life of the building.

Additional award recipients included new construction projects, such as the expansion of the Fourth Presbyterian Church of Chicago. In its decision to expand, the parish wanted a design that represented a commitment towards the future while respecting the past.  To accomplish this vision, pre-patinated copper was used extensively on the new Genevieve and Wayne Gratz Center, an 80,000-square-foot addition built for the church’s outreach programs.  Because copper had already adorned the church ornamentally, it allowed the new structure to blend with and embellish the existing structure.

All of these prestigious projects have one thing in common: copper.  Known as mankind’s oldest metal, copper not only delivers an unparalleled beauty—it provides durability, longevity and sustainability, making it a preferred building construction material, time and time again.

Established in 2008, The NACIA awards program promotes projects that display innovation and excellence in architectural copper applications, showcasing a wide range of design, detail and craftsmanship. Sponsored by industry representatives at the Copper Development Association (CDA) and the Canadian Copper & Brass Development Association (CCBDA), the awards recognize projects across three different categories: New Construction, Renovation/Restoration and Ornamental Applications.

For the second year in a row, educational facilities earned five awards. Notable projects included the Health Sciences Education Building on the Phoenix Biomedical Campus—which was constructed using approximately 250,000 pounds of recycled copper—and the roof replacement of Kingswood High School in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, which exhibits one of the largest copper roofs in the United States even after 70 years.

“The quality and diversity of the projects continue to impress us with their innovative and striking use of architectural copper,” said Andy Kireta Jr., vice president of CDA’s Building Construction program. “From intricate wall-cladding systems to interior applications using different alloys, we continue to see this age-old metal being used in new and innovative ways.”

New Construction:

GateWay Community College Integrated Education Building (Phoenix, Arizona)
Application: Exterior Wall Cladding
Architect: SmithGroupJJR
General Contractor: CORE Construction
Primary Owner:  GateWay Community College
Landscape Architect: SmithGroupJJR
Civil Engineer: Dibble Engineering
Structural Engineer: Paragon Structural Design, Inc.

University of Arizona Health Sciences Education Building on the Phoenix Biomedical Campus (Phoenix, Arizona)
Application: Exterior Wall Cladding
Sheet Metal Contractor:  Kovach Building Enclosures
General Contractor: DPR Construction • Sundt Construction, Inc., a Joint-Venture
Architect: CO Architects in association with Ayers Saint Gross
Owner: The University of Arizona

Museum of American Art–Crystal Bridges (Bentonville, Arkansas)
Application: Roofing
Sheet Metal Contractor: MG McGrath, Inc.
Architect: Safdie Architects
General Contractor: Nabholz|Linbeck (Joint Venture) 
Sheet Metal Contractor: MG McGrath, Inc. 

Maricopa County Downtown Court Tower (Phoenix, Arizona)
Application: Exterior Wall Cladding/Exterior Ornamental
Architect, Lead Designer: gouldevans
Design Assist Subcontractor: Kovach Building Enclosures

Nassau Community College Life Sciences Building (Long Island, New York)
Application: Exterior Wall Cladding
Architect: Cannon Design
Façade Engineer: Pohl Inc. of America
Project Manager: Aurora Contractors, Inc.
Construction Manager: Jacobs Construction Management

The Genevieve and Wayne Gratz Center at Fourth Presbyterian Church (Chicago, Illinois)
Application: Interior/Exterior Ornamental
Architect: Gensler
General Contractor: Turner Construction or Turner Construction Company
Owner: The Fourth Presbyterian Church of Chicago
Sheet Metal Contractor: Tuschall Engineering
Owner's Rep: U.S. Equities

Private Home, Phillip Smith G.C. (Daniel Island in Charleston, South Carolina)
Application: Roofing
Sheet Metal Contractor: Wells Roofing Corporation
General Contractor: Phillip Smith G.C.


Filene Center at Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts (Vienna, Virginia)
Application: Roof Restoration
Sheet Metal Contractor:  The James Myers Company, Inc.
General Contractor: MarChuk Construction Company, Inc.

Kingswood School (Bloomfield Hills, Michigan)
Application: Roof Restoration
Architect: Quinn Evans Architects
Construction Manager: Skanska USA Building
Sheet Metal Contractor: Custom Architectural Sheetmetal Specialists, Inc.
Roofing Specialist: Vander Broek Roofing Company

Basilica of St. Adalbert (Grand Rapids, Michigan)
Application: Exterior Ornamental: Domes Restoration
Architect of Record: Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc.
Sheet Metal Contractor:  Grand River Builders, Inc.
General Contractor: Owen-Ames-Kimball Co.

Old Courthouse (St. Louis, Missouri)
Application: Roof Restoration
Architect:  Quinn Evans Architects
Sheet Metal Contractor:  The Tradesmen Group, Inc.
Owner-Maintenance Supervisor of Building and Utilities: National Park Service, Jefferson National Expansion Memorial

Trafalgar Condominium Apartments (Montreal, Quebec)
Application: Roof Restoration
Architect, Project Manager: DFS Inc. architecture & design
General Contractor: Maçonnerie Rainville et frères inc.
Sheet Metal Contractor: Couvreur Verdun Inc.

Theodore Roosevelt High School (Bronx, New York)
Application: Exterior Wall Cladding/Exterior Ornamental
General Contractor, Installer: Pro-Metal Construction Inc.
Architect: STV Incorporated
Fabricator: B&B Sheet Metal Inc.
Director Design Studio 1: NYC School Construction Authority


Rideau Hall Front Entrance Handrail (Ottawa, Ontario)
Application: Front Entrance Handrail
Architect: Fournier Gersovitz Moss Drolet et associés architectes
Architect - Project Manager: Real Estate Management, Design and Construction Branch
National Capital Commission
Fabricator: C.D.M. Ltd.

All projects were judged by a panel of architectural and copper industry experts. Entries were evaluated based upon overall building design, integration of copper, craft of copper installation and excellence in innovation or historic restoration. To view each project, including photos and profiles, visit the Copper in Architecture Awards website.