10 US and Five Canadian Projects Receive Copper Architecture Award

April 19, 2019


The North American Copper in Architecture Awards program recognizes excellent uses of copper in residential, educational and government buildings

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 Subcontractor: Kovach Building Enclosures

Gap Cove House – Rockport, Massachusetts

Application: Wall cladding
Architect: Ruhl Studio Architects
Sheet Metal Contractor: Paul John and Son

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

Application: Wall cladding
Architect: Formline Architecture

Midtown Center – Washington D.C.

Application: Wall cladding
PR Manager: SHoP Architects
Facade Contractor (Fabricator and Installer): Oldcastle Building Envelope

Coolidge Corner School – Brookline, Massachusetts

Application: Wall cladding
Architect: HMFH Architects, Inc.
Roofing Contractor:
Stanley Roofing Company, Inc.

Hidden Path Residence – Shelter Island, New York

Application: Wall cladding
Architect: Bohlin Cywinski Jackson
Roofing Contractor: TRM Enterprises

Lamplighter School Innovation Lab – Fayetteville, Arkansas

Application: Wall cladding
Architect: Marlon Blackwell Architects
Sheet Metal Contractor: Sterling Roof System

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.

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 - Historic Building: Couverture Montréal Nord

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

Postal Station B – Ottawa, Ontario

Application: Roofing
Architect: Schoeler Heaton & Robertson Martin Architects in Joint Venture
Sheet Metal Contractor: Heather and Little Ltd.

Steeples Square – Dubuque, Iowa

Application: Exterior ornamentals, roof restoration
Sheet Metal Contractor: The Durable Restoration Company
Architect: Jeffrey Morton Associated

Voltigeurs de Québec Armoury – Québec, Quebec

Application: Roofing
Architect: Architecture49, DFS Architecture & Design and STGM Architectes in Joint Venture 
Sheet Metal Contractor: Toitures Falardeau


Senate of Canada – Ottawa, Ontario

Application: Interior applications
Architect: Diamond Schmitt Architects & KWC Architects, Architects in Joint Venture
Bronze Fabrication: MCM 2001