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Winter 2005

Copper Shines on Prime Time

A copper roof was installed on Paul and Cindy Teas’ home on the campgrounds of Camp Barnabas, a camp for children with special needs in southwest Missouri, for an episode of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. The Copper Development Association donated three tons of copper sheet for the project, which was seen by some 17 million viewers when it aired this fall on ABC-TV.

The Copper Development Association is proud to have taken part in the construction of new facilities recently at a Missouri summer camp for children with special needs. The project was featured in an episode of ABC’s top-rated television program, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, and seen by some 17 million viewers.

CDA contributed 6,000 square feet of copper sheet, used to build a standing seam copper roof, exterior flashing, gutters and a custom-made cupola for the house where camp founders and operators Paul and Cindy Teas live with their two children. “This house has some fantastic copper treatments on it,” said ABC cast member and designer Tanya McQueen during the special two-hour prime-time broadcast that aired in October.

The episode documents the addition of three new buildings on the grounds of Camp Barnabas, a charitable facility dedicated to helping disabled children enjoy the experience of summer camp. Copper plumbing and wiring was used throughout the three-building project.

“When we heard of this very worthwhile project, we responded with a ‘ton’ of copper,” says Ken Geremia, communications manager, CDA. “Actually, it was three tons of copper in all. We hope the Teas will enjoy their new home and that the campers will benefit from the quality of the copper products provided.” The copper sheet was fabricated and installed by Cowin Custom Sheetmetal of Bella Vista, Ark. Daniel Cowin, president, said the standing seam roof they installed will keep the Teas’ new home looking good for many years to come.

A labor of love, Camp Barnabas was started 10 years ago by the Teas, who purchased the 60-year-old camp using their retirement funds and savings.

Named after St. Barnabas, the patron saint of encouragement, more than 1,000 children attend Camp Barnabas each year to enjoy traditional camp activities like horseback riding, canoeing, hiking, swimming, rock climbing and more.


Dean Johnson, host of the popular PBS-TV show Hometime, works on a unique copperclad entry during a remodel of a 1950s ranchstyle house in Minneapolis.

Another home improvement television show, Hometime, also put the spotlight on copper in a recent episode. This long-running PBS series, which regularly showcases copper products, documented the installation of a copper-clad entry on a recent remodel of a 1950s ranch-style house in the Lakes Region of Minneapolis.

“There’s nothing like copper to put on a house,” said installer Dan Hilldebrand. Show host Dean Johnson said, “The copper will age gracefully, developing a dark brown, then bluegreen, patina that protects the metal from corrosion. Its durability is legendary — there are original copper roofs in Europe and America that are more than 200 years old.”

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