Fifteen projects across the United States and Canada were recognized for outstanding application of architectural copper and copper alloys at the 2018 North American Copper in Architecture (NACIA) awards, presented by the Copper Development Association (CDA) and the Canadian Copper & Brass Development Association (CCBDA). The awards program celebrated a range of building types, including educational facilities, government buildings, and religious structures.
Among this year’s winners was Holbrook PreK-12 School in Massachusetts, which was honored in the New Construction category. Designed by Flansburgh Architects, the front curve of the 20,193-m2 (217,353-sf) facility features a distinctive pre-patina copper panel system, encompassing nearly 50 percent of its exterior surface. More than 11,500 interlocking panels cover 3066 m2 (33,000 sf) of the building’s envelope.
“Architects and contractors continue to develop innovative and impressive designs that speak to copper’s formability, durability, and unique weathering characteristics,” said Stephen Knapp, director of CDA’s Strip, Sheet, & Plate Council. “Copper may be referred to as mankind’s oldest metal, but it certainly is not antiquated. In fact, as green building trends continue, we expect specification of copper to increase in order to meet various sustainable building standards.”
Bradford County Courthouse in Towanda, Pennsylvania, was recognized in NACIA’s Renovation/Restoration category for its recent roof replacement. Architects from Hunt Engineers, Architects, & Land Surveyors selected batten seam copper roofing as the replacement material due to its long service life, appropriateness for the structure’s historic era, and ability to retain snow. The installation, which also included ornamental applications, incorporated more than 17 tonnes (19 tons) of copper.
Other winners include:
- 130 Plumbers Training Facility–Chicago (Gensler);
- 325 Kent Avenue–Brooklyn, New York (SHoP Architects);
- 400 Dexter–Seattle (CollinsWoerman);
- The American Copper Buildings–New York (SHoP Architects);
- Holy Name of Jesus Cathedral–Raleigh, North Carolina;
- Shane Homes YMCA at Rocky Ridge–Calgary, Alberta (GEC Architecture); and
- St. Elias Ukrainian Catholic Church–Brampton, Ontario (Zimmerman Workshop Architecture + Design).
- Colorado State Capitol–Denver (Humphries Poli Architects);
- Holy Transfiguration Orthodox Church–New Haven, Connecticut;
- The Hadrian, Cornice Replication–New York (Jan Hird Pokorny Associates);
- Union Station–Toronto, Ontario (+VG Architects–The Ventin Group); and
- West Block Rehabilitation Project Parliamentary Hill–Ottawa, Ontario (Arcop/Fournier Gersovitz Moss Drolet Architects).
- Museum of the Bible–Washington D.C. (A. Zahner Company).
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