Copper in Architecture Award Program Celebrates 10 Years

It is impossible to miss the Staten Island Courthouse that stands overlooking the New York harbor. The building’s four copper-clad towers catch the morning light, acting as a beacon for those arriving by ferry. The facility’s use of copper earned it a spot among the top 15 building projects receiving a 2017 North American Copper in Architecture Award (NACIA).
The NACIA program recognizes and promotes North American building projects for their use of architectural copper and copper alloys. Now in its 10th year, the annual awards program showcases a wide range of projects, all of which highlight craftsmanship, attention to detail and architectural vision.

“The quality of the copper projects submitted over the past ten years is inspiring,” says Stephen Knapp, the director of the Sheet, Strip, & Plate Council for the Copper Development Association (CDA).  “Every year I am amazed by the ways copper is being applied.”

Four years after receiving its first NACIA award, the University of Arizona is being honored again for its construction of the Biomedical Sciences Partnership Building on the Phoenix Biomedical Campus. The 10-story building’s texture is achieved by manipulating 90-95 percent recycled copper into perforated panels. Copper was selected for this project for its longevity and ability to protect against direct sun exposure, which reduces the buildings energy costs and contributes to its natural facade.

Five Canadian building projects were 2017 NACIA award recipients. The house at 166 Dovercourt Road features copper that displays the buildings nuanced design, while allowing it to blend with the Toronto neighborhood comprised of old Victorian houses. In addition, the renovation to the Saskatchewan Legislative Dome, which involved 28,000 pounds of copper, was also among the winners. Copper’s strength and appearance made it the obvious material of choice for both projects.
Established in 2008, the NACIA awards program is sponsored by industry representatives at CDA and the Canadian Copper & Brass Development Association (CCBDA). Projects are selected across three different categories: new construction, renovation/restoration and ornamental applications.  This year’s recipients:

New Construction

166 Dovercourt House – Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Application: Wall Cladding
Builder/Developer: Luloo Boutique Homes
General Contractor: Mazifa Corp
Copper Manufacturer: Copper in Design
Biomedical Sciences Partnership Building on the Phoenix Biomedical Campus – Phoenix, Ariz.
Application: Roofing, Exterior Cladding
Architect: CO Architects
Sheet Metal Contractor: Kovach Building Enclosures
210 Pacific Street – Brooklyn, New York
Application: Wall Cladding
Builder/Developer: NAVA
Sheet Metal Contractor: Fine Metal Roof Tech
Private Residence – Gurley, Ala.
Application:  Roofing, Exterior Ornamental
Architect: Nola | VanPeursem Architects PC
Sheet Metal Contractor: CopperWorks Corp.
Private Residence – Juneau, Alaska
Application:  Roofing, Exterior Ornamental
Sheet Metal Contractor: Fine Metal Roof Tech
Staten Island Courthouse, St. George – Staten Island, N.Y.
Application: Wall Cladding
Architect: Ennead Architects
Curtainwall Consultant: Heintges & Associates
Wet Weather Pump Station – Hoboken, N.J.
Application: Wall Cladding
Architect/Builder: nastasi architects


31 East 74th St. – New York City
Application: Wall Cladding, Exterior Ornamental
Architect: Beyer Blinder Belle Architects & Planners LLP
Sheet Metal Manufacturer: B&B Sheet Metal Inc.
Sub-Contractor: Apple Restoration & Waterproofing Inc.
Boston Private Residence – Alexandria, Vir.
Application: Roofing
Consulting Architect: Restoration Engineering Inc.
Sheet Metal Contractor: Wagner Roofing Co.

Centre Block of the Canadian Parliament – Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Application:  Roofing, Exterior Ornamental
Architect: Architecture EVOQ inc.
Sheet Metal Contractor: Heather & Little Limited
Historic Fayette County Courthouse – Lexington, Ky.
Application:  Roofing, Exterior Ornamental
Architect: K. Norman Berry Associates Architects PLLC
Sheet Metal Contractor: Steinrock Roofing & Sheet Metal Inc.
Le Windsor-Mansard Rehabilitation Project – Montreal, Quebec
Application:  Roofing, Exterior Ornamental
Architect: DMA Architectes s.e.n.c.r.l.
Sheet Metal Contractor: Toitures Trois Étoiles Inc.
Saskatchewan Legislative Building Dome Conservation – Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada
Application:  Dome Restoration
Conservation Architect: Spencer R. Higgins Architect Inc.
Sheet Metal Contractor: Empire Restoration Inc.
Construction Managers: PCL Construction Management Inc.

Vedanta Temple – San Francisco, Calif.
Application:  Roofing, Exterior Ornamental
Sheet Metal Contractor: Hans Liebscher Custom Copperworks


The Wellington Building Renovation Project – Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Application:  Interior Ornamental
Architect: NORR Limited Architects, Engineers & Planners
Roofing Contractor: Raymond and Associates Roofing Inc.
To commemorate the 10 anniversary of the NACIA Awards, the copper, architectural and construction industries, and the general public selected 10 top projects from the last decade, which feature a mix of historic and modern buildings using copper. Among the award-winning copper projects were two museums, a medical facility, two city hall buildings and an academic library.  The 10th anniversary award winners:
NACIA 10 Anniversary Winners

  • Canadian National War Museum
  • Currie & Mackenzie Buildings RMC
  • Filene Center at Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts
  • Harvard University Tozzer Library
  • Health Sciences Education Building on the Phoenix Biomedical Campus
  • Kansas Statehouse Copper Dome & Roof Replacement
  • Milwaukee City Hall
  • Montreal City Hall
  • Natural History Museum of Utah 
  • Private Residence

The NACIA building 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.
CDA hosted an awards ceremony in Orlando. To view each project, including photos and profiles, visit the CDA website.

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