Twelve Building Projects Receive North American Copper in Architecture Award

It’s a tale of two buildings when it comes to the Laurel and Oak Hall academic centers at the University of Connecticut, Storrs Campus. Joined together by copper and brick, the two halls are unified into a memorable landscape space for students. Today, the seamless architectural application and style of these two new buildings earned them a spot as one of the top 12 building projects receiving a 2015 North American Copper in Architecture Award (NACIA).

The NACIA Awards program recognizes and promotes North American building projects for their outstanding use of architectural copper and copper alloys. In its eighth year, the awards program continues to see a growing number of submissions, inspiring the first-ever North American Copper in Architecture Awards Ceremony, which was held in Atlanta at the Fuse Arts Center on May 14.

“Every year, we’re impressed by the number of quality award submissions that we receive for the program,” says Stephen Knapp, of CDA. “We couldn’t be more pleased to see how many of these projects exemplify not only the sustainability and durability of copper, but the incredible diversity in the world of architecture.”

Another winning project, the NYC Public School 39K – The Landmark School, is one such example of the diversity of copper use within architecture. Founded in 1877, this 138-year-old building in Park Slope, Brooklyn, is one of the nation’s oldest schools continuing to serve its original function. The building’s historic cornice was replaced with ornamental-formed copper because of the cost-effectiveness and natural malleability of copper.

The NACIA award recipients this year also include several museums and statehouses, such as the Kansas Statehouse Inner Dome Copper Restoration project. Standing at 306 feet in downtown Topeka, Kan., the statehouse is a prominent feature of the downtown skyline, standing 17 feet taller than the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. During the restoration project, great care was taken to protect the existing copper that intricately lines the inner dome during the process of stripping, cleaning, tinting and testing.

Sustainable and environmentally-friendly designs were also a common theme among this year’s award winners. In fact, three of the 12 winners utilized environmental, sustainable and energy-saving standards in the development of their projects. The New School – University Center, located at the intersection of Fifth Avenue and 14th Street in New York City, is a prime example. Standing 16 stories, the building is covered by muntz metal—a brass-like blend of copper and zinc—which provides a thermal envelope that maximizes daylight while minimizing heat gain.

Established in 2008, the NACIA awards program is sponsored by industry representatives at the Copper Development Association (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 include:

    New Construction

    Dumbarton Oaks Fellowship House – Washington, D.C.
    Application: Roofing, exterior ornamental
    Architect: Cunningham | Quill Architects PLLC
    Sheet metal contractor: Tecta America East LLC
    General contractor: Whiting Turner Contracting Co.

    Harvard University Tozzer Library – Cambridge, Mass.
    Application: Roofing, exterior ornamental
    Architect: Kennedy & Violich Architecture Ltd.
    Sheet metal contractor: Gilbert & Becker Co. Inc.
    General contractor: Consigli Construction Co. Inc.

    Irving Convention Center at Las Colinas – Irving, Texas
    Application: Wall cladding
    Architect: Studio Hillier
    Sheet metal contractor: A. Zahner Co.

    Laurel and Oak Halls, Social Sciences and Classroom – Storrs, Conn.
    Application: Wall cladding
    Architect: Leers Weinzapfel Associates
    Copper-siding Installer: Crocker Architectural Sheet Metal Co. Inc.
    General contractor: Skanska USA Building
    Green roof installer: Greenwood Industries

    Massachusetts General Hospital Paul S. Russell, MD – Boston
    Application: Wall cladding
    Architect: Leers Weinzapfel Associates
    Sheet metal contractor: John F. Shea Co.
    General contractor: Turner Construction Co.

    Orchard Willow Residence – Chicago
    Application: Wall cladding
    Architect: Wheeler Kearns Architects
    Sheet metal contractor: Tuschall Engineering
    General contractor: Norcon Inc.
    Structural engineering: Enspect Engineering
    Landscape architecture: McKay Landscape Architects

    Private Residence – Lookout Mountain, Tenn.
    Application: roofing, exterior ornamental
    Architect: McLaughlin & Associates
    Sheet metal contractor: CopperWorks Corp.
    General contractor: H.E. Ashley Contracting Co. Inc.

    University Center – New School – New York
    Application: Wall cladding
    Architect: Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP
    Consulting Architect: SLCE Architects LLP
    Sheet metal contractor: Gamma
    General contractor: Tischman Construction
    Owner: The New School
    Metal Finishing: Soheil Mosun Ltd.


    NYC Public School 39K – The Landmark School – Brooklyn, N.Y.
    Application: Historic restoration and roof cornice replacement
    Architect: Ivan Brice Architecture
    Sheet metal contractor: Gotham Metalworks

    Maine Statehouse Dome Restoration – Augusta, Maine
    Application: roof and dome restoration
    Architect: LEO A DALY
    Sheet metal contractor: The Heritage Co.
    General contractor: Consigli Construction Co. Inc.
    Roofing consultant: Independent Roofing Services

    Museum of Comparative Zoology – Cambridge, Mass.
    Application: Roofing and Exterior Restoration
    Architect: Perry and Radford Architects
    Sheet metal contractor: Gilbert & Becker Co. Inc.
    General contractor: Consigli Construction Co. Inc.

    Ornamental Application

    Kansas Statehouse Inner Dome Copper Restoration – Topeka, Kan.
    Application: dome restoration
    Architect: Treanor Architects
    Sheet metal contractor: Stuart Dean
    General contractor: JE Dunn Construction Co.

The 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. To view each project, including photos and profiles, visit the CDA website.

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