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Copper inspires award-winning architectural designs


June 8, 2016
by Canadian Architect

Twelve building projects have received a 2016 North American Copper in Architecture Award (NACIA), including three Canadian entries.

The awards, organized by the Copper Development Association (CDA) and the Canadian Copper & Brass Development Association (CCBDA), recognize and promote building projects in the United States and Canada for their outstanding use of architectural copper and copper alloys.  Now in its ninth year, the awards program saw various submissions featuring new and improved building applications that utilize copper.

“Copper has been used architecturally for centuries, but every year I’m impressed by the ingenious and unconventional applications architects derive from this age-old metal,” said Stephen Knapp, of CDA. “The award winning projects exemplify not only the formability and durability of copper, but the incredible diversity in the world of architecture.”

This year’s winners consisted of a mix of new and historic buildings using copper in innovative designs and for restoration purposes.  Among the copper projects selected this year were two new homes, a medical centre building, a museum and academic facilities just to name a few.

Several Canadian projects were awarded, such as the roof replacement of the Currie and Mackenzie Buildings of the Royal Military College in Kingston, Ontario. Built in 1876, the Mackenzie Building is considered one of the top 10 most significant heritage buildings in Canada.  The replacement included all new and restored copper cornices, acanthus leaves, dormer cladding and ornamentation. The copper detailing on both buildings was carefully studied, replicated where appropriate, and improved at locations where issues of expansion or failure were apparent.

Since its launch in 2008, projects are selected across three different categories: New Construction, Renovation/Restoration and Ornamental Applications.  This year’s award recipients include:

New Construction

Aperture 538 – Brooklyn, New York
Application: Wall Cladding
Architect: Luca Andrisani Architect
Copper Screen Fabricator: Hi-Tech Metals, Inc.

Photo Credit: Tai Zhang

Clearfork Campus – Fort Worth, Texas
Application: Wall Cladding
Architect: Cunningham Architects
General Contractor: Fort Construction
Sheet Metal Contractor:  Ramon Franklin, LLC.

 Photo Credit: James F. Wilson

Columbus Museum of Art Margaret M. Walter Wing – Columbus, Ohio
Application: Wall Cladding
Architect: DesignGroup
General Contractor: Corna Kokosing
Copper Panel Installer: Phinney Industrial Roofing Inc.

Photo Credit: Brad Feinknopf

David Braley Health Science Centre – Hamilton, Ontario
Application: Wall Cladding
Architect: NORR Architects Engineers and Planners
Sheet Metal Contractor: Westmount Storefront Systems LTD.
General Contractor: Ball Construction
Copper Specialty Finish: DLSS Manufacturing
Owner: McMaster University

Photo Credit: Erik Berg

Eagle Harbor Market Building – Bainbridge Island, Washington
Application: Wall Cladding
Architect: Coates Design Architects
Sheet Metal Contractor:  Marvin Sheet Metal LLC.
Architectural Metal Company: Dissimilar Metal Design
General Contractor: PHC Construction

Photo Credit: Dissimilar Metal Design

Parkland Hall at Old Parkland – Dallas, Texas
Application: Dome Restoration
Architect: Ed McGonigle with Beck Architecture LLC
Specialty Roofing Contractor:  CopperWorks Corp.
Main Roofing Contractor: BRI Commercial Roofing 

Photo Credit: Beck Group

Wood House- Chicago, Illinois
Application: Exterior Ornamental, Interior Ornamental
Architect: Brininstool + Lynch, Ltd.
Sheet Metal Contractor:  Chicago Copper and Iron Works Inc.
General Contractor:  Goldberg General Contracting

Photo Credit: Christopher Barrett

Renovation/Restoration

Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) – Washington, District of Columbia
Application: Roofing, Exterior Ornamental
Sheet Metal Contractor: James R. Walls Contracting Co., Inc.

Photo Credit: James R. Walls Contracting Co., Inc.

Harvard Law School Langdell Hall Roof Replacement – Cambridge, Massachusetts
Application: Roofing, Exterior Ornamental
General Contractor: Consigli Construction Co., Inc.
Architect: Baker | Wohl Architects
Roofing Contractor: Titan Roofing, Inc.
Envelope Consultant: Simpson Gumpertz & Heger
Owner: Harvard Law School

Photo Credit: Mathew Kuzmik

USNA Maury Hall – Annapolis, Maryland
Application: Roofing, Exterior Ornamental
Architect: PWD Annapolis
Sheet Metal Contractor: Wagner Roofing Company
General Contractor:  C.E.R.

Photo Credit: Joe Guido

Currie and Mackenzie Building Roof Replacement, Royal Military College – Kingston, Ontario
Application: Roofing, Exterior Ornamental
Architect: Colbourne & Kembel, Architects Inc.
Sheet Metal Contractor: Ultimate Construction Inc.
Technical Consultant: Ball Technical Services
General Contractor: Limen Group Const. Ltd.
Heritage Preservation Consultant: Andre Scheinman
Owner: Royal Military College

Photo Credit: Colbourne & Kembel

Ornamental Application

Hermant Building- Toronto, Ontario
Application: Doors, Exterior Ornamental
Architect: ERA Architects Inc.
Sheet Metal Contractor: Heather & Little Limited

Photo Credit: Heather & Little Limited

The awards program steady growth inspired CDA and CCBDA –to host the second annual NACIA Awards Ceremony, which was held in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania at Power Plant Productions on May 19.

The 2016 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.



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