Canadian projects among North American Copper in Architecture winners

From a skyscraper towering over Manhattan’s East River to the exterior envelop of a preK-12 school, the copper industry recently awarded the top 15 buildings from across the United States and Canada with its 2018 North American Copper in Architecture (NACIA) Award for their outstanding use of architectural copper and copper alloys.  The winners include educational facilities, residential dwellings, government buildings and religious structures.

The NACIA awards program, established in 2008 by the Copper Development Association (CDA) and the Canadian Copper & Brass Development Association (CCBDA), recognizes and promotes copper buildings in the United States and Canada selected across three categories: New ConstructionRenovation/Restoration and Ornamental Applications.

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Shane Homes YMCA at Rocky Ridge – Calgary, Alberta. GEC Architects

“Architects and contractors continue to develop innovative and impressive designs that speak to copper’s formability, durability and unique weathering characteristics,” said Stephen Knapp, the director of the Strip, Sheet, & Plate Council for CDA. “Copper may be referred to as man-kind’s oldest metal, but it certainly isn’t antiquated. In fact, as green building trends continue, we expect specification of copper to increase in order to meet various sustainable building standards.”

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St. Elias Ukrainian Catholic Church – Brampton, Ontario. Zimmerman Workshop Architecture + Design

Several of the 2018 copper in architecture award-winners turned to copper for its sustainable properties including the LEED Gold targeted project, Shane Homes YMCA at Rocky Ridge. The project utilized copper to provide a unique blend of natural materials and colours. The building’s brass shingles capture the rolling prairie landscape of the Alberta Foothills just west of Calgary before entering the Rocky Mountains.

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Union Station Revitalization – Toronto, Ontario. +VG Architects – The Ventin Group Ltd.

Thousands of pounds of copper were used by the award-winning projects to clad and roof religious structures such as the Holy Name of Jesus Cathedral in Raleigh, North Carolina; government buildings such as West Block Rehabilitation Project Parliamentary Hill in Ottawa, Ontario; residential dwellings such as The American Copper Buildings in New York City; and education facilities such as the Local 130 Plumbers Training Facility in Chicago.

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West Block Rehabilitation, Parliament Hill – Ottawa, Ontario. Arcop/Fournier Gersovitz Moss Drolet Architects in Joint Venture

The copper in architecture submissions were judged and evaluated by a panel of copper industry and architecture experts based on overall building design, integration of copper, craft of copper installation and excellence in innovation or historic renovation. The 2018 award recipients were honoured at the annual NACIA Awards Ceremony on June 21 in New York City.

New Construction

130 Plumbers Training Facility – Chicago, Illinois

Application: Wall cladding
Architect: Gensler


325 Kent Avenue – Brooklyn, New York

Application: Wall cladding
Architect: SHoP Architects
Façade Fabricator: Hi-Tech Metals Inc.

400 Dexter – Seattle, Washington

Application: Wall cladding
Architect: CollinsWoerman
Sheet Metal Contractor: A. Zahner Company


The American Copper Buildings – New York, New York

Application: Wall cladding
Architect: SHoP Architects


Holbrook PreK-12 School – Holbrook, Massachusetts 

Application: Wall cladding
Architect: Flansburgh Architects
General Contractor: Consigli Construction Co., Inc.

Holy Name of Jesus Cathedral – Raleigh, North Carolina

Application: Roofing, dome construction
Sheet Metal Contractor: Baker Roofing Company

Shane Homes YMCA at Rocky Ridge – Calgary, Alberta 

Application: Wall cladding
Architect: GEC Architecture
Sheet Metal Contractor: Thermal Systems

St. Elias Ukrainian Catholic Church – Brampton, Ontario

Application: Dome construction
Architect: Zimmerman Workshop Architecture + Design


Bradford County Courthouse – Towanda, Pennsylvania

Application: Roofing, dome restoration
Architect: Hunt Engineers, Architects, Land Surveyors & Landscape Architect, DPC
Roof Consultant: Levine & Company, Inc.
Sheet Metal Contractor: Charles F. Evans Company, Inc.

Colorado State Capitol – Denver, Colorado

Application: Roofing
Architect: Humphries Poli Architects
Sheet Metal Contractor: Douglass Colony Group

Holy Transfiguration Orthodox Church – New Haven, Connecticut

Application: Roofing, dome restoration
Sheet Metal Contractor: The Roofer LLC

The Hadrian – Cornice Replication – New York, New York

Application: Exterior ornamentals, façade restoration
Architect: Jan Hird Pokorny Associates, Inc.
Manufacturer: Ornamentals Manufacturing, LLC.

Union Station – Toronto, Ontario

Application: Roofing
Architect: +VG Architects – The Ventin Group Ltd.
Sheet Metal Contractor: Semple Gooder Roofing Corporation

West Block Rehabilitation Project Parliament Hill – Ottawa, Ontario

Application: Roofing
Architects and Conservation Architects: Arcop/Fournier Gersovitz Moss Drolet Architects in Joint Venture
Sheet Metal Contractor: Heather and Little Ltd.


Museum of the Bible – Washington D.C.

Application: Exterior applications
Sheet Metal Roofing Contractor: The James Myers Company, Inc.
Engineer / Fabricator: A. Zahner Company


More information about the 2018 North American Copper in Architecture Awards is available here.