Vancouver Firms Take Copper Awards

North America's Copper Development Association honours innovative use of the metal

St. Andrews Wesley United Church, with new copper roof. Photo credit: Shane Day

Two Vancouver projects are among the dozen projects honoured by the North American Copper in Architecture Awards. Sponsored by the Copper Development Association (CDA), the awards recognize the excellent use of copper in residential, educational and government buildings, built or renovated within the last three years in the United States or Canada.

St. Andrew’s Wesley United Church received a nod for its Seismic Upgrade and Heritage Conservation project, designed by the Vancouver office of Ryder Architecture. The 90-year-old Gothic Revival Church had suffered long-term roof leaks, prompting a large-scale restoration that highlighted copper as a featured element.

Also in Vancouver, an Award of Excellence went to the 1912 Sun Tower Dome Envelope Seismic Stabilization, by Vancouver-based McGinn Engineering & Preservation and Winnipeg-based Sotirios Corp. The restoration included replacement of the deteriorated terracotta tiles, which had been painted to resemble patinated copper, with actual copper tiles.

The dome of the 1912 Sun Tower in Vancouver is now sheathed new copper tiles. Photo Credit: Heather and Little Ltd.

The other winning projects in the Restoration category are 581 Boylston Street, Boston, by Gilbert & Becker Company; St. Andrew’s Catholic Church restoration in Roanoke, Virginia, by Cornett & Cundiff, Inc.; and Boston’s Old City Hall by McGinley Kalsow & Associates.

In the New Construction category, the CDA honoured the Pavilion at Grace Episcopal Church in Providence, Rhode Island, by Centerbrook Architects and Planners; Christ Chapel at Hillsdale College in Hillsdale, Michigan, by Duncan G. Stroik, Architect; the Tianqiao and Chrissy Chen Neuroscience Research Building in Pasadena by SmithGroup; 1701 Rhode Island Avenue in Washington, D.C., by Hickok Cole; and Branch House in Montecito by TOLO Architecture

The Fitzroy residential building in New York, by Roman and Williams, and Brighton Municipal Court Building Envelope Improvements in Boston, by Simpson Gumpertz & Heger, received Awards of Excellence for Ornamental Applications.