Archive for June, 2011

Copper Club Annual Dinner and Ankh Award Recipients

June 29th, 2011 No comments

By Victoria Prather, Manager Communications, Copper Development Association

The annual Copper Club dinner took place on June 8th this year at the historic and landmark Plaza Hotel in New York City.  This is always an exciting event because it brings together senior executives from all over our industry.  This year was no exception.  There were copper producers, fabricators, refiners, dealers, traders and many other business leaders from throughout the world in attendance. Read more…

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Renowned Scientists Provide Valuable Insight on Water Quality Issues

June 21st, 2011 No comments

By Joe Gorsuch, Manager of Health & Environmental Sciences, CDA

Joe Gorsuch works with environmental regulations and the collection of ecotox data.  For 30 years prior to joining the CDA in March, 2009, he worked with Kodak, conducting environmental effects and fate field and lab studies to register chemicals for the photographic industry.  From 2005 to 2009 he was President and Owner of Gorsuch Environmental Managements Services, Inc. [GEMS, Inc.] coordinating environmental studies.  He holds an undergraduate degree in Wildlife Biology and a master’s degree in Environmental Sciences, focusing on Aquatic Toxicology, both from Purdue University. Read more…

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CDA Presents Architectural Award to the Church of St. Andrew and St. Paul – Montreal, Canada

June 21st, 2011 No comments

By Fernando Pellicer, conservation architect and partner, DFS Inc. Architecture & Design

The Copper Development Association (CDA), in collaboration with the Canadian Copper & Brass Development Association (CCBDA), selected the Church of St. Andrew and St. Paul as one of 12 recipients of the 2011 North American Copper in Architecture Awards Program. The winners showcase a wide range of projects, all of which highlight craftsmanship, attention to detail, and architectural vision. In addition to showcasing copper’s beauty, longevity and workability, sustainability was a running theme among the project submissions.

The Church of St. Andrew and St. Paul is a historic landmark in Montreal, built in 1931-32 and designed by noted architect Harold Featherstonaugh. The church building was gothic in style and featured a copper roof. We were contacted because the roof was buckling, it was poorly insulated and there were major problems with icicles. The roof needed to be replaced.

With the help of Istvan Kovacs, the project manager, we addressed the problems by creating a 17,500 square-foot copper batten seam roof system. We had demolition crews remove the existing copper panels, gutters, downspouts and underlayment to the existing structure. We then installed a new waterproof membrane, foil-faced polyisocyanurate insulation and plywood sheeting. For greater durability, we used 17,500 square feet of 20-ounce copper batten seam roofing panels. We worked with Couverture Montreal Nord Ltee., a sheet metal contractor, to complete the job over a six-month period.

Our renovations helped reduce heating costs for the church and the insulation solved the icicle problem. Copper was the material of choice for our project because of its durability and the ease of installation. It was a successful project and we were very proud to be part of restoring a church with a long and rich history in Montreal. The church’s original copper roof lasted nearly 80 years and I’m confident this new copper roof will have a long and sustainable life as well.

Projects of this nature present certain challenges, which at the start, fuel the drive to succeed. Having won this award means that we have successfully met these challenges and are ready for the next ones. We sincerely thank The Copper Development Association for bestowing this award to DFS Inc. Architecture & Design for its use of copper, a most noble material,  in the restoration of the Saint Andrew’s and Saint Paul’s church roof.




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2011 North American Copper in Architecture Award (NACIA) Winners Showcase Sustainability and Preservation

June 21st, 2011 No comments

By Andy Kireta Jr., Copper Development Association Vice President of Building & Construction

The Copper Development Association (CDA) is pleased to announce the winners of the 2011 North American Copper in Architecture Awards. The CDA presents the annual awards jointly with the Canadian Copper & Brass Association (CCBDA). Read more…

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Do It Proper with Copper – CDA Launches New DIY Architectural and Plumbing How-To Videos

June 21st, 2011 No comments

By Andy Kireta Jr., CDA Vice President of Building Construction

They’re back and better than ever. Our successful Do It Proper with Copper series is back with a second installment of do-it-yourself architectural and plumbing how-to videos.

These short, instructional videos provide step-by-step tutorials giving viewers practical instruction on how to use the versatile metal copper in plumbing, architectural, building and construction projects. These new videos show how to create vertical lap, flat and standing seams for architectural copper systems along with bending and flaring, structural adhesives and brazing techniques that are used in plumbing applications. Read more…

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