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

June 21st, 2011

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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