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Copper Development Association (CDA) Presents Awards for Architectural Excellence

By Andy Kireta Jr., Vice President, Market Development, CDA

We are pleased to announce the winners of the 2013 North American Copper in Architecture (NACIA) awards program, our annual event to increase public awareness and recognize excellence in architectural design for buildings constructed in the U.S. and Canada. These award winners represent a variety of applications for copper and copper alloys, but they all show an architectural vision, attention to detail and craftsmanship.

The new copper handrail in Ottawa, Canada's Rideau Hall, the site of many visits by heads of states.

The CDA, the Canadian Copper & Brass Development Association (CCBDA), and other copper industry representatives are proud to recognize 14 building projects in the United States and Canada for their practical and artful use of copper in design and construction. This year’s award winners include government and academic buildings, houses of worship, private residences and more.

What do all these projects have in common? They use copper – mankind’s oldest metal. Copper not only adds a unique beauty to buildings, it also is durable, long-lasting and sustainable. This year’s award winners showcased the best of copper – both old and new.

The Old Courthouse in St. Louis, Mo., the site of the historic Dred Scott decision, leading to the start of the Civil War, replaced its copper roof.

One of our winners was the Old Courthouse in St. Louis, Mo., which held two trials leading up to the historic Dred Scott decision to deny a slave his freedom in 1857, hastening the start of the Civil War. The courthouse underwent a major renovation to preserve its historic legacy, including a new copper roof.

Built in 1919, the Theodore Roosevelt High School building in the Bronx needed to replace the copper cladding to better waterproof the structure. Restoring the copper structure was a challenge because of the rounded cornices and overlapping ornamental pieces. But the end result was a beautiful restoration of the original.

 

The Museum of American Art -- Crystal Bridges, in Bentonville, Ark., uses 68,000 square feet of copper to combine artistry and functionality.

The Museum of American Art – Crystal Bridges in Bentonville, Ark., uses 68,000 square feet of copper to combine artistry and functionality. Twenty-ounce copper panels were used to give the building’s seven roofs a smooth appearance.

In the ornamental category, we awarded a handrail project in the historic Rideau Hall, the official residence of the Governor General of Canada since 1868. Rideau Hall, located in Ottawa, is the site of many visits by heads of state and other dignitaries. The new copper handrail in the main entrance of the hall combines machined-bronze components with hand-tooled elements.

We had a group of architectural and copper industry experts judge our entries. Each was judged on the overall building design, the integration of copper and how well it was installed. We also evaluated each project for excellence in innovation or historic restoration.

I invite you to take a moment to view each project, including photos and profiles, by visiting our Copper in Architecture Awards website. Do you have an outstanding building project that uses copper? It’s also not too early to start thinking about next year’s awards. We’ll start taking entries for the 2014 awards in September.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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