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Last Call for Entries for the 2014 North American Copper in Architecture Awards

By Andy Kireta Jr., Vice President, Market Development, Copper Development Association (CDA)

Have you used copper in an interesting or beautiful way in a building project? You could win an award. All you have to do is enter the 2014 North American Copper in Architecture Awards, a program that recognizes and promotes outstanding applications of architectural copper alloys.

The CDA, the Canadian Copper & Brass Development Association (CCBDA), and other copper industry representatives use the awards to recognize unique building projects in the United States and Canada for their practical and artful use of copper in design and construction.

Last year’s award winners included government and academic buildings, houses of worship, private residences and more. Your building can be a restoration, renovation or new construction and must feature a significant application of architectural copper alloys.

The project must also be located in the United States or Canada and completed in the last three years. The copper manufacturer also must be located in North America.

We’re looking for the best uses of copper, both old and new. One of last year’s 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., used 68,000 square feet of copper to combine artistry and functionality. Twenty-ounce copper panels gave 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.

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