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

January 28th, 2014 No comments

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. Read more…

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Copper Home Innovation Challenge

September 11th, 2013 No comments

Today, more designers and homeowners are getting inspired by copper. Why? Because copper brings unique aesthetic flair to any home interior, whether it be living rooms, foyers, bedroom suites or home offices.  Copper finishes can range from light browns to a rose-like color, and can be polished for a sophisticated look or hammered-out to convey a more hand-crafted style. Read more…

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Sustainability in the Desert: Copper Gives Unique Look to New Arizona Health Sciences Education Building

July 24th, 2013 No comments

By H. Wayne Seale, CDA Project Manager and Architectural Applications Specialist

Two hour-long video case studies about copper use in the Arizona project, produced by the Copper Development Association (CDA) and GreenCE, an online resource for design professionals, are registered with the US Green Building Council (USGBC) and the American Institute of Architects (AIA), for continuing education credits. LEED professionals can also earn continuing education credits by viewing the videos. You can register for these free video courses by going to the GreenCE website. Read more…

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Copper Development Association (CDA) Presents Awards for Architectural Excellence

July 18th, 2013 No comments

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. Read more…

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CDA Announces 2012 North American Copper in Architecture Awards

June 30th, 2012 No comments

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

We are pleased to announce the winners of the 2012 North American Copper in Architecture Awards, our annual event to increase public awareness and recognize excellence in architectural design for buildings constructed in the U.S. and Canada. 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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