Tom Harris

The Copper Development Association (CDA) and the Canadian Copper and Brass Development Association (CCBDA) have announced the winners of the 2018 North American Copper in Architecture awards. This year, the two organizations selected 15 projects that demonstrated excellence and innovation in copper system design as well as integration of copper in overall building design, craftsmanship, installation, and historic restoration. Every year since 2008, the awards program has recognized and promoted copper buildings across North America within three categories of new construction, renovation/restoration, and ornamental applications.

“Architects and contractors continue to develop innovative and impressive designs that speak to copper’s formability, durability, and unique weathering characteristics,” said Stephen Knapp, the CDA's director of the Strip, Sheet, & Plate Council, in a press release. “Copper may be referred to as mankind’s oldest metal, but it certainly isn’t antiquated. In fact, as green building trends continue, we expect specification of copper to increase in order to meet various sustainable building standards.”

According to the CDA, some of this year's winners, including the LEED Gold–targeted projects, used copper for its sustainable properties. The Holy Name of Jesus Cathedral in North Carolina, the West Block Rehabilitation of the Parliament Hill in Ontario; the American Copper Buildings in New York, and the Plumbers Local 130 UA Training Center in Chicago are among those projects.

The winners were officially presented with the awards on June 21 in New York City.

2018 Winners

New Construction

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Plumbers Local 130 UA Training Center in Chicago
Application: Wall cladding
Architect: Gensler

Courtesy SHoP Architects

325 Kent in Brooklyn, N.Y.
Application: Wall cladding
Architect: SHoP Architects
Façade fabricator: Hi-Tech Metals


400 Dexter in Seattle
Application: Wall Cladding
Architect: CollinsWoerman
Sheet metal contractor: A. Zahner Co.

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American Copper Buildings in New York
Application: Wall cladding
Architect: SHoP Architects

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Holbrook Pre-K-12 School in Holbrook, Mass.
Application: Wall cladding
Architect: Flansburgh Architects
General contractor: Consigli Construction Co.

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Holy Name of Jesus Cathedral in Raleigh, N.C.
Application: Roofing, dome construction
Architect: O'Brien & Keane
Sheet metal contractor: Baker Roofing Co.

GEC Architecture

Shane Homes YMCA at Rocky Ridge in Calgary, Alberta
Application: Wall cladding
Architect: GEC Architecture
Sheet metal contractor: Thermal Systems

Janet Kimber

St. Elias Church in Brampton, Ontario
Application: Dome construction
Architect: Zimmerman Workshop Architecture + Design


Courtesy Levine & Co.

Bradford County Courthouse in Towanda, Pa.
Application: Roofing, dome restoration
Architect: Hunt EAS
Roof consultant: Levine & Co.
Sheet metal contractor: Charles F. Evans Co.

Arcop and Evoq Architecture
Arcop and Evoq Architecture

West Block Rehabilitation Project Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Ontario
Application: Roofing
Architects and Conservation Architects: Arcop, Evoq Architecture (formerly Fournier Gersovitz Moss Drolet et Associés Architectes)
Sheet metal contractor: Heather and Little

Humphries Poli Architects

Colorado State Capitol in Denver
Application: Roofing
Architect: Humphries Poli Architects
Sheet metal contractor: Douglass Colony Group

Holy Transfiguration Orthodox Church in New Haven, Conn.Application: Roofing, dome restoration
Sheet metal contractor: The Roofer

Jan Hird Pokorny Associates

The Hadrian in New York
Application: Exterior ornamentation, façade restoration
Architect: Jan Hird Pokorny Associates
Manufacturer: Ornamentals Manufacturing

+VG Architects

Union Station in Toronto
Application: Roofing
Architect: +VG Architects
Sheet metal contractor: Semple Gooder Roofing Corp.


Museum of The Bible, SmithGroupJJR Architect
Alan Karchmer Museum of The Bible, SmithGroupJJR Architect

Museum of the Bible in Washington, D.C.
Architect: SmithGroupJJR
Application: Exterior applications
Sheet metal roofing contractor: The James Myers Co.
Engineer/Fabricator: A. Zahner Co.