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.
Ayda Ayoubi is a former assistant editor of products and technology for ARCHITECT. She holds master degrees in urban ecological planning from Norwegian University of Science and Technology and in world heritage studies from Brandenburg University of Technology. In the past, she interned with UN-Habitat's New York liaison office and the International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property in Rome.