The NACIA awards program, organized by the Copper Development Association (CDA) and the Canadian Copper & Brass Development Association (CCBDA), recognizes building projects in the United States and Canada for their outstanding use of architectural copper and copper alloys. The program is now in its ninth year.
“Copper has been used architecturally for centuries, but every year I’m impressed by the ingenious and unconventional applications architects derive from this age-old metal,” said Stephen Knapp, of CDA. “The award winning projects exemplify not only the formability and durability of copper, but the incredible diversity in the world of architecture.”
This year’s winners consisted of a mix of new and historic buildings using copper in innovative designs and for restoration purposes. Among the copper projects selected this year were two new homes, a medical center building, a museum, and academic facilities.
The neoclassical Harvard Law School’s Langell Hall is an example of the diversity of copper use within architecture. Because of its aesthetics, durability, longevity, and ease of maintenance, nearly 25,000 pounds of copper was installed over the roof.
Copper clads both the exterior and the interior of the Margaret M. Walter Wing of the Columbus Museum of Art. The design team wanted to use a context-specific, time-honored material in a contemporary way to meld the existing and new museum wings.
The NACIA award recipients this year include several Canadian projects, such as the roof replacement of the Currie and Mackenzie Buildings of the Royal Military College in Kingston, Ontario. The replacement included all new and restored copper cornices, acanthus leaves, dormer cladding and ornamentation.
Projects are selected across three categories, New Construction, Renovation/Restoration and Ornamental Applications, and were judged by a panel of architectural and copper industry experts. Entries were evaluated based upon overall building design, integration of copper, craft of copper installation and excellence in innovation or historic restoration.