15 Projects Snag the Copper in Architecture Awards

Sheila Kim Sheila Kim

Whether it’s due to client tastes or fear of upkeep, copper isn’t typically the first go-to metal for the built environment. Yet its beauty — in both gleaming new and patinated states — is unmatched and can add unique character to a project. For the past nine years, the Copper Development Association and Canadian Copper and Brass Development Association have been recognizing some of these exemplary projects with the North American Copper in Architecture Awards. Now in its 10th year, the program has returned and named 15 winners for 2017.

Boston Private Residence

From civic to residential projects, and traditional to contemporary designs, the winners truly demonstrate how the material works with any style of architecture and in a range of contexts as well as in a variety of applications from wall cladding and roofing to ornamentation. There’s the multi-unit 210 Pacific Street apartment building in Brooklyn, New York, for instance, which sports a façade of press-metal units that evoke traditional brick masonry, but with sheen. Meanwhile, in Ottawa, Ontario, the Centre Block — or main building — of the Canadian Parliament complex boasts restored copper roofing and exterior ornamentation that retains the original Gothic Revival style.

Biomedical Sciences Partnership Building by CO Architects

“The outstanding quality and ingenuity of the copper projects submitted over the past 10 years is truly inspiring,” said Stephen Knapp, director of the Sheet, Strip & Plate Council for the CDA in a statement. “Not only is copper known for its sustainability and durability, its innate beauty continues to make it an appealing building material.”

A panel of architectural and copper industry professionals evaluated entries on overall building design, integration of copper, craft of copper installation and excellence in innovation or historic restoration. Scroll down to view all of the winners:


166 Dovercourt House, Toronto, Ontario
Architect: Ja Architecture Studio
Builder/Developer: Luloo Boutique Homes
General Contractor: Mazifa Corp.
Copper Wall Panel Manufacturer: Copper in Design

Biomedical Sciences Partnership Building, Phoenix Biomedical Campus, Arizona
Architect: CO Architects
Sheet Metal Contractor: Kovach Building Enclosures

210 Pacific Street, Brooklyn, New York
Builder/Developer: NAVA
Sheet Metal Contractor: Fine Metal Roof Tech

Private Residence, Gurley, Alabama
Architect: Nola | VanPeursem Architects
Sheet Metal Contractor: CopperWorks Corporation

Private Residence, Juneau, Alaska
Sheet Metal Contractor: Fine Metal Roof Tech

Staten Island Courthouse, New York
Architect: Ennead Architects
Curtainwall Consultant: Heintges & Associates

Wet Weather Pump Station, Hoboken, New Jersey
Architect/Builder: Nastasi Architects


31 East 74th Street, New York City
Architect: Beyer Blinder Belle Architects & Planners
Sheet Metal Manufacturer: B&B Sheet Metal
Subcontractor: Apple Restoration & Waterproofing

Boston Private Residence, Alexandria, Virginia
Consulting Architect: Restoration Engineering
Sheet Metal Contractor: Wagner Roofing Company

Centre Block, Canadian Parliament, Ottawa, Ontario
Architect: Architecture EVOQ
Sheet Metal Contractor: Heather & Little Limited

Historic Fayette County Courthouse, Lexington, Kentucky
Architect: K. Norman Berry Associates Architects
Sheet Metal Contractor: Steinrock Roofing & Sheet Metal

Le Windsor-Mansard Rehabilitation Project, Montreal, Quebec
Architect: DMA Architectes
Sheet Metal Contractor: Toitures Trois Étoiles

Saskatchewan Legislative Building Dome Conservation, Regina, Saskatchewan
Conservation Architect: Spencer R. Higgins
Sheet Metal Contractor: Empire Restoration
Construction Managers: PCL Construction Management

Vedanta Temple, San Francisco
Sheet Metal Contractor: Hans Liebscher Custom Copperworks


The Wellington Building Renovation Project, Toronto, Ontario
Architect: NORR Limited Architects, Engineers & Planners
Roofing Contractor: Raymond and Associates Roofing