From a new copper clad university building seeking LEED accreditation to a restored 100-year-old copper roof, 15 unique and creative buildings from the United States and Canada recently earned a spot among the 2019 North American Copper in Architecture (NACIA) award-winners.

The NACIA awards program, organized by the Copper Development Association (CDA) and the Canadian Copper & Brass Development Association (CCBDA), recognizes and promotes building projects in the United States and Canada for their outstanding use of architectural copper and copper alloys. The annual awards program showcases a wide range of projects, all of which highlight craftsmanship, attention to detail and architectural vision.

“The 2019 winners display a great balance of innovative wall cladding structures and historical restoration projects, which is very indicative of the architectural trends we’re seeing across North America,” said Stephen Knapp, the director of the Strip, Sheet, & Plate Council for CDA. “Copper is truly one of the most versatile and sustainable building materials available. As the green building trend continues, we expect to see the material increasingly utilized to achieve various certifications and environmental goals.”

For example, the design team for Arizona State University’s LEED Platinum seeking building, the Biodesign Institute C, specified the metal specifically for its eco-friendly properties. The 2019 NACIA winner is wrapped in a screen of thousands of perforated, naturally finished copper panels that contribute to the building’s energy efficiency and sustainability targets.

Additionally, tens of thousands of pounds of copper were used by the award-winning firms to complete nine wall-cladding projects, five roofing restoration projects and one interior ornamental application; these include five educational buildings, four government facilities, two residences, a museum, a performing and visual arts center, a retail complex, and a community center. In total, five Canadian and 10 U.S.-based projects received an award.

Since its launch in 2008, the NACIA awards program has awarded 144 projects across three categories: new construction, restoration and ornamental applications. All submissions are judged and reviewed by a panel of copper and architectural experts based on building design, use of copper and technique throughout the project, copper installation, and when applicable, historic renovation. This year’s award-winners include the following projects:

New Construction

Arizona State University, Biodesign Institute C – Tempe, Arizona

  • Application: Wall cladding
  • Architect: ZGF
  • Exterior Envelope Subcontractor:  Kovach Building Solutions

Coolidge Corner School – Brookline, Massachusetts

  • Application: Wall cladding
  • Architect: HMFH Architects, Inc.
  • Roofing Contractor: Stanley Roofing Company

Gap Cove House – Rockport, Massachusetts

  • Application: Wall cladding
  • Architect: Ruhl Studio Architects
  • Sheet Metal Contractor: Paul John and Son

Hidden Path Residence – Shelter Island, New York

  • Application: Wall cladding
  • Architect: Bohlin Cywinski Jackson
  • Roofing Contractor: TRM Enterprises

Indian Residential School History and Dialogue Centre – Vancouver, BC. , British Columbia

  • Application: Wall cladding
  • Architect: Formline Architecture

Lamplighter School Innovation Lab – Fayetteville, Arkansas

  • Application: Wall cladding
  • Architect: Marlon Blackwell Architects
  • Sheet Metal Contractor: Sterling Roof System

Midtown Center – Washington D.C.

  • Application: Wall cladding
  • PR Manager: SHoP Architects
  • Facade Contractor (Fabricator and Installer): Oldcastle Building Envelope

Pablo Center at the Confluence – Eau Claire, Wisconsin

  • Application: Roof construction and wall cladding
  • Architect: Holzman Moss Bottino Architecture
  • Sheet Metal Contractor: Division V Sheet Metal


Dartmouth College Baker Tower Renovations – Hanover, New Hampshire

  • Application: Roofing, bell tower restoration
  • Sheet Metal Contractor: Mahan Slate Roofing Co., Inc.

Postal Station B – Ottawa, Ontario

  • Application: Roofing
  • Architect: Robertson Martin Architects
  • Sheet Metal Contractor: Heather and Little Ltd. 

Saint Roch de l’Achigan City Hall – Saint Roch de l’Achigan, Quebec

  • Application: Roofing, façade, exterior ornamentals restoration
  • Architect: Affleck de la Riva architectes
  • Sheet Metal Contractor - Historic Building: Couverture Montréal Nord

Steeples Square – Dubuque, Iowa

  • Application: Exterior ornamentals, roof restoration
  • Sheet Metal Contractor: The Durable Restoration Company 
  • Architect: Jeffrey Morton Associated

The Hispanic Society of America Museum and Library – New York , New York

  • Application: Roof replacement
  • Consulting Architect: WJE Engineers & Architects, P.C.
  • Sheet metal fabricator: Gotham Metalworks 

Voltigeurs de Québec Armoury – Québec, Quebec

  • Application: Roofing
  • Architect: Architecture49 Inc.
  • Sheet Metal Contractor: Toitures Falardeau


Senate of Canada – Ottawa, Ontario

  • Application: Interior applications
  • Architect: Diamond Schmitt Architects & KWC Architects, Architects in Joint Venture
  • Bronze Fabrication: MCM 2001