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Parliament project receives NACIA award

By Adam Freill   


Phase one restoration of the East Block of Canada’s Parliament buildings is recognized for use of architectural copper.

Phase one of the restoration of East Block in Ottawa included updating the copper roof. (Photo courtesy of Heather & Little)

Pomerleau’s Phase one restoration of the Canadian Parliament’s East Block was one of 10 projects recognized with a North American Copper in Architecture (NACIA) award by the Copper Development Association (CDA). The NACIA awards showcase outstanding work in design, fabrication, and craftsmanship using architectural copper.

“Copper’s resilience, adaptability, and aesthetic qualities make it a fantastic choice for roofs, façades, and other building elements,” said Larry Peters, project manager at CDA. “We applaud the expertise of this year’s winning teams.”

NACIA judges consider integration of copper into the building, design quality, and craftsmanship of installation, among other factors. The panel selected outstanding examples in new construction and historic restoration categories.

The lone Canadian project recognized this year in the North American awards, this portion of the restoration work that Pomerleau Construction is managing in Ottawa was jointly led by Architecture 49 and DFS Architects with contractor Heather & Little handling the metalworking. The sheet metal contractor replicated the existing copper roofing on the South West Tower, South East Tower, the Governor Generals Entrance, the Wellington Entrance, and the porte cochere with new copper.


The full list of winners of NACIA awards included:


New construction
  • Madrone Ridge, a sophisticated residence in Sonoma County, Calif., designed by Field Architecture, featuring three copper-clad pavilions.
  • The Australian Embassy in Washington, D.C., designed by Bates Smart and KCCT with fabrication by Pohl and Enclos, which integrated copper façade panels.
  • The Ledger, in Bentonville, Ark., a mixed-use building designed by architects Michel Rojkind and Marlon Blackwell, which features the use of copper panels fabricated and installed by Dissimilar Metal Design and Harness Roofing.
  • CopperDrifts, a beach house near Provincetown, Mass., designed by Charles Rose Architects with copper flat-lock and standing-seam exterior panels by Airtech Copper.
  • The Sydell and Arnold Miller Family Campus of Park Synagogue in Pepper Pike, Ohio, near Cleveland, led by Centerbrook Architects and fabricator MetalTech Global.


  • The courtyard of the New York State Capitol in Albany, N.Y., by Bell & Spina Architects-Planners PC and sheet-metal installer Greenwood Industries.
  • The transformation of Michigan Central Station in Detroit, Mich., led by Quinn Evans, which features a rebuilt copper roof by CASS Sheet Metal.
  • Rework of the dome of the Logan County Courthouse in Lincoln, Ill., where complex double-lock folded copper panels were used to restore the dome’s original appearance and ensure water-tight performance. Heather & Little and Chicago Metal Supply fabricated many of the copper architectural elements.
  • Restoration of the Green County Courthouse in Monroe, Wisc., by Renaissance Roofing, which included a rebuild of the clock tower.
  • Phase one of the East Block of the Canadian Parliament in Ottawa, Ont., jointly led by Architecture 49 and DFS Architects with contractor Heather & Little, a project that the judges say extends the legacy of outstanding architectural copper use across Canada.


The NACIA awards, launched in 2008, celebrate design excellence, recognize quality craftsmanship, and highlight diverse uses of copper in architectural applications in Canada and the United States.




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