North American Copper in Architecture Awards Contest Accepts Contest Submissions

For centuries, copper has been used on buildings not only for its beauty, but its durability, versatility and longevity. Now in its 10th year, the North American Copper in Architecture (NACIA) awards program is accepting submissions for innovative and unique copper or copper alloy building projects in the U.S. and Canada. Architects and sheet metal contractors can submit their projects for the 2017 awards campaign through the end of January.   

The Copper Development Association (CDA), in collaboration with the Canadian Copper & Brass Development Association (CCBDA) , is proud to recognize projects in the categories of Restoration/Renovation, New Construction and Ornamental Applications. Over the years, award-winning copper projects have come in the form of new and restored government buildings, educational facilities, museums, libraries, firehouses, single-family homes and places of worship.

With 2017 marking the program’s 10th anniversary, the copper industry is seeking the public’s help in selecting the top 10 projects from the last decade. Participate by voting for your favorite copper projects.

To celebrate the milestone, the top 10 copper projects, along with the 2017 award winners, will also be announced in April at the NACIA awards ceremony in Orlando.

For more information about the NACIA awards program, visit the Call for Entries Page. The submission deadline is Jan. 31, 2017.

Submissions for NACIA Awards Are Being Accepted Through January

Submissions for the 2016 North American Copper in Architecture (NACIA) awards program are being accepted through the end of January. The Copper Development Association (CDA), in collaboration with the Canadian Copper & Brass Development Association (CCBDA), is looking for the most innovative projects across the U.S. and Canada that are designed with copper and copper alloys. Project categories include Restoration, New Construction and Ornamental Applications.

For more information about the NACIA awards program, or to submit a project visit the Call for Entries page. The submission deadline is Jan. 31, 2016.

Over the years, award-winning copper projects have come in the form of new and restored museums, educational facilities, libraries, firehouses, high-end residential single-family homes and places of worship.

Those recognized in the 2015 awards program included:

  • The New School University Center – a 16-story university building located on 5th Avenue in New York City cladded with 7,500 metal panels, each custom finished to age in a distinguished way and to grow darker brown over time.
  • A Private Residence – an 8,200-square-foot private residence with a copper roof built on a bluff in Lookout Mountain, with its sweeping view of the Chattanooga, Tenn., river valley.
  • The Irving Convention Center at Las Colinas – When the City of Irving lost its bid to build a new, modern stadium for the Dallas Cowboys, the Irving Convention Center was introduced as a re-imagined 100,000-square-feet entertainment palace covered in 150 tons of milled, perforated copper panels.

The Copper Development Association Names Head of Health, Environment and Sustainable Development Program

The Copper Development Association (CDA) has chosen Carrie Claytor to lead its Health, Environment and Sustainable Development (HESD) program. Centered on providing valuable scientific data and regulatory guidance to the industry, CDA’s HESD program delivers information on copper in areas including toxicology, environmental protection, human health and sustainable development.

Claytor brings 14 years of experience as a toxicologist, researcher and author to CDA. She most recently worked at GEI Consultants Inc. and at Parametrix Inc. During her research as an eco-toxicologist, Claytor co-wrote several papers relating to copper and the Biotic Ligand Model. She is also extensively involved with the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC), where she served as co-chair of the North American Program Committee from 2014-15 and as associate editor and editor-in-chief of the SETAC Globe.

“Claytor has worked on numerous copper projects throughout her career,” says Thomas Passek, president of the Copper Development Association. “Her unique knowledge and experience within the HESD community, as well as her ability to influence policy, make her an ideal fit for the position.”

Claytor holds a master’s degree in zoology from the Center for Environmental Toxicology and Statistics at Miami University, and a bachelor’s degree in biological sciences from Ohio University. She joined CDA as staff liaison to the HESD program as of Monday, Sept. 28.

Copper Development Association Creates Platform to Provide News and Application Information

The Copper Development Association (CDA) has created a new platform, thinkcopper.org, that provides a forum for industry professionals to discuss copper news and applications with experts and thought leaders. The organization invites professionals in a diverse array of fields—from healthcare and technology to building construction and sustainability—to join the conversation.

“Copper impacts a wide array of industries and is utilized in numerous sectors, and our goal is to bring all of these voices together in one digital platform,” says Kyle Sexton, CDA communications coordinator. “ThinkCopper.org offers a modern, visual venue for the world’s oldest metal, and encourages collaborative, innovative discussion within the industry.”

This new blog covers multiple topics, including architecture, sustainability, plumbing, technology and building construction. It also provides timely updates on news and trends related to copper, such as the use of antimicrobial copper in healthcare settings and the metal’s growing role in sustainable-energy technologies. CDA invites individuals with industry insight or a unique viewpoint on copper to contribute to the blog and engage with other readers.

“We aim to enrich industry conversation by providing multiple perspectives on our blog, and by encouraging readers to engage with blog authors,” says Sexton. “This distinctive platform offers anyone the chance to connect with top industry leaders and discuss copper applications with the experts.”

Readers can also stay up-to-date on the conversation by following @ThinkCopper on Twitter. Those interested in contributing to the blog may contact Kyle Sexton or visit the ThinkCopper website for more information.

Copper Development Association Names President

Thomas S. Passek has been named president of the Copper Development Association (CDA) effective February 1, 2015. He succeeds Andrew Kireta Sr., who retired this January after 36 years with the organization.

Passek brings nearly three decades of metals industry and association management experience to CDA. He was most recently the managing director of the ASM International (formerly the American Society of Metals), an organization that serves metallurgists, materials professionals and managers worldwide.

Passek also served as the executive director of The American Society for Nondestructive Testing (ASNT), where he worked with standards-setting bodies including ASME, ASTM and ISO TAG groups. He is a member of the Council of Engineering and Scientific Society Executives as well as the American Society of Association Executives.

“Thom’s significant experience makes him a strong choice to lead CDA,” says Stephen Higgins, CDA chairman. “I am confident that through his demonstrated ability to successfully lead a large professional association, Passek will continue to advance the strength and influence of CDA.”

The Copper Development Association is a key trade association of the North American copper industry, with the objective of influencing the use of copper and copper alloys through precompetitive research, market development/promotion, and education, as well as technical and end-user support. CDA is committed to promoting the proper use of copper materials in sustainable, efficient applications for business, industry and the home.

Copper Development Association President and CEO Retires

The Copper Development Association (CDA) has announced the retirement of President and CEO Andrew Kireta Sr. after 36 years with the organization. Kireta will step down on January 2, 2015, leaving a legacy of strong industry relationships and innovative programs that have been created under his leadership.

Kireta began his career as a pipefitting apprentice for a large mechanical contracting firm in Harrisburg, Pa, and quickly rose to field superintendent.

Since joining CDA in 1979 as Northeast regional manager of piping applications, Kireta has been instrumental in furthering the association’s goals of market development, education and engineering services. In his early years at CDA, Kireta dedicated himself to connecting CDA and its members to the marketplace and successfully built his staff from two to nine people.

After being promoted to vice president of CDA in 1998, Kireta spearheaded the Builder Satisfaction Program, which significantly demonstrated the consumer benefits of copper plumbing to the home building industry. He also introduced a 50-year limited warranty on residential copper plumbing products.

Kireta went on to promote and expand copper plumbing and mechanical system markets by directing the North American Plumbing Tube Initiative for the U.S. and Canada, and helped to develop the successful UA Instructor Training Program. In 2000, Kireta took over for Robert Payne as President and CEO of CDA. In this role, he continued to identify new applications for copper, such as antimicrobial, and new domestic markets for copper and copper alloys.

“On behalf of the Copper Development Association, I wish to thank Andrew Kireta Sr. for his many years of service to the copper industry,” said Stephen Higgins, CDA chairman, at the association’s annual Winter Meeting. “Whether as a pipefitter, a teacher or a CEO, Kireta’s dedication and leadership have strengthened the industry. We will continue to see his mark on CDA for years to come.”

Copper Development Association Offers AIA-accredited Introductory Course on Copper

The Copper Development Association (CDA) has received accreditation from the American Institute of Architects (AIA) for its introductory course on copper and its unique properties. The course, which covers mining, processing, material properties and typical uses of copper, will earn students one Learning Unit Credit from the AIA.

The course was launched as part of a new informational tool, the Copper Learning Center, that has been developed by the CDA. This virtual classroom provides students and industry professionals easy access to extensive information on copper and its many applications.

CDA has gathered information from industry experts in order to provide the most accurate information on copper usage in industry and manufacturing. The courses will be organized into concise, engaging and affordable modules that can be accessed on-demand. Future courses will be developed specifically for experienced professionals, and will focus on copper applications in building and construction, as well as sustainable energy.

“We feel that the Copper Learning Center will be a great resource for students and industry professionals alike, because it will provide an extensive, mobile-friendly and self-paced learning network,” said CDA Vice President Robert Weed.

“This learning center will continue to grow, and will provide a platform for other educational opportunities, including online webinars and access to a community of experts that can help users develop as professionals,” said Weed. “We are also working toward offering more Continuing Education credits for these courses, and will be constantly evolving the site to add even more resources for our users.”

If your organization would like to enroll multiple employees in the classes, please contact the CDA and they will work with you to establish an organizational discount. You may reach out to Kyle Sexton, Program Coordinator for CDA, at kyle.sexton@copperalliance.us.

For more information about the Copper Learning Center, watch this informational video, or click here to register for the course.