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Posted: Wednesday, October 17, 2012 1:15 pm

After recently celebrating its first anniversary, the South Mountain Community Library in Phoenix is being recognized with a North American Copper in Architecture (NACIA) award for its outstanding use of architectural copper and copper alloys.

James Richärd, from Richärd+Bauer Architecture, is responsible for designing the library using a copper clad system, giving the building a unique aesthetic and appearing like an architectural oasis in the Arizona desert.

The structural steel building is sheathed in a naturally ventilating copper rain screen with the pattern acting as an abstraction of a digital bar code.

The NACIA awards program aims to identify projects that display innovation and excellence in architectural copper applications in three categories: new construction, renovation/restoration and ornamental applications.

The program is sponsored by the Copper Development Association (CDA) and the Canadian Copper & Brass Development Association (CCBDA).

For more information on the South Mountain Community Library and the other 2012 project recipients, visit:


• Beverly Stidham, (480) 898-7924 or

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