The Havergal College Upper School is one of 11 innovative copper building projects from the United States and Canada to be announced as a winner in the Copper Development Association’s annual North American Copper in Architecture (NACIA) awards program. Launched in 2008, the NACIA awards program recognizes copper’s versatile use in building construction and promotes its innovative applications.

Winning projects represented a wide variety of design styles and buildings, including educational buildings, government facilities, and churches – all of which were executed with remarkable detail, creativity, and craftsmanship.

‎“‎The 2022 NACIA winners exhibit copper’s endless range of applications through innovation in new and historical restoration projects,” ‎said Larry Peters, Project Manager & Architectural Applications Specialist for CDA. “Answering the growing demand to meet environmental goals using sustainable building materials, the 2022 winners demonstrate a perfect balance of maximizing green materials and longevity, creating architecture masterpieces for generations to come.”

The copper elements of the building complement the woodland and ravine area that surround the campus grounds with a colour that will continue to evolve for many years. The new expansion included 11,354 sq. ft. of copper cladding manufactured by Ontario Panelization. The cladding is made of 16-ounce copper pans with 2″ single-lock standing seams which add a textural pattern to the facade. The pan profiles included a sprung edge to help reduce oil-canning and allow for expansion and contraction of the copper during varying weather conditions. Copper can be formed into many shapes and this was helpful for the continuation of the copper for use in the parapets. Copper has played a role in architecture for thousands of years and the choice to use it in the addition of this historical century college added a distinguishable feature to this modern project.

The 11 winning projects were selected by a panel of judges based on the presence and use of copper and the significance of the project at hand – whether historic, modern, or otherwise. A complete list of winners can be found below with further details and photos available on

Havergal College Toronto with Copper by Ontario Panelization

About Ontario Panelization

In the construction industry, the name Ontario Panelization (OP) is synonymous with quality, service and innovation. Founded in the early 1980s, OP honed its expertise with structural, load-bearing steel stud assemblies. Over the past two decades, OP has set itself apart from the competition by expanding its product line significantly and building on a strong foundation of expertise. OP’s considerable knowledge of state-of-the-art product lines offers clients solutions to some of the most complex construction wall assemblies. Working proactively with owners, architects and general contractors, OP is a vital resource in streamlining the building process.

About CDA

NACIA award logoThe Copper Development Association is the information, education, market and technical development arm of the copper, brass and bronze industries in North America. Learn more by visiting our website


Architect – Diamond Schmitt, Toronto, Ontario

Copper Wall Panel Manufacturer – Ontario Panelization, London, Ontario

Copper Installer – Lake Effect Company Limited, Sundridge, Ontario

General Contractor – Buttcon Limited, Concord, Ontario

Structural Engineer – Blackwell, Toronto, Ontario

Third Party Copper Review – CR Systems, Barrie, Ontario

More images of the building can be seen on the project page at: