Trent Community Sport & Recreation Centre Wins 2011 North American Copper in Architecture Award


Athletics Centre at Trent honoured as one of six new construction projects across North America selected for award

Wednesday, June 1, 2011, Peterborough

Athletics CentreThe new Trent Community Sport & Recreation Centre now holds the distinction of being an award-winning building as it was recently recognized with a 2011 North American Copper in Architecture Award (NACIA) by the Copper Development Association (CDA) and the Canadian Copper & Brass Development Association (CCBDA).

Designed by architect Perkins+Will in Toronto, the state-of-the-art fitness and recreation centre at Trent University was selected as one of six recipients of the prestigious award in the new construction category and one of only 12 selected for the 2011 award overall.

“This award is great recognition for Trent’s new state-of-the-art Athletics Centre,” said Don O’Leary, vice president, administration, at Trent University. “The vision of the architects showcases the character of the University, blending with and enhancing existing architecture as well as providing a new focal point for Trent and the broader community.”

In the construction of the new Athletics Centre, copper was used to define a large folded roof element above the new fitness and lifestyle centre, which features weight room, cardio loft, indoor climbing wall and rowing/paddling tank. 

According to Perkins+Will, copper offered several distinct advantages over other metal cladding systems in its flexibility and sustainability as wall and roof cladding, its weatherproof properties and low thermal expansion value.

Installed using a traditional standing seam technique, the material creates a sense of texture and scale that animate the large surfaces and imbue the building with a sense of timelessness and natural beauty that is well suited to its collegiate setting.

Copper was similarly used in re-cladding parts of the existing building, which was revitalized as part of the expansion project. This enabled the boundary between new and old to be further blurred and provided a light weight, cost-effective cladding system that required no additional reinforcement of the existing structure. It also plays a significant role in achieving the building’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver certification through its intrinsic durability, low maintenance, high recycled content and ability to be regionally sourced under the LEED guidelines.

The North American Copper in Architecture Awards recognizes and promotes North American building projects for their outstanding use of architectural copper and copper alloys. The program, which is intended to increase public awareness and promote the excellence in architectural copper design for buildings constructed throughout the United States and Canada, showcases a wide range of projects, all of which highlight craftsmanship, attention to detail, and architectural vision. In addition to the Trent Community Sport & Recreation Centre, the range of entries this year included educational facilities, residences and a performing arts centre, among others. The architects and contractors of the TCSRC will receive commemorative plaques that feature copper etchings of the submitted project. All the projects, including photos and profiles, will be featured at the AIA National Convention & Exhibition this May and are also highlighted on CDA’s website at

The projects were judged by a panel of architectural and copper industry experts. Entries were evaluated based upon overall building design, integration of copper, craft of copper installation and excellence in innovation or historic restoration.


For more information, please contact:

Trent Community Sport & Recreation Centre
Robert Ballarin, Project Manager, Physical Resources Department, Trent University, (705) 748-1011 x7353; or Bill Byrick, Director, Athletics & Recreation, Trent University, (705) 748-1011 x1252

Thalia Ilechukwu, Marketing Manager, Perkins+Will, (4160 217-6557