At the 2018 North American Copper in Architecture (NACIA) awards, recognizing projects for outstanding use of architectural copper and copper alloys, fifteen projects across Canada and the United States were acknowledged. Of these fifteen projects, RJC Engineer’s Shane Homes YMCA at Rocky Ridge was honored in the New Construction category.

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The impressive structure boasts natural patina brass shingles to provide a unique resemblance to the rolling hills of the prairies, the inspiration behind the design. RJC devised a structural roof layout based on one common beam shape, which allowed the design team to utilize regular elements to create the geometry of an irregular and complex form. The result is an imperative structural function but also provides a highly aesthetic interior finish and a dramatic exterior expression.

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