But is it really $17 million in copper alone? I mean the city's own website said the building cost $56 million to build, so would the copper really take that much of the building costs? According to copper.org, "If our Lincoln pennies were still made of copper (they are copper-coated zinc now), more than 12 million Lincoln coins would have been needed to construct this City Hall building in Austin, Texas."
With its multiple angles and sharp curves, the unique four story 115,000-square-foot building, which opened in late 2004 and cost $56 million to construct, is almost entirely clad in copper.
For the record, 12 million pennies amount to only $120,000, but the copper value is more than that, so the question remains: is it really $17 million in that building? It is a question that I asked the city's media relations department. Is this fact or just an exaggeration by some overzealous critics? At the time of publication my phone calls and emails have been unanswered. I however, will keep vigilant to find out the answer. I believe you should know the facts, because I want to know. Is the city hiding the truth from us (is that why it has been nearly two weeks since I first asked and there has been no return call?) or is it overzealous protestors misrepresenting the numbers? I want you to know.
Photos courtesy of Antoine Predock via Copper.org