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Date 07/21/2010

Lafarge Colored Masonry Cement Used For Major Renovation and Expansion of The National World War II Museum

Reston, VA

Lafarge North America Inc.


Colored masonry cement from Lafarge is playing a key role in the $300 million multiphase renovation and expansion of The National World War II Museum in New Orleans.


The major expansion covering six acres will include a 300,000 square-foot campus of six new buildings, which will quadruple the size of the original facility (formally known as the National D-Day Museum) that opened to worldwide acclaim on June 6, 2000.


Designated by the United States Congress as America's official museum of the Second World War, the National World War II Museum tells the story of the American experience in the war that changed the world. Three new attractions-the Victory Theater, Stage Door Canteen, and The American Sector restaurant-were opened last November. In addition, three other exhibition pavilions and a parade ground are scheduled to be completed by 2015.


Lafarge Eaglebond® (a controlled blend of portland cement and Type S hydrated lime) and Lafarge Type I portland cement were used to lay brick and concrete block. Lafarge Eaglebond provides an excellent level of performance in the functional areas of workability, compressive and flexural strength, water permeance, durability, and appearance. These important material performance qualities are highly valued by designers, masons, and owners. The cement was produced in several colors-including beige, brown, and charcoal-for the expansion project as well as to restore an existing structure. For the first time in Louisiana, the restoration project used Type O masonry cement.


Lafarge colored masonry cement products are available in three pre-mixed formulations: custom color masonry cement, portland/lime, and mortar cement. For additional information on colors and types of masonry cements for use in brick, block, and stone construction, visit the Lafarge web site or consult your local Lafarge representative.


Image courtesy of The National World War II Museum.


Colored masonry cement used in National World War II Museum

The National World War II Museum


Steve Meima,

Lafarge North America,

(703) 480-3808


The Lafarge Group is the world leader in building materials, with top-ranking positions in all of its businesses: Cement, Aggregates & Concrete and Gypsum. With 78,000 employees in 78 countries, the Group posted sales of 15.9 billion Euros in 2009. Lafarge North America Inc. ("Lafarge North America" or "Lafarge"), a Lafarge Group company, is the largest diversified supplier of construction materials in the United States and Canada.

In 2010 and for the sixth year in a row, the Lafarge Group was listed in the "Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations in the World". With the world's leading building materials research facility, the Lafarge Group places innovation at the heart of its priorities, working for sustainable construction and architectural creativity.

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