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Date 12/29/2008

Lafarge Supplying NewCem Slag Cement For High-Visibility Sustainable Construction Projects Throughout Nation's Capital

Herndon, VA

Lafarge North America Inc.


In creating museums, monuments, sporting facilities, and other landmarks, builders are increasingly relying on innovative slag cement product to satisfy green design requirements.


As the demand for sustainable design and building practices continues, slag cement supplied by Lafarge is playing a key role in the construction of award-winning and inspirational landmarks around the nation's capital. The new Air Force Memorial, National Museum of the Marine Corps, NOAA's Satellite Control Center, and Nationals Park are just a few highlights from a growing and impressive list of the area's most innovative and dramatic structures being built with Lafarge NewCem® brand slag cement to achieve concrete strength and environmental goals.


Soaring skyward overlooking The Pentagon and Arlington National Cemetery are the three stainless steel spires of the Air Force Memorial. Each spire - the tallest is 270 feet high - was constructed with a core of high-performance reinforced concrete using NewCem slag cement. NewCem was also used for this award-winning project's large concrete base that anchors the spires.


NewCem slag cement played a strong role in the bold new designs of the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of the American Indian and the National Museum of the Marine Corps. For the Smithsonian museum, NewCem was used to create the building's exterior that was designed to look like the natural rock formations of the U.S. west and southwest where many American Indians live.


In Suitland, MD, NewCem slag cement was used to construct National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) Satellite Operations Control Center. The environmentally friendly center features more than 208,000-square feet of which much is partially buried and covered with a grass roof of more than 146,000-square feet. NOAA's facility has received many design honors, including an American Concrete Institute National Capital Chapter Concrete Construction Award.


With panoramic views of the Anacostia River and the U.S. Capitol, Nationals Park-Major League Baseball's newest ballpark-is another prominent project that used NewCem slag cement. Green design was an important part of this 1,050,000-gross-square-foot facility, and officials hope it will be the first major U.S. stadium achieving LEED certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.


Steve Meima,

Lafarge North America





Bob Palangio,

Al Paul Lefton Company



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 90,000 employees in 76 countries, the Group posted sales of 17.6 billion Euros and net income of 1.9 billion Euros in 2007. Lafarge North America Inc. (herein "Lafarge North America" or "Lafarge"), a Lafarge Group company, is the largest diversified supplier of construction materials in the United States and Canada.

The Lafarge Group is the only company in the construction materials sector to be listed in the 2008 "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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