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Date 06/13/2014

Lafarge North America Sponsors National Building Museum's Designing for Disaster Exhibition

Multimedia exhibition will showcase innovative research, cutting-edge materials and technologies, and disaster-resistant designs for creating safer, more durable and disaster-resilient communities.

Chicago, IL

Lafarge North America Inc. 


Lafarge North America, the largest diversified supplier of construction materials in the United States and Canada, announced that it is the lead sponsor of the exhibition Designing for Disaster at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C.


Designing for Disaster will discuss disaster mitigation as an evolving science and highlight tools and strategies for building safer, stronger and more disaster-resilient communities that are functional, pragmatic and beautiful. Through unique objects, captivating graphics and multimedia-including video testimonials-the exhibition will explore new solutions for, and historical responses to, a range of natural hazards including earthquakes, tornadoes, hurricanes, storm surges, flooding, sea level rises, tsunamis and wildfires. The exhibition will also highlight a variety of residential, commercial and institutional facilities, as well as public transportation systems, throughout the U.S. that are designed to address at least one hazard in an exemplary way.


"As a leading provider of sustainable, high-performance solutions for building better cities, Lafarge is  committed to driving innovation and supporting collaborative dialogues on disaster-resistant design approaches for creating a safer, more durable and resilient built environment," said Maik Strecker, vice president of marketing for Lafarge U.S. "We are proud to serve as the lead sponsor of this educational initiative at the National Building Museum to foster public awareness and understanding of engineering and construction strategies for protecting life and property against a wide range of natural hazards."


Designing for Disaster will open May 11, 2014, and remain on view through August 2, 2015. Artifacts from past disasters will express the destructive, persistent, life-altering power of nature. Not to be missed are a FEMA-specified "safe room" built to withstand tornado-force winds and a "wall of wind" that invites visitors to test various roof profiles against simulated hurricane-force winds. To complement the exhibition, the National Building Museum and its partners have planned a full slate of public programming. Topics include the effects of hurricanes in urban areas, the Rebuild by Design project that hopes to revitalize the region affected by Hurricane Sandy, the rising waters of the Chesapeake Bay, the importance of resilient landscapes and more. Visit to purchase tickets to the exhibition online and to learn more about the additional public programing being planned.

Inner Harbor Navigation Canal Lake Borgne Surge Barrier

The Inner Harbor Navigation Canal Lake Borgne Surge Barrier, 12 miles east of downtown New Orleans, was constructed after Hurricane Katrina to reduce the city's risk of storm surge from the Gulf of Mexico. Lafarge Agilia® self-consolidating concrete was used in the project.


Photo courtesy U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Paul Floro


Dawn Stefano

Marketing Communications & Branding Manager, U.S.

Ph: 703-480-3667


Lafarge North America Inc. ("Lafarge") has close to 200 industrial and distribution sites and approximately 2,700 employees in 40 states in its U.S. cement, aggregate and concrete businesses. Lafarge U.S. is an operating unit of Lafarge North America Inc. Lafarge is committed to contributing to Building Better Cities and being active in local environment, education and sustainable construction partnerships including the Wildlife Habitat Council, Habitat for Humanity, the American Institute of Architectural Students and the National Building Museum. More information is available on the Lafarge North America website:

Lafarge S.A., together with its subsidiaries (the "Lafarge Group" or the "Group"), is the world leader in building materials and employs 64,000 people in 62 countries, and posted sales of €15.2 billion in 2013. As a top-ranking player in its Cement, Aggregates and Concrete businesses, the Group contributes to the construction of cities around the world, through its innovative solutions providing them with more housing and making them more compact, more durable, more beautiful, and better connected. Lafarge North America Inc. and its subsidiaries, including Lafarge Canada Inc., are Lafarge Group companies, and together constitute the largest diversified supplier of construction materials in the United States and Canada. 


With the world's leading building materials research facility, the Lafarge Group places innovation at the heart of its priorities in order to contribute to more sustainable construction and to better serve architectural creativity. More information is available on the Lafarge Group's website:


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