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Date 10/01/2014

Three Lafarge Cement Products Contribute to a Strong and Sustainable Wickford Junction Rail Station

Rhode Island Multimodal Commuter Rail Station Finds Right Mix of Design Flexibility, Improved Performance and Green Transportation Benefits.    

Chicago, IL

Lafarge North America Inc.

Better overall performance, an aesthetically pleasing finished appearance and enhanced sustainability are among the hallmarks of three types of Lafarge North America cement used in the construction of the Wickford Junction Commuter Rail Station in North Kingston, RI.

Lafarge Type III cement was used in the station's 662 precast concrete elements, including columns, stairs and wall panels. Its design flexibility and efficient erection properties help reduce long-term maintenance needs. For the cast-in-place concrete foundation and slabs, Lafarge Type II cement and NewCem® slag cement provide enhanced durability and reflectivity.


NewCem® is also notable for its environmental benefits. It makes use of an industrial by-product material that might otherwise end up in landfills, and avoids the use of virgin raw materials. The resulting lighter-colored, high-performance concrete mix also absorbs less heat from solar radiation, giving it an extended service life and lower life cycle costs.


The more than 250,000-square-foot multimodal commuter rail station includes a parking garage, public lobbies and a café, and features a distinctive "millwork building" façade that is reminiscent of early 20th century New England textile mills. Functionally, it is an important component of extending Northeast Corridor rail service, and an excellent example of how Lafarge infrastructure solutions contribute to building better, more connected cities. The station has helped extend commuter rail service from southern Rhode Island to Warwick, Providence, Boston and beyond, and relieved traffic congestion along the Route 4/I-95 corridor.


Wickford Junction Commuter Rail Station has received the 2012 Infrastructure Project of the Year Award from the Construction Management Association of America, and the Best Use of Innovation Award from the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials.    



Dawn Stefano

Marketing Communications & Branding Manager, U.S.

Ph: 703-480-3667    

Photo Credit: Stanley Rowin/GPA


Lafarge North America Inc. ("Lafarge") has close to 200 industrial and distribution sites andapproximately 2,600 employees in 39 states in its U.S. Cement, Aggregates 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 constructionpartnerships including the Wildlife Habitat Council, Habitat for Humanity 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 inbuilding materials and employs 64,000 people in 62 countries, and posted sales of €15.2 billion in2013. As a top-ranking player in its Cement, Aggregates and Concrete businesses, the Groupcontributes to the construction of cities around the world, through its innovative solutions providingthem with more housing and making them more compact, more durable, more beautiful and betterconnected. Lafarge North America Inc. and its subsidiaries, including Lafarge Canada Inc., are LafargeGroup companies, and together constitute the largest diversified supplier of construction materials inthe United States and Canada.


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

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