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Date 03/10/2015

Lafarge Supplying High-Performance NewCem® Slag Cement for New Landmark Skyscrapers on the Rise in Philadelphia

Lafarge is contributing to building better cities with innovative slag cement product to achieve highstrength, long-term durability and sustainable design goals for new high-rise construction projects    

Chicago, IL

Lafarge North America Inc.


As the demand for environmentally friendly design and building practices continues to grow, Lafarge North America's NewCem® slag cement is making a strong contribution to the sustainable construction of new commercial and institutional buildings throughout the City of Brotherly Love. The FMC Tower at Circa Centre South and the Comcast Innovation and Technology Center are just two examples in a growing and impressive list of Philadelphia's most innovative and dramatic structures being built with NewCem® slag cement to achieve high-strength, long-term durability and sustainability goals.


Soaring 49 stories skyward overlooking the Schuylkill River, the FMC Tower at Circa Centre South will be the sixth-tallest building in Philadelphia and serve as the new global headquarters of specialty chemical company FMC Corporation. Designed to achieve LEED Silver certification when completed in mid-2016, the 861,000-square-foot skyscraper will be an iconic landmark defined as much by its architectural design as by its embrace of sustainable construction methods. The building's innovative design boasts a wide variety of highperformance features, including the structural concrete containing NewCem slag cement for the foundation, elevator core and slabs for the office tower portion of the project, as well as a 22-story cast-in-place concrete apartment building on top of the office tower.


NewCem slag cement also is used in 2,000 cubic yards of the high-performance concrete in the 10-foot-thick, 15- million-pound foundation mat that was recently poured for the new 1,121-foot, 59-story Comcast Innovation and Technology Center. Expected to be the tallest building in the country outside of New York or Chicago when it opens in the fall of 2017, the LEED Platinum designed skyscraper will significantly contribute to the continuing renaissance of Center City Philadelphia as a forward-looking yet uniquely livable urban environment.


Engineered for long-term durability, NewCem slag cement is widely specified to help achieve greater strength potential, reduced permeability, and increased resistance to chemical attack in concrete. It is also a strong contributor to sustainable design, as the use of slag cement in concrete saves virgin raw materials, consumes less energy and makes use of an industrial by-product material that might otherwise be disposed of in landfills. The result is high-performance concrete with an extended service life, lower life cycle costs and less environmental impact. 


Dawn Stefano

Marketing Communications & Branding Manager, U.S. 

Ph: 703.480.3667    

Lafarge NewCem

Construction of the Comcast Innovation and Technology Center involved the largest foundation mat pour in Philadelphia history—400 truckloads of concrete poured over 10-12 hours.


Lafarge North America Inc. ("Lafarge") has close to 200 industrial and distribution sites and approximately 2,500 employees in 39 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 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 63,000 people in 61 countries, and posted sales of €12.8 billion in 2014. 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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