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Date 09/16/2015

New England Studios’ High-Performance Concrete Design Relies on Lafarge NewCem® Slag Cement

Enormous state-of-the-art television and movie production facility fulfills major need for Massachusetts' film industry with four sound stages in a $40 million studio complex near Boston. 


Lafarge North America is making a strong contribution to building better cities with NewCem® slag cement to achieve the high-strength, long-term durability and sustainability goals of New England Studios, a beautiful, state-of-the-art studio complex in Devens, MA.


Integrating the latest in technology and construction, the world-class film and television production complex includes four 18,000-square-foot connected sound stages with an attached 30,000-square-foot, three-story production support building, including dressing rooms. Adjacent to the studios are two 20,000-square-foot mill buildings, which house light and grip, production construction facilities, mechanical effects, and set storage.


The energy-efficient design of the main studio facility included 120 cast-on-site concrete tilt-up walls for ease and speed of construction, as well as to meet the required noise coefficient soundproofing rating of 25. With an average weight of 150,000 pounds, each wall is 56 feet tall, 20 feet wide and 10.5 inches thick. To achieve strict "soundproofing" levels, New England Studios also relied on 12-inch-thick tilt-up concrete panels for the exterior and interior doors, as well as 3 inches of shotcrete for the roof system. J.G. MacLellan Concrete Co., the ready-mix producer for the entire project, supplied a total of 10,500 yards of concrete for the foundation, tilt-up walls and roof system of the studio complex.



All the concrete used in the project contained 30% NewCem® slag cement and 70% Type II cement from Lafarge. Engineered for long-term durability, NewCem® slag cement helps achieve low permeability, increased resistance to chemical attack in concrete, greater strength potential and improved workability. The use of slag cement in concrete also contributes to sustainable construction as it saves virgin raw materials, consumes less energy and makes use of a recyclable by-product material of the iron-making process that might otherwise be disposed of in landfills. The result is high-performance concrete with less environmental impact. 


Dawn Stefano

Marketing Communications & Branding Manager, U.S.


Ph: 703-480-3667


As the world leader in the building materials industry, LafargeHolcim has the assets necessary to meet the building and design challenges of today's increasing urbanization.  Globally, LafargeHolcim has 115,000 employees and a well-balanced local presence in 90 countries, with combined net sales of CHF 33 billion (EUR 27 billion) in 2014. With the most innovative cement, concrete, and aggregates solutions, strong R&D and a commitment to health, safety, and sustainability, LafargeHolcim has the building solutions to meet customers' needs, from the individual homebuilder to the largest and most complex project.  We are committed to drive sustainable solutions for better building and infrastructure while contributing to a higher quality of life.  We are positioned to deliver on this commitment. 


In the United States, LafargeHolcim companies include close to 350 sites in 43 states and employ 6,000 people.  Our customers rely on us to help them design and build better communities with innovative solutions that deliver structural integrity and eco-efficiency. We are committed to contributing to building better cities and are an active participant in local environmental, educational and sustainable construction initiatives, including relationships with the Wildlife Habitat Council and Habitat for Humanity.


Lafarge North America Inc., Holcim Ltd and their subsidiaries are LafargeHolcim companies, and together constitute the largest diversified supplier of construction materials in the United States.




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