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Red Cross Building, Cincinnati, Ohio

The new American Red Cross building in Cincinnati serves as the organization's Disaster Operations Center (DOC), the "nerve center and central communication hub" for regional Red Cross disaster services. The center, which Lafarge supplied the exterior sheathing, enables highly trained Red Cross staff to provide oversight of area relief operations; coordinate disaster workers in the field with the DOC; and coordinate Red Cross actions with local police and firefighters as well as state and federal agencies.


The building itself is environmentally sound and sustainable, having nearly achieved Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver Certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. Key aspects of the building's green elements include:

  • Lafarge's 5/8-inch, regular Type X Weather Defense Platinum sheathing, consists of over 90 percent recycled content by weight
  • A high-efficiency water source heat pump system with energy recovery and outdoor air monitoring features;
  • High-efficiency insulation;
  • A white, reflective "cool" roof; and
  • Low-E, high-efficiency glazing.


Job foreman Bill Sharpe of Gem Interiors, the project's gypsum contractor, liked the workability of Weather Defense Platinum, The product has been noted that it doesn't itch or cut as much as other brands. Other products used on the project were:  5/8" Firecheck Drywall which was used on the interior, and Rapid Coat and Rapid Coat All Purpose joint compound.



Project Details

Dealer: KenAPI Supply, Cincinnati, OH

Architect: Emersion Design, Norwood, Ohio

Construction Manager: Mark Spaulding Construction Co., Florence, Ky.

Gypsum Contractor: Gem Interiors, Milford, Ohio

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