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Date 15/12/2010

Lafarge's NewCem High-Performance Slag Cement Helps Sports Facilities Achieve Green Building Goals

Reston, Virginia

Lafarge North America Inc.


Across all sports and levels of play, high school, collegiate, and professional teams are increasingly setting high standards for sustainable design of stadiums, arenas, and ballparks. 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 construction and renovation of ‘green' recreational facilities around the country. Major league baseball's new Nationals Park in Washington DC and recently renovated Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City are just two examples of ballpark construction projects using NewCem slag cement to achieve high strength and environmental goals.


With panoramic views of the Anacostia River and the U.S. Capitol, Nationals Park is the first LEED®-certified sports stadium by the U.S. Green Building Council. To earn its LEED Silver rating, the Washington Nationals' baseball stadium-a 1,050,000 square foot facility with a seating capacity of 41,546-features numerous environmentally friendly elements, including high-efficiency lighting, low-flow plumbing fixtures, low-emitting finishes, a 6,300 square foot green roof, and highly recycled building materials. In addition, many of the project's construction materials were produced locally, including the NewCem slag cement that was used in the structural and architectural concrete. The result is a ballpark that is respectful of its environment and will stand the test of time.


NewCem slag cement also played a key role in the multi-year major renovation of Kauffman Stadium, which is home to the Kansas City Royals baseball team. The stadium, which has a capacity of 40,775 seats, was renovated to include the addition of administrative offices, new seating and suites, expanded concourses, and two new stair towers. A variety of new fan amenities were incorporated, including a children's activities area, additional retail shops, a Hall of Fame building, restrooms, and concessions. The $250-million renovation, completed by Opening Day 2010, used a total of 22,000 cubic yards of concrete containing Lafarge Type I/II cement and Newcem brand slag cement.


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. 


NewCem® is a registered trademark of Lafarge North America Inc.


Steve Meima,
Lafarge North America Inc.



Leader mondial des matériaux de construction, Lafarge occupe une position de premier plan dans chacune de ses activités : Ciment, Granulats & Béton et Plâtre. Avec 78 000 collaborateurs dans 78 pays, le Groupe a réalisé en 2009 un chiffre d'affaires de 15,9 milliards d'euros.

En 2010, pour la sixième année consécutive, Lafarge est répertorié dans la liste des 100 multinationales les plus engagées en matière de développement durable. Doté du premier centre de recherche au monde sur les matériaux de construction, Lafarge place l'innovation au cœur de ses préoccupations, au service de la construction durable et de la créativité architecturale.

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