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01/29/2008

Application Deadline Approaches for Sustainable Construction Projects

 

WALTHAM, MA /PRNewswire/ - The closing deadline for award submissions is drawing near. The Holcim Awards for Sustainable Construction will only accept applications for this prestigious award until February 29, 2008.

The Holcim Awards is part of an international competition to recognize designs that meet current needs for housing and infrastructure, as well as create innovative, future oriented, and tangible sustainable construction projects around the world. The competition is an initiative of the Swiss-based Holcim Foundation for Sustainable Construction and is supported in the North American region by the Holcim Ltd Group companies Holcim (U.S.) Inc., St. Lawrence Cement, and Aggregate Industries.

"Holcim is passionate about promoting advances in sustainable construction," says Patrick Dolberg, chief executive officer of Holcim (U.S.). "Through these awards, we seek to honor those who are at the forefront of sustainable building solutions and inspire similar projects around the globe."

There is a total of $2 million in prize money for the 2008-2009 competition.

Regional prizes range from $10,000 to $100,000, with the Global Holcim Awards ranging from $50,000 to $300,000. Nominations and entries will be accepted until February 29, 2008 at www.holcimawards.org. Comprehensive information on the competition requirements and eligibility are also available online.

Winners of the Holcim Awards' five regional competitions (except Next Generation), selected in 2008, will advance to the global competition to be held in 2009.

Award applications in North America will be evaluated by a jury containing renowned independent experts including Dr. Adele Naude Santos, dean, MIT School of Architecture and Planning; Reed Kroloff, director, Cranbrook Academy of Art and Museum; Sarah Graham, principal partner, AGPS Architecture; and Mohsen Mostafavi, dean, Harvard Graduate School of Design; among others. A complete list of the members of each regional jury and the global jury, along with details of each target issue are available at www.holcimawards.org.

Throughout the competition, the Holcim Foundation is supported closely by distinguished technical universities around the globe, including: Tongji University, Shanghai, China; the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH), Zurich, Switzerland; the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge, USA; Universidad Iberoamericana (UIA), Mexico City, Mexico; University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa; and the Universidade de Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo, Brazil.

The Holcim Foundation for Sustainable Construction is supported by Holcim Ltd but is independent of its commercial interests. Holcim Ltd is one of the world's leading suppliers of cement and aggregates (crushed stone, gravel, and sand) as well as further activities such as ready-mix concrete and asphalt including services. The Holcim Group holds majority and minority interests in more than 70 countries on all continents, and employs almost 90,000 people.

Holcim (U.S.) Inc. is a subsidiary of Holcim Ltd, and one of the nation's leading manufacturers and suppliers of cement and mineral components. Holcim (U.S.) has approximately 2,500 employees and operates 16 manufacturing plants and more than 76 distribution facilities in the United States.

St. Lawrence Cement, a company of the Holcim Group, is a leading producer and supplier of products and services for the construction industry, namely cement, concrete, aggregates, and construction. The company operates in Canada and employs approximately 3,000 people. Aggregate Industries, a subsidiary of Holcim Ltd, is an environmentally responsible producer of high-quality aggregate-based construction materials in the United States and the United Kingdom. The company produces aggregates, ready-mixed concrete, concrete products, and asphalt (and related contracting services) in seven regional businesses in the United States, and employs more than 6,000 people.

Source: Holcim (U.S.) Inc.

For additional information, contact Susana Duarte de Suarez, of Holcim, at susana.duartedesuarez@holcim.com.