Lafarge Ready Mix Wins Big with Sustainable Construction Project

Kansas City Ready Mix operations receives six 2011 Excellence in Concrete Awards from the Concrete Promotional Group

Lafarge North America's Kansas City Ready Mix operations recently received six 2011 Excellence in Concrete Awards from the Concrete Promotional Group for projects completed in the Kansas City area. Among the six projects recognized was one of Lafarge's sustainable construction projects. Also, the company won the Overall Concrete/Judges Choice award.

The Lafarge project that won in the Sustainable/Green category recognized company's work on the John Deere Sales Facility in Olathe, Kansas. The 126,150 square-foot facility was designed to accommodate up to 500 marketing professionals and aspire to meet Gold Certification under the USGBC's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Rating System. Lafarge developed and promoted a concept to John Deere that offered a construction waste management service, bundled with cement and concrete sales. Specifically, Lafarge explained to John Deere that they could reduce its environmental impact through the use of alternative raw materials and fuels with a quantified recycled content of 24% and 32% recovered energy for its Type I/II Cement.

By utilizing all of Lafarge's capabilities and product portfolio, Lafarge was selected as the supplier of choice for the entire project. The facility opened in September 2011.

"Through our sustainable construction commitment, Lafarge is looking to be more than a supplier of building materials, but rather a provider of solutions. We are able to be a source of information, knowledge and consultation to our partners throughout the entire construction process," said Jarrod Huntley, General Manager for Lafarge's Kansas and Missouri Ready Mix operations. "Being recognized with these types of awards from the industry is a clear step in that direction."

Additionally, for the second year in a row, Lafarge North America won the overall concrete award, the Judges Choice Award, for its work on the LIVESTRONG Sporting Park in Kansas City, KS. This project used a combination of Lafarge's Value Added Products including Artevia and Agilia. The highlight of the project was the creation of a soccer ball, made out of Lafarge's decorative concrete, Artevia, which was placed as the focal point of the entrance to the new soccer stadium.

Lafarge S.A., together with its subsidiaries (the "Lafarge Group" or the "Group"), is the world leader in building materials, with top-ranking positions in all of its businesses: Cement, Aggregates & Concrete and Gypsum. With 76,000 employees in 78 countries, the Group posted sales of 16.2 billion Euros in 2010. Lafarge North America Inc. and its subsidiaries, including Lafarge Canada Inc., ("Lafarge"), are Lafarge Group companies, and together constitute the largest diversified supplier of construction materials in the United States and Canada. The Lafarge Group entered the global "Dow Jones Sustainability Index" in 2010 in recognition of its sustainable development actions. The Group places innovation at the heart of its priorities, working for sustainable construction and architectural creativity. For more information about Lafarge North America, go to