ST. LAWRENCE CEMENT GROUP INC.

ST. LAWRENCE CEMENT GROUP INC.
HOLCIM (US) INC.

HOLCIM (US) INC.

May 06, 2005 14:42 ET

Sustainable Construction-A Subject of Global Importance: 1500 Projects Submitted in the First Holcim Awards Competition


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MAY 6, 2005 - 14:42 ET

Sustainable Construction-A Subject of Global
Importance: 1500 Projects Submitted in the First
Holcim Awards Competition

WALTHAM, MASSACHUSETTS AND MOUNT ROYAL, QUEBEC--(CCNMatthews - May 6,
2005) - In a competition launched in November 2004 mainly in
architecture and building trade magazines, the Holcim Foundation for
Sustainable Construction invited architects, engineers and other
specialists in the construction industry to submit innovative projects
that meet the challenges of sustainable construction.

Within five months, 1500 projects from 118 countries were submitted to a
dedicated website. In the third quarter of this year the Foundation
will award three main prizes, three recognition awards, and
encouragement prizes in each of five geographic regions worldwide. The
award ceremony for North America will take place on September 29 and 30,
2005 in Boston, Massachusetts.

Review by technical universities, assessment by independent juries

More than ninety percent of the submitted projects passed the formal
check, leaving the expert juries a total of 1360 projects to evaluate.
The competition is carried out in four languages. The projects
submitted in North America will be evaluated by independent jurors in
close collaboration with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology
(MIT), Boston, USA.

Encouraging and inspiring to think beyond

Awards not only recognize and draw attention to excellence, they are a
proven way to encourage and inspire thinking beyond convention and
exploration of new ways and means. The Holcim Awards recognize any
contribution to sustainable construction - regardless of scale - in
architecture, landscape architecture, urban design, civil and mechanical
engineering, and related disciplines. When submitted, projects must be
in an advanced design stage though prior to construction.

Holcim Awards is a competition of the Holcim Foundation for Sustainable
Construction, based in Switzerland. The independent Foundation is an
initiative of Holcim Ltd, one of the world's leading suppliers of
cement, aggregates, concrete, and construction-related services. The
Holcim Group has companies and affiliates in more than 70 countries.
The Holcim Awards are supported by the group companies worldwide and
specifically by Holcim (US) and St. Lawrence Cement in North America.

Holcim (US) Inc. is a subsidiary of Holcim Ltd, and one of the nation's
leading manufacturers and suppliers of cement and mineral components.
Holcim (US) has 2,400 employees and operates 14 manufacturing plants and
over 70 distribution facilities in the United States.

St. Lawrence Cement 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 on the
eastern seaboard of the United States, and employs a total of 2,900
people.

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    Holcim (US) Inc.
    Tom Chizmadia
    Vice President, Communications and Public Affairs
    (781) 647-2521
    or
    St. Lawrence Cement
    Nicole Jarry
    Director, Corporate Communications
    (514) 340-1555