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March 18, 2005 15:52 ET

Holcim Awards: Competition Closes March 31-Two Million Dollars in Prize Money for Sustainable Construction Projects


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MARCH 18, 2005 - 15:52 ET

Holcim Awards: Competition Closes March 31-Two Million
Dollars in Prize Money for Sustainable Construction
Projects

WALTHAM, MASSACHUSETTS AND MOUNT ROYAL, QUEBEC--(CCNMatthews - March 18,
2005) - The Swiss-based Holcim Foundation is currently seeking
sustainable construction projects to enter its Awards competition.
Entries can only be submitted via the Internet (www.holcimawards.org)
for the Holcim Awards with the competition closing on March 31, 2005.
Total prize money of USD two million is on offer.

To be eligible for entry, projects must have reached an advanced design
stage but construction must not have yet commenced at the close of
entries (March 31, 2005).

Nine awards will be presented in each of five geographic regions: North
America, Europe, Latin America, Africa Middle East, and Asia Pacific.
Regional award winners will then qualify for the global awards
competition to be held in 2006.

The Holcim Foundation is working in cooperation with five of the world's
most renowned technical universities: the Massachusetts Institute of
Technology (MIT) in Boston, USA; the Swiss Federal Institute of
Technology (ETH Zurich), Switzerland; the University of Sao Paulo (USP),
Brazil; the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) in Johannesburg,
South Africa; and Tongji University (TDX) in Shanghai, China.

The universities lead independent juries which will evaluate entries in
the Awards competition using five "target issues" of sustainable
construction. The "target issues" are quantum change and
transferability; ethical standards and social equity; ecological quality
and energy saving; economic performance and compatibility; and
contextual response and aesthetic impact. Each is explained in more
detail on the Holcim Foundation website (www.holcimfoundation.org).

Prof. Leon Glicksman, head of the Building Technology Program at MIT and
a member of the Technical Competence Center of the Holcim Foundation,
said that the competition provides an ideal opportunity for sustainable
construction projects to be recognized and innovation shared in a wider
audience.

"Through sharing innovative approaches to sustainable construction, the
Holcim Awards will recognize ground-breaking methods of reaching
sustainability targets - and provide potential benefits in other
communities with adaptation to local climatic, economic and cultural
contexts" he said.

The Holcim Foundation for Sustainable Construction was established in
Switzerland in December 2003. The aim of the Foundation is to promote
sustainable construction worldwide through the Holcim Awards
competition, publications and forums. The independent Foundation is
supported by Holcim Ltd, one of the world's leading suppliers of cement,
aggregates, concrete and construction-related services with Group
companies and affiliates in more than 70 countries.

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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    Tom Chizmadia
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    or
    St. Lawrence Cement
    Nicole Jarry
    Director, Corporate Communications
    (514) 340-1555