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CEMEX participates in Mexico shopping centre

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World Cement,

CEMEX has announced its contribution of unique and innovative solutions for the development of Punto Valle, a next-generation shopping plaza located in the municipality of San Pedro Garza García, within the metropolitan area of Monterrey, Mexico.

Punto Valle has almost 300 000 m2 of available commercial space. Desarrollos Missouri, the project’s builder, sought to protect the shopping centre’s architectural design from its foundation.

“During the rainy season, the hydrostatic pressure generated in the underground structure is high and can cause damage to the interior,” said Patricio Miguel Villarreal Guerra, a representative for Desarrollos Missouri. “CEMEX supported us with a concrete design solution that integrates the protection and impermeability that we need to protect the foundations and the basements. At all times, CEMEX support was key to meeting our goals and creating this space, designed for our visitors to enjoy unique experiences.”

Duramax technology, CEMEX’s brand of concretes designed to enhance durability, was adopted in the project. Duramax Self-Sealing is capable of self-sealing cracks up to 0.4 mm in width, thus reducing construction costs and prolonging the life cycle of the structure. “In the case of Punto Valle, the mix design, combined with use of a unique additive technology, lead to a significant reduction in the permeability of the work – the concrete adapts to the conditions without any human intervention,” said Luis Franco, Vice President of Builder Sales for CEMEX Mexico.

For the project’s required supply of 130 000 m3 of concrete, CEMEX designed a plan that facilitated work on a site with complicated access and difficult product placement with direct draft: integrating four pumping lines and 500 linear m of dedicated pipeline to supply concrete 24 hours/day with 100 trips/day, utilising revolving trucks for large castings and dedicating three ready-mixed concrete plants.

CEMEX cement and concrete technology centres are part of the collaborative research and development network led by CEMEX Research Group AG, headquartered in Switzerland.

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