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Slag cement used for Philadelphia skyscrapers

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Lafarge North America has supplied its NewCem® slag cement to the new skyscrapers being built in Philadelphia. The FMS Tower and the Comcast Innovation and Technology Center are just two examples of new, dramatic structures being built with Lafarge’s slag cement to achieve high-strength, long-term durability and sustainability goals.

At 49 storeys, the FMS Tower will be the sixth tallest building in Philadelphia. It will serve as the new global headquarters of specialty chemical company, FMS Corporation. Due for completion in mid-2016, the 861 000 square foot building is designed to achieve LEED Silver certification. The building's innovative design boasts a wide variety of high-performance features, including the structural concrete containing NewCem slag cement for the foundation, elevator core and slabs for the office tower portion of the project, as well as a 22-story cast-in-place concrete apartment building on top of the office tower.

NewCem slag cement also is used in 2000 cubic yards of the high-performance concrete in the 10-ft-thick, 15 million lb foundation mat that was recently poured for the new 1121 ft, 59-storey Comcast Innovation and Technology Center. Expected to be the tallest building in the country outside of New York or Chicago when it opens in the fall of 2017, the LEED Platinum designed skyscraper will significantly contribute to the continuing renaissance of Center City Philadelphia as a forward-looking yet uniquely livable urban environment.

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