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Lafarge Canada supplies precast concrete for Stradbrook apartment building

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The Lafarge Canada Inc. Precast Plant in Winnipeg, Manitoba, has supplied a sustainable solution for the construction of the 18-story multi-use apartment building at 221 Stradbrook. This apartment building is located alongside the Red and Assiniboine Rivers and is only footsteps from the Historic Forks Market. The Stradbrook building boasts a total precast concrete design made possible by architect Dustin Sharrow of MMP Architects and the Lafarge design team.

The sustainability of precast is showcased by the building’s modern aesthetic, fire-resistant, and energy-efficient concrete panels. Precast concrete helps to moderate temperature, all the while reducing the operating costs for the people living at the apartments.

“A total precast building is significant in helping to reduce energy usage costs of a building as the concrete acts as a large heat sink absorbing heat energy in warm periods and giving it off during colder periods,” says Joe Klippenstein, General Manager, Precast Winnipeg. “Those of us who live in very hot or cold climates (like Winnipeg!) can appreciate this point, since we spend a lot of time indoors!”

The simplified logistics of building with precast are a further example of their sustainability value proposition. Using precast concrete reduces construction time and the environmental impact of a build since the panels are created off-site. In other words, a precast project equals less time on the site for the builders and less equipment required. Precast builds are characterised by their minimal disruption to the surrounding environment and neighbours which make precast concrete an ideal building material for compact urban settings.

The sustainable addition of the Stradbrook building to the bustling metropolis of Winnipeg is aligned with the Net Zero pledge made by Lafarge to be the world leader in sustainable solutions.

“Overcoming the challenges presented by this project demonstrates our commitment to unique problem solving and sustainability,” says Brad Kohl, President & CEO of Lafarge Western Canada. “Our precast innovation is about putting words into action for a better future. It’s just how we build.”

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