The durable, locally-produced material can maximize the ROI for Quebecers
Montreal, March 21, 2012. Speaking today at a Forum organized by the Institut pour le Partenariat Public-Privé (IPPP) on the construction of the new Champlain bridge, M. Paul Ostrander, Past Chair of the Cement Association of Canada and President and CEO of Holcim Canada, highlighted the sustainability and economic benefits of concrete for the construction of the new bridge.
“The new Champlain bridge will be built to last. It can and should be an enduring monument to Quebec’s internationally recognized expertise in building with concrete. It can and should herald a new era of sustainable infrastructure in Quebec; and it can and should be a structure that will be the pride of Quebecers for generations to come”, said M. Ostrander. “At the same time, it must be cost-effective over its service life and its construction should maximize the positive impact on Quebec’s economy. Concrete can make an exceptional contribution on all these fronts.”
Concrete is the most widely used, most durable construction material the world over. In the Greater Montreal Area, every ingredient required to produce a concrete mix, including cement, comes from a radius of less than 250 kilometers. The distance between a concrete plant and the Champlain bridge job site is less than 25 kilometers.
“This close proximity of the materials to the site will greatly minimize shipping and pollution and signifies an important contribution to the area’s economy”, explained M. Ostrander, noting that this could not be said for other construction materials. “Equally key, concrete would deliver unparalleled durability, a lower cost of ownership, virtually unlimited possibilities from a design perspective and reduced CO2 emissions through the use of Contempra cement all fundamental criteria in achieving the sustainability and return on investment Quebecers are expecting on this vital project.”
Also speaking at the Forum was Pierre-Claude Aïtcin, Professor Emeritus at the University of Sherbrooke, and a noted concrete expert who consulted on the Confederation Bridge construction project. Discussing the major advancements achieved over the last 20 years with the development of high performance concrete (HPC) pioneered by Quebec researchers and engineers, Professor Aïtcin highlighted the excellent measured performance of the Confederation Bridge structure to date. He reported that new mathematical models show that the Confederation bridge, which was designed for a 100 service life and constructed with HPC, could last 300 years if it continues to be properly maintained. “We have in Montreal today all the ingredients needed to build the most sustainable concrete bridge on the planet an iconic bridge of which Montrealers, Quebecers and Canadians could justly be proud.” Professor Aïtcin concluded.
The Cement and Concrete Industry’s Significant Contribution to the Quebec Economy
Produced locally, cement and concrete are essential to Quebec’s economic security and to the renewal and development of its infrastructures. The cement and concrete industry in Quebec generates annual revenues of more than $2 billion and employs directly and indirectly about 10,000 people. This direct and indirect employment further supports thousands of Quebecers in local construction, trades, transportation, supplier and related companies.
About the Cement Association of Canada
The Cement Association of Canada (CAC) is the voice of Canada's cement manufacturing industry, a vital contributor to the country's economy and infrastructure. The industry provides a reliable, domestic supply of cement required to build Canada's critical infrastructure including our network of roads and bridges, homes and buildings, waterworks and dams. The CAC and its members are committed to the environmentally responsible manufacturing of cement and concrete products. CAC's members are CalPortland, Ciment Québec, ESSROC Italcementi Group, Federal White Cement Ltd., Holcim Canada, Lafarge Canada, Lehigh Hanson Canada and St Mary’s Cement Group — companies whose parent corporations belong to the World Business Council for Sustainable Development's Cement Sustainability Initiative.
For more information, please contact:
Me Michel Binette, LL.B., M.A.P
Vice president, Legal, Public and Government Affairs - Quebec and Atlantic Region
Cement Association of Canada
Cement Association of Canada
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