World’s largest medical complex to have low-carbon concrete extension

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Mexican cement company Cemex is to provide 20,000 cubic yards of low-carbon concrete for an extension to Houston Methodist’s Centennial Tower, the world’s largest medical complex.

Structural work on the 26-storey tower is due to be completed in 2027, and 11,000 cubic yards of concrete have already been laid for the foundation. Cemex said it poured concrete for 20 hours without affecting emergency services.

When the extension is finished, the tower will contain an expanded emergency department, enhanced imaging services and additional beds. These will be delivered with the help of Cemex’s Vertua products, which allow builders to tailor projects by specifying five attributes: lower carbon, energy efficiency, water conservation, recycled materials and design optimisation.

Jaime Muguiro, Cemex USA’s president, said: “Cemex’s purpose of building a better future comes to life when we participate in projects that improve people’s quality of life, particularly in the area of health services.

“Not only are we providing expert logistics and resilient materials, but we are also providing an alternative to lower the carbon footprint of the project with our more sustainable solutions.”

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