Holcim Foundation for Sustainable Construction set up Holcim Awards - a worldwide competition for sustainable constructions projects, having USD 2 million worth prizes. The competition is dedicated to architects, construction engineers, students in architecture and construction. They can still submit their entries until the 31st of March 2005, on www.holcimawards.org.
The competition envisages promoting future-proof solutions that meet the differing requirements of economic growth, environmental quality and social responsibility. Holcim Awards will recognize any contributions to sustainable constructions, in architecture, landscape and urban design, civil engineering and other related disciplines.
In order to offer as many information about Holcim Awards as possible to the students and architects in Romania, Holcim Foundation representatives and teachers from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology participated in a road-show in the universities of Cluj-Napoca, Timisoara, Iasi and Bucharest.
The contest develops in two stages. The first phase of the contest is the Regional Holcim Awards (regions: Europe, North America, Latin America, Africa Middle East, Asia Pacific). In the second phase - Global Awards - only the first three winners from each region can participate. The jury will assess the projects once again.
The competition development platform - the Internet - is an accesible communication channel, cost-effective, allowing the authors of the projects to submit their projects on the competition dedicated website: www.holcimawards.org.
"Romanian architects and construction engineers are very well prepared, and they proved it by submitting a significant number of projects in the competition. Romania is among the first countries in the world regarding the number of projects submitted, but also in what regards accessing Holcim Foundation web site. Through this contest, Romanians can win international recognition, but also important financial awards", said Mr. Markus Wirth, Country Manager Holcim Romania.
The pre-selection of the projects will be made by teams of specialists from Holcim Foundation partner universities in each region of the world. The projects will be assessed by regional independent juries, also using the Internet. Projects are evaluated by independent juries. Radu Teaca, professor at "Ion Mincu" Architecture University, ia part of the Europe region jury. The prizes for Europe will be awarded on September 15th, in Geneve, Switzerland, and the winners name will be announced instantly on the websites of each Holcim Group company.
Six projects will be awarded in Europe region, of a total value of USD 220,000. First place: USD 100.000, second place: USD 50.000, third place USD 25.000. The jury will also offer three acknowledgements of USD 10.000, and has the possibility to offer three encouragement prizes amounting USD 15.000. is organized in partnership with the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH), Zurich, Switzerland; the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Boston, USA; Tongji University (TDX), Shanghai, China; the University of Sao Paolo (USP), Brazil; the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits), Johannesburg, South Africa. is a competition of the Holcim Foundation for Sustainable Construction based in Switzerland. The independent Foundation is an initiative of Holcim Ltd, one of the world's leading suppliers of cement, aggregates, concrete and construction-related services with Group companies and affiliates in more than 70 countries.
Holcim (Romania) S.A. is the Romanian subsidiary of Holcim Group Ltd, one of the world's leading suppliers of cement, as well as aggregates (gravel and sand), concrete and construction-related services. One of the top players in the world construction materials industry, the Group is based in Switzerland and has majority and minority interests in more than 70 countries on all continents. Holcim employs more than 48,000 people operating 130 cement plants and grinding stations and over 750 ready-mixed concrete plants throughout the world. Holcim is also one of the first international players in the construction industry to have invested in Eastern Europe after 1989.Holcim (Romania) S.A. currently operates 3 cement plants, in Turda, Campulung and Alesd, 13 ready-mixed concrete plants (8 of which have been built based on the concept of environment friendliness) and 3 aggregates plants. Holcim (Romania) S.A. currently has approximately 1,300 employees.