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Congratulations to LafargeHolcim.

Posted October 12, 2020

Holly Hill

Holly Hill canal

Portland Cement Association (PCA) is the premier policy, research, education, and market intelligence organization serving America’s cement manufacturers.  PCA members represent 91 percent of U.S. cement production capacity with facilities in all 50 states.  PCA promotes safety, sustainability, and innovation in all aspects of construction, fosters continuous improvement in cement manufacturing and distribution, and generally promotes economic growth and sound infrastructure investment.

PCA recently announced their 2020 Energy and Environment Awards. The awards recognize plants across the U.S. for outstanding environmental and community relations efforts. The 2020 awards are evaluated for environmental efforts completed in 2019.

LafargeHolcim, a SynTerra client since 1997, received the Land Stewardship Award for work at its Holly Hill plant in South Carolina. To address safety, economic, and environmental concerns, the plant relocated a diversion canal to a stream that is ecologically beneficial and like its original path. This path was changed prior to LafargeHolcim’s ownership. The diversion canal lacked natural stream features such as floodplains, depth, and width changes. In the case of collapse or structural failure, the canal could endanger employees and the plant, flood, or cause environmental damage.

LafargeHolcim engaged SynTerra to conduct a multi-year, expansive project of diverting the existing canal. The new stream features many improvements including a woodland buffer, a new channel route, enhanced natural habitat, and increased safety. The project required more than a decade in design, permitting, and construction effort. SynTerra assisted with required regulatory approval from the US Army Corps of Engineers, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, and the SC Department of Health and Environmental Control.

SynTerra experts on site.

SynTerra on job site.

Congratulations to LafargeHolcim and the Holly Hill plant for their continued success. SynTerra is happy to be a longtime partner and help them meet their environmental and engineering goals.

For more information on the PCA awards visit, https://www.cement.org/awards/2020-energy-and-environment-award-winners.