Mapúa Wins 2019 Holcim Young Builders Challenge

“Sustainability has never been more imperative than now. It is important to instill this mindset to our future builders during their formative stage.” – Cara Ramirez, Vice President for Communications, Holcim Philippines

Senior Mapúa Architecture students Dexter Pangan, Czarrina Hernandez, Kendrick Supnet and Erik Joshua Isip of Mapúa University’s School of Architecture, Industrial Design, and The Built Environment bagged the top spot of Holcim Philippines, Inc.’s sustainable design contest, 2019 Young Builders Challenge (YBC).

I consider our win as a wake-up call for future builders on how important it is to focus on sustainable construction, as well as in promoting education,” Kendrick Supnet, member of the winning team

The team’s winning project, Haraya: A New Typology for K-12 Schools, proposes a playful school layout to enhance learners’ experience though active social interaction. The proposed project also aims to reduce construction and maintenance costs through by using renewable local materials.

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Holcim Philppines Vice President Cara Ramirez (leftmost) and President and CEO John Stull (rightmost) with 2019 Young Builders Challenge top prize winners, senior Mapúa Architecture students D. Pangan, C.Hernandez, K. Supnet, E. Joshua Isip and class adviser Architect Perry Sanga during the awarding ceremony on May 5, 2019. The team won for a proposal for building spacious and cost-efficient public schools that are more conducive for learning.

 

“We realize that schools’ design lack some elements that would make it more conducive for learning and encouraging students’ imagination. We believe that by creating better facilities, we can provide better education for students. I am so happy that our team got this opportunity to share our ideas through this competition. I consider our win as a wake-up call for future builders on how important it is to focus on sustainable construction, as well as in promoting education,” Supnet said.

The Mapúa students topped 13 other entries from eight schools all over the country. They received a Php80,000 prize and Php20,000 for their school.

Young Builders Challenge aims to encourage aspiring builders to have a more holistic approach to building encouraging them to ensure projects not just economically viable but also environmentally and socially beneficial.

Meanwhile, juniors Marc Joseph Espino and Cheaster Marie Seville of University of the Philippines-Diliman College of Architecture won second place with a proposal for a modular and lightweight concrete house that is highly replicable and can easily adapt to the changing needs of the urban poor.

Ben John Basco, Christian Barrameda, and Paulo Piolino of Eulogio “Amang” Rodriguez Institute of Science & Technology-College of Architecture and Fine Arts (EARIST-CAFA), bagged the third spot for a prototype coastal community center that would act as a base of operations for evacuation during storm surges.

Holcim Philippines Vice President for Communications Cara Ramirez commended the winners and all the participants for the outstanding design concepts the contest received from across the country.

“Sustainability has never been more imperative than now. It is important to instill this mindset to our future builders during their formative stage. We are glad to receive remarkable ideas from our future builders through this competition,” added Ramirez.

Holcim President and CEO John Stull also noted that “these proposals inspire us to continue advocating sustainable construction among our next generation of builders. The YBC is a testament that our young builders are capable of generating ideas that can benefit our society, leading to a more sustainable future.”

Inspired by the “Next Generation” category of the global design contest LafargeHolcim Awards for Sustainable Construction, the Young Builders Challenge aims to encourage aspiring builders to have a more holistic approach to building encouraging them to ensure projects not just economically viable but also environmentally and socially beneficial.

About Holcim Philippines

Holcim Philippines, Inc. (Philippine Stock Exchange: HLCM) is one of the leading building solution companies in the country. The Company has a deep portfolio of innovative solutions fostered by a full range of products from structuring to finishing applications that can help local builders execute with high performance and efficiency a wide range of projects from massive infrastructure to simple home repairs.

With cement manufacturing facilities in La Union, Bulacan, Batangas, Misamis Oriental and Davao, as well as aggregates and dry mix business and technical support facilities for building solutions, Holcim Philippines is a reliable partner of builders in the country.

Holcim Philippines is also committed to the highest standards of sustainable operations and manufacturing excellence with its plants certified under ISO 14001:2004 (Environmental Management System), ISO 9001:2008 (Quality Management System) and OHSAS 18001:2007 (Occupational Health and Safety Management System).

Holcim Philippines is a member of the LafargeHolcim Group, the world leader in the building materials industry present in 80 countries with over 80,000 employees.

 

Holcim Solidifies Partnerships with Davao Constructors, DSWD and TESDA

“These partnerships are a reflection of our commitment to support the development of our communities and the rest of Davao.” -Holcim Davao Plant Manager Xavier Kennedy

With the aim to support Davao city’s development through various industrial and construction-related skills training, livelihood, and employment, the leading building solutions provider, Holcim collaborates with the Region XI offices of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and the Technical Education and Skill Development Authority (TESDA). Holcim also partners with the Davao Constructors Association Center, Inc. (DCACI).

“These partnerships are a reflection of our commitment to support the development of our communities and the rest of Davao. These programs provide our partners with a steady supply of cement and equip members of the community with needed skills to participate in the city’s healthy growth,” -Holcim Davao Plant Manager Xavier Kennedy

Holcim Philippines Sponsors Skilled Workers’ Training with TESDA

Holcim Philippines signed a partnership on April 23 with DSWD and TESDA Region XI offices for training on forklift operations, masonry, carpentry, welding and plumbing for the community members of its Davao plant.

Holcim Davao will provide funding assistance and host the training to be administered by TESDA for 25 beneficiaries, who will be certified as skilled workers. DSWD will select the trainees from barangays near Holcim Davao and provide assistance in mentoring and processing support for the employment of the beneficiaries.

Holcim Davao Plant Manager Xavier Kennedy said the recent partnerships are timely and relevant especially as the city’s construction industry is expected to sustain its healthy rise over the medium term.

“The partnership is truly helpful to people. This was made possible in order to enhance and upgrade the skills and living standards of beneficiaries from the identified neighboring barangays. This will also increase their employability while strongly supporting the government’s ‘Build, Build, Build’ program,” said Ernesto S. Nadera, the acting chief of the Korea-Philippines Vocational Training Center of TESDA.

Holcim Philippines Strengthens Bond with Davao Constructors Association Center, Inc. (DCACI)

Holcim Philippines will provide up to 400,000 metric tons of cement to the Davao Constructors Association Center, Inc. (DCACI), one of the leading building groups in southern Mindanao with 179 members. Holcim Philippines and DCACI signed the partnership on April 24, renewing their supply engagement in 2018 which involved 320,000 tons of cement.

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Officials of Holcim Philippines and the Davao Constructors Association Center, Inc. sign a supply agreement on April 24 to provide reliable cement supply to builders in Davao. In the middle are Holcim Philippines President and CEO John Stull and DCACI President Antonio Uy, who led the signing ceremony.

 

DCACI President Antonio Y. Uy thanked Holcim Philippines for the partnership and lauded the Company for introducing its new high-performance blended cement Solido as a better alternative to ordinary portland cement for infrastructure projects.

“The continued partnership of Holcim and DCACI is like Solido, which gets stronger over time. It is a great innovation because of its environmental and cost advantage over Portland cement which helps us take care of nature while having savings,” he added.

Holcim Philippines

Holcim Philippines, Inc. (Philippine Stock Exchange: HLCM) is one of the leading building solution companies in the country. The Company has a deep portfolio of innovative solutions fostered by a full range of products from structuring to finishing applications that can help local builders execute with high performance and efficiency a wide range of projects from massive infrastructure to simple home repairs.

With cement manufacturing facilities in La Union, Bulacan, Batangas, Misamis Oriental and Davao, as well as aggregates and dry mix business and technical support facilities for building solutions, Holcim Philippines is a reliable partner of builders in the country.

Holcim Philippines is also committed to the highest standards of sustainable operations and manufacturing excellence with its plants certified under ISO 14001:2004 (Environmental Management System), ISO 9001:2008 (Quality Management System) and OHSAS 18001:2007 (Occupational Health and Safety Management System).

Holcim Philippines is a member of the LafargeHolcim Group, the world leader in the building materials industry present in 80 countries with over 80,000 employees.

https://www.holcim.ph/