The new home of 200-plus Cemex USA headquarters staff is designed to tell the story of company products through the use and display of concrete, cement and aggregate. Lending an industrial feel, effects include polished concrete hallway floors, cement-based wall tile treatments and handrails fabricated from rebar, which is also used as a circular ring bearing video monitors in the facility’s Customer Experience Center.
In addition to sourcing concrete from the producer’s local ready mixed operations for the headquarters construction, notes Cemex USA Director of Real Estate Ed Prins, “We worked with Inventure Design of Houston to showcase the versatility of our products internally, and it illustrates how cement is the foundation of our lives every day.”
The 82,000-sq.-ft. office is located across the Interstate 10/Katy Freeway from the producer’s prior headquarters. Flanked by company officials and employees, Cemex USA President Ignacio Madridejos brandished a pair of golden scissors to cut the ribbon at the entrance to new offices, noting “This beautiful building will be part of the community for years and illustrates our commitment to being part of it.”
VENTURES UNIT ENGAGES STARTUPS, ENTREPRENEURS, INNOVATORS AND DISRUPTERS
A new Cemex S.A.B. de C.V. unit will focus on innovation, technology and venture capital as they drive construction industry evolution. Cemex Ventures will develop opportunities in areas outside of the producer’s core cement, concrete and aggregate businesses:
- Urban Development. Understanding, influencing and capitalizing on modern urban or suburban growth planning, building design, and operations management through a) smart cities and sustainable development initiatives; and, b) solving social and informal market issues via modern engagement, incentives, and regulatory change.
- Improving Connectivity. Connecting and facilitating coordination among construction ecosystem players through data collection and exchanges; analysis-based technologies; plus, digitally-enabled experiences driving quality, transparency, efficiency, and time to value.
- Construction Trends and Technologies. Developing and exploiting the newest and most innovative technologies in construction, from 3D printing and drone-enabled management tools to robotics, Internet of Things devices and augmented reality.
- Reinforcing Project Finance Resources. Piloting and scaling new urban project financing and standards for transparency, four-plus way data matching, and procure to pay and order to cash automation.
|Polished concrete floors lead to a centralized staircase made of a cement-based product, notes Morgan Stautzenberger of Inventure Design. Houston-based Anslow Bryant Construction and O’Donnell/Snider Construction did the pours and coordinated the polishing, respectively.|
“Through its open and flexible model, Cemex Ventures aims to generate insights, nurture ideas, incubate, invest in, and commercialize the most promising solutions, while driving disruptive change in the construction ecosystem and thereby developing new sources of revenue,” says Cemex CEO Fernando Gonzalez. “By engaging startups, entrepreneurs, universities, and other stakeholders, Cemex Ventures will tackle current challenges in the construction environment and shape the industry’s future.”
The inaugural Cemex Ventures Competition opened late last month with a call for startups, entrepreneurs, innovators, and businesses that are exploring new opportunities in any of the four focus areas. — www.cemexventures.com