Argos

Innovation Center

Argos has come up with a venue in which the challenges to the cement and concrete industry meet with the solutions provided by the academic world, thereby promoting the discovery of new uses for these materials that are key to our ongoing development. All this as part of a collaborative work environment has made available the Company’s leading-edge laboratories to researchers, students and professors from all universities, so that they may create open and pluralistic solutions in terms of materials, processes and applications. Argos believes that gender equality encompasses the inclusion of both women and men given the important social roles both play in the workplace.

 

Devising, creating, imagining and proposing innovative solutions to address the challenges facing our industry are just some of the Center’s objectives, thereby providing a tangible approach to the concept of science.

We are convinced of the value of employability and income generation as a means of empowerment that allows us to help overcome social inequality and honor our social debt, as well as to create more capital for the country’s economic and social development.

 

Employees, students and professors from all universities, laboratories are provided with the use of our leading-edge laboratories so that they may come up with open and pluralistic solutions in terms of materials, processes and applications.

The Argos Innovation Center, set up in partnership with the Universidad EAFIT, is one of the most important ideas that Argos has come up with in recent times. The amount of research and innovation that goes on in this Center shall provide new and improved functionalities to new generations of concrete and cement products, thereby advancing our Industry’s technological and sustainable development.

Investment

Investment

$25.000

million pesos in the actual construction

$5.000

million in laboratory equipment

laboratories

12  laboratories

Processes, nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR), sample preparation, concretes, applications, electron microscopy (FESEM), X-ray, physical, chemical, thermal, instrumental analysis and biotechnology and micro algae cultures.

Building

design

Building

Design

Architect: Lorenzo Castro Selected from four proponents as part of an architectural competition sponsored by Argos and EAFIT.

Design parameters

Dessign

Parameters

LEED sustainable construction.

The building is in the process of applying for its LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification in the Gold category, this to be awarded by the USGBC (U.S. Green Building Council).

Construction

 

 

Construction
4.807 m2 

Total constructed area.

6.845 m2 

Total area corresponding to construction and open public spaces

4.492 m3

of concrete used

4.492 m3

of value-added Argos products

Vegetation

Native or adopted vegetation

Promoting species biodiversity and reducing the consumption of potable water for plant irrigation purposes.

Plants provide cover for 45% of the total area

This reduces the urban heat island effect.

Value added

63%  deproducts are value-added products.

Prefabricated in high-strength concrete, colored paving concrete, colored pervious concrete, industrial flooring concrete, and self-compacting concrete.

reduction in water consumption

72% reduction in  water consumption

Rainwater collection system located on the roofs of the building reduces the use of potable water.

Workstations

60 workstations

Between fixed and mobile

Reduction in energy consumption

44% reduction in energy consumption

Thanks to the specification of its light fittings and the efficiency of its design, the building's energy consumption was reduced by 44%

alternative
transportation

12 bicycle racks / 6 showers

Facilitating access to the building through an alternative and environmentally friendly transportation system.

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Innovaciones

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