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  Cathie Rogg
Alpena Community College
517-356-3021 ext. 297

Alpena Community College Dedicates Room to Acknowledge Contribution

CAMBRIDGE, MA, April 27, 2000 -- Grace Construction Products, a world leader in the construction products industry, today announced that it has donated more than $30,000 in products and services for the construction of the new World Center for Concrete Technology at Alpena Community College of Alpena, Michigan.

The College plans to acknowledge Grace's contribution by marking a room in the World Center with a donor plaque. "Grace's contribution is critical to the building's completion," says Donald. L. Newport, Ph.D., President of Alpena Community College.

The 43,000 square foot facility, which is expected to open in August 2000, will offer educational programs and services that further enhance developments in concrete science. Alpena Community College is the only school of its kind in the nation that offers a comprehensive Concrete Technology program.

Grace will contribute $25,000 in materials, including DRY-BLOCK® water-repellent admixtures and Perm-A-Barrier® Wall Membrane, to be used in the construction of the Center. The company will also supply other admixtures for masonry block, admixture dispenser technology and equipment to the Center, totaling an additional $5,000-6,000 in in-kind donations.

Both DRY-BLOCK and Perm-A-Barrier Wall Membrane provide water protection for masonry and concrete construction. DRY-BLOCK is an integral system of block and mortar admixtures and INFINISEAL™ sealer. Perm-A-Barrier Wall Membrane provides a continuous seal against air and vapor leakage around the entire building.

Grace's participation in the World Center for Concrete Technology originated three years ago when Jeremy P.M. Gray, General Manager of Masonry Products at Grace Construction Products, met with James C. Park, Chairman and CEO, Besser Company, to discuss the role of education in advancing concrete science. Since then, the project has been guided by Grace and other members of the "Partners Council," a leadership group charged with guiding the Center to determine strategy and meeting industry needs. Council members include Gray from Grace, Newport of Alpena Community College, and Park, from Besser.

"For more than 50 years, Grace has focused on pioneering value-added products for the construction industry and supporting research and educational programs that continue to advance the technology in this field," said Gray. "We are pleased to have a key role in the development of this world-class center for the study of concrete technology. Alpena Community College's unique curriculum offers students up-to-the-minute representation of this industry and the latest applied techniques of concrete in construction."

The Alpena Community College Concrete Technology curriculum is a two-year applied science degree program that grants associate degrees to graduates. Current lab facilities include a complete pilot block plant, as well as demonstration and testing areas. Students work on project labs that often involve applied research for commercial and governmental clients from across the country. Ribbon cutting and a public open house are scheduled at the World Center for Concrete Technology August 5, 2000. Contact Alpena Community College Office of Public Information for details at (517) 356-9021, ext. 215.

Grace Construction Products, a business unit of W.R. Grace & Co. (NYSE: GRA), is a leading manufacturer worldwide of concrete admixtures, cement processing additives, fire protection and waterproofing products and masonry products, with more than 125 plants and sales offices around the world.

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