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Rafiki Village Building with Greenblock Insulated Concrete Forms


Rafiki Foundation's new home office complex to be built on a 50+ acre campus in Eustis, Florida will consist of 13 structures built with Greenblock insulated concrete forms.

Stuart, FL, March 11, 2008 --(PR.com)-- Greenblock to Provide Insulated Concrete Form Walls for New Home Offices of Rafiki Foundation in Central Florida. 57-acre site in Eustis, FL to feature 13 buildings with ICF walls.

Greenblock® Worldwide Corporation has been awarded the insulated concrete form (ICF) product and installation contract for the new Home Offices of The Rafiki Foundation, Inc. The 57-acre Rafiki campus will feature 13 buildings constructed with more than 25,000 square feet of Greenblock ICFs. Sustainable, energy-efficient and structurally superior buildings were mandated by the design architects for this project, which lead them to the selection of Greenblock ICFs for the exterior wall systems.

“Greenblock is extremely proud to have been selected as the ICF manufacturer and installer for this project,” said John Riddle, Central Florida territory manager for Greenblock. “The sustainable and energy-efficient ICF designs for these structures will lessen the impact on energy use within this community and become a long-lasting benefit for the Rafiki Foundation as the maintenance and operating costs will be significantly less than concrete block or wood-frame construction.”

Mark Construction Company of Longwood, FL is providing construction management for project which is scheduled to begin in late February and conclude in early September, 2008. The Rafiki Foundation has already begun relocation of staff members form their current Home Office in San Antonio in anticipation of this construction project. Upon completion of the Home Office complex, approximately 15 full-time employees will be working from the Rafiki campus where hundreds of volunteers will receive training and preparation instruction before leaving for Africa to provide services directly to orphaned children at one of their ten Rafiki Villages located in ten African countries.

“Rafiki Foundation has constructed buildings of superior quality and energy efficiency in all its projects in Africa, so when it was time to build our new Home Office in the United States we wanted the same thing,” said Steve Kranz, Rafiki’s Director of Home Operations. “It was a perfect fit for us to choose ICF construction, knowing that it would provide beautiful and very energy efficient buildings. And, Greenblock’s reputation for superior quality, competitive price and exceptional customer service made them an easy choice as our provider for ICF. We look forward to working with Greenblock and to a long future in our beautiful new Home Office.”

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About Greenblock, Inc.
Greenblock Worldwide Corp is a manufacturer of Insulated Concrete Form wall systems for the residential and commercial building industries. With its roots in Europe over 45 years ago, today’s Greenblock is an ICF Industry leader recognized for its outstanding design and ease of use. Over the years, a significant number of structures have been built with Greenblock. Projects that range from stem walls, basements, single and multi-story residences, apartments, condominiums, towers and even swimming pools. Government agencies, schools, commercial and light industrial companies are now recognizing the superior features of insulated concrete form-built structures and are beginning to utilize them for environmental, disaster resistance and energy conservation benefits.

About Rafiki Foundation, Inc.
The Rafiki Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit Christian ministry that builds and operates orphanages in ten English-speaking countries in Africa, including Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Liberia, Malawi, Nigeria, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia. Within these ten countries are more than 24 million orphaned boys and girls, the innocent victims of famine, civil war and disease – mainly the HIV/AIDS pandemic. Rafiki provides housing, meals, clothing, education, Christian nurture, and medical care for its children from the time they arrive at the Rafiki Villages until they reach young adulthood. It is the mission of the ministry to raise up the next generation of African leaders from among its children with the hope that they may be able to lead their countries out of the cycle of devastation that has gripped the African continent for the past three decades. The Rafiki Foundation, which was founded in 1957 by Missionaries Rosemary Jensen and her husband, Dr. Robert Jensen, relies on private donations to fund its numerous projects. For more information about Rafiki and its ministry, please visit www.rafiki-foundation.org.

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John Riddle, Central Florida Greenblock
407-466-1755 or Jriddle@greenblock.com

Steve Reiter, National Greenblock
800-216-1820 or sreiter@greenblock.com
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