Panama Pacifico, Panama
In 2007 the planning firm SMWM, based in San Francisco, California, was hired by developers London & Regional Panama (L&RP) to develop plans for a new sustainable city for 50,000 inhabitants, called Panamá Pacífico, to be built on the site of the former U.S. Air Force base of Howard on the west bank of the Panama Canal. Soon thereafter SMWM merged with the architecture and planning firm Perkins + Will and both were subsequently retained by L&RP to design the first mixed- use residential project identified in the master plan, known as SOLEO.
In 2008 ENSITU, S.A. was retained by SMWM/ Perkins + Will as the Executive Architect/ Engineer and Architect of Record and has been responsible for the development of the project in the Schematic Design, Design Development, Construction Documents and Construction Supervision phases. Construction of the project was begun in mid 2010 and is scheduled for completion at the end of 2011.
The building consists of 72 residential units (one, two and three bedroom apartments) on four levels, organized around a central “green” roof/courtyard on top of a two level parking garage. This configuration provides a majority of the apartments with street side and courtyard orientations. Approximately half of the ground floor level (1,300 m2) is occupied by commercial retail and office space. Building materials consist primarily of concrete structural elements, built- up plaster finishes, double glazed windows, commercial storefront window walls, a green roof and a standing seam “galvalume” roof.