Davao's tallest building to rise soon

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Thursday, August 25, 2011

SOON, the tallest building in Davao City, if not in Mindanao, will soon rise. It will be located about five kilometers away from the airport, some four kilometers from Ecoland Bus Terminal, and three kilometers from the city hall.

Aeon Towers, as the building is called, will be built in Bajada, beside the Abreeza Mall. The construction will start at first quarter of 2012, and projected time of turnover will be on first quarter of 2016.

Aeon Towers, a luxurious condominium (about 600 units) and a 5-star hotel in one roof, is the next skyscraper to watch.


"It is a high-rise 34-storey building that will consist of commercial areas, hotel and 22 floors of residential condominium units," Ian Y. Cruz said.

Cruz is the president and chief executive officer of FTC Group of Companies. FTC is named after his father, Francisco Tan Cruz. It is an affiliate of the AGL Sons Incorporated, which is known to be one of the leading operators of real estate commercial building development.

Once it is built, Aeon Towers will be one of Davao City's landmarks. In fact, it may rival those buildings in Singapore and Hong Kong in its architectural design and beauty.

"The Aeon Towers is a structure that will embody the spirit of residents of Davao, towering over the Davao City landscape," Cruz explained.

Think of Empire State Building in New York City or the Twin Towers in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. To make it more distinct and unique, the building will look like a monolith that stands as if offering the endless possibilities that life in the fast evolving city has to offer.

"It is a perfect balance between boldness and tradition, between a carefree lifestyle and a progressive mindset," Cruz pointed out.

The term aeon is actually an English word, which alternately means "life" or "being" and "forever" or "eternity." Cruz explained: "The concept of endlessness can be associated with the boundless possibilities of life in the city, and consequently, in the residence which Aeon will offer."

According to Cruz, Aeon Towers will "improve people's perception of high end condominium urban living."

He added: "(It) will provide a peek of what the twenty-first century condominium living in Davao City will look like. There is a promise of a unique experience as first class (state of the art) amenities/features merge together with the natural environment and breathtaking views Davao has plenty to offer."

Cruz said his group of companies is set to make Aeon Towers a fine example of green construction which, to quote the words of one writer, "champions energy efficiency and environmental sustainability in the setting, design, construction, operation, maintenance, renovation and even demolition of structures where human beings live, work and play."

One of the critical issues in Mindanao today is impending energy crisis. Currently, Mindanao consumes 1,500 megawatts (MW). By 2014, the island will have an energy deficit of 420 MW.

To use electricity efficiently and save energy costs, the exterior of the Aeon Towers will be made of special cut glasses.

"These will provide natural lighting during the days thereby less energy consumption," Cruz said.

Another issue that most Filipinos complain about is water. In Metro Manila, for instance, residents often complain of lack of water during the summer months. In some parts of the metropolis, the water supply situation reaches a vulnerable state that the little amount water some residents get is not enough even for emergency purposes like cooking and drinking.

In search for a solution of possible water problem, Aeon Towers will be harvesting rain water, but not for cooking or drinking.

"We will use the rain water for cleaning and watering of landscapes found at the common areas," Cruz said.

But that's not all. There are several other features that make the building more environment-friendly: ultraviolet protective tint for sun rays, sound proof glasses, and open space in the middle for natural ventilation (no "inner units"). Aeon Towers is also equipped with a lightning transistor.

Currently, there are seven real-estate condominium developers in Davao but Aeon Towers epitomizes a different strategy.

"We will offer what would embody the future's high standard quality in condominium living in Davao City, comparable with the world's best," Cruz assured.

For one, Aeon Towers will be one of the first buildings in the country that will offer the Smart Home Technology (SHT). With such innovation, the building will have a network and cable design that can convert a regular home to a fully automated home fit to the taste of the condominium unit owner.

Among those that will be installed: wireless automated lighting, air-conditioning, and whole home audio control.

"All the above features are possible with the use of this system," Cruz explained.

SHT requires absolutely zero power, thereby saving energy. "Besides being environment-friendly, the technology also serves as a realization of a need for automated products that make life easier, safer and more enjoyable," Cruz said.

Most importantly, Aeon Towers will have top-of-the safety features that include an advanced fire protection, alarm and sprinkler systems, reliable back-up power supply, and high-speed passenger elevators.

To lucky would-be residents, Cruz offers this assurance: "Amidst the advance technology features of the condominium, the essence of home is never forgotten in every corner of the designs. It must still remain a home that is 'close to the heart' - so there is also the promise of fond memories and unforgettable experiences if people choose to stay in Aeon Towers."

Aeon Towers is a high-end project complete with prime amenities and a majestic view of Davao Gulf and Mt. Apo, the country's highest peak. Below the tower are four-storey commercial buildings. On top of the tower is a swimming pool, where residents can take a dip while viewing the whole of Davao City and the beautiful Davao Gulf.

On why Aeon Towers will be built in Davao City, Cruz replied: "Davao City is one of the cleanest cities in the country. There is less pollution. If you want to go to the beach, in a matter of ten to fifteen minutes you will be there already."

"Almost everything," Cruz added, "is very convenient. The people are friendlier than those you meet in other cities."

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on August 26, 2011.


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