Must-haves for a disaster-ready home
Century Properties Group recognizes the importance of building not just captivating structures, but architectural marvels that also uphold the safety and well-being of its communities.
In the north, though The Residences at Commonwealth in Quezon City stands on an elevated location, Century Properties took into consideration the surface water runoff that might affect its neighboring villages and establishments. The site is also properly graded to make sure the runoff from the property drains to the proper outfall locations.
For the Residences at Azure North in San Fernando, Pampanga, the entire site was backfilled by 3 to 4 meters to elevate the finish grade. An adequate drainage design was also incorporated for flood readiness.
The area of Century City on Kalayaan Avenue in Makati City, Century Properties has put in place a flood-prevention and mitigation system that includes the installation of sump pumps within the buildings which pump out water into the drainage.
The company made sure to rehabilitate drainage lines found under neighboring streets to lessen the possibility of basement flooding.
In Acqua Private Residences in Mandaluyong, an extensive flood risk analysis was done for the site during its planning stages and though its less likely to experience flooding given its open access to the sea, Century Properties still undertook measures to prevent flooding. All parking areas are above ground floor level. The ground floor of all towers, and its amenity and retail areas have an increased elevation of 1.5 meters.
Down south at the Azure Urban Resort Residences in Parañaque City, Century Properties worked with Barangay Marcelo Green as well as the city government in the construction of a drainage system that traverses through the company property.
Century Properties follows the Philippine National Building Code, employing a team of engineers and architects to ensure the integrity of its buildings in Century City Makati, the Residences at Commonwealth in Quezon City, the Residences at Azure North in San Fernando, Pampanga; Acqua Private Residences in Mandaluyong and Azure Urban Resort Residences in Paranaque City.
On top of following the National Structural Code of the Philippines, the high-rise condominiums developed by the company also employ SMRF or Special Moment Resisting Frame, which are frames with members and joints that allow buildings to withstand the forces caused by an earthquake. For its much taller buildings that dot the skyline, the company uses Performance-Based Design methods – considered as a gold standard in designing skyscrapers around the world as it specifies design parameters for a building to withstand the seven strongest earthquakes within the past 2,500 years.
Century Properties has also sought the expertise of geotechnical expert Dr. Brian Tan, M.SC to outline structural design considerations for its Commonwealth and Azure North projects.
The company also commissioned t Structural Engineers, Sy^2 + Associates and Tandem Engineering Consultancy for the structural design and analysis of the Commonwealth buildings, while the internationally renowned Ove Arup & Partners served as the structural design peer reviewer for Azure North and the highly-reputable Advanced Foundation Construction Systems Inc. serves as the bored piling contractor for Azure North’s structural foundations.
In all projects by Century Properties, proper equipment is in place such as fire alarms, smoke detectors, sprinklers, fire extinguishers, and fire hose cabinets, and the presence of fire hydrants as readily available water sources.
Pressurized fire exits are also strategically-located in each building, providing homeowners and staff a place to go during an emergency. Regular fire, earthquake, and emergency preparedness drills are conducted in every property.