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Friday, August 21, 2009

Las Olas Press Release

Las Olas presents a tranquil escape to Panamanians and Foreigners to enjoy one of the most stunning beaches in Panama. The sound of the magnificent waves crashing, the call of the birds inhabiting the nature preserve, the opportunity to ride horseback on the beach and natural beauty beyond compare all come within minutes of David…and for a reasonable price. This is where your dream of owning a piece of oceanfront can become a reality.

Playa La Barqueta is the longest beach in Panama. In this paradise you will find unparalleled infrastructure. 50 existing oceanfront homes, a 48 room beach resort, and an existing 42 unit condominium line the beach. A first class water treatment facility, fiber optic internet, security, 3 tennis courts under construction and golf course planning well underway add significant value to a dream that has already become a reality.

The next project at Las Olas is now taking preconstruction contracts for its masterpiece, Condominio Estrella del Mar. Featuring 68 units, 16 poolside cabanas, a resort style pool, it is truly paradise by the sea. Each unit features uninterrupted views of the Pacific, three bedrooms, two bathrooms, stainless steel appliances, granite countertops, balconies, central a/c, appliances, and luxurious finishes throughout, all for a pre-construction price of $250,000. One can have a haven here only minutes from the David International Airport and enjoy the infrastructure and amenities already existing without having to invest a fortune. But now is a good time to invest considering that the next phase of the development is ready to launch.

As a center piece of the development will be a championship par 72 golf course surrounded by houses of various sizes, condominiums, townhomes and single family lots. Adjacent to a nature preserve, one can live and enjoy the tranquility of Chiriqui while still benefitting from unparalleled infrastructure and amenities.

The master plan design strategy was a collaboration over a 2 year period between Property Owners, Development Team, Master Planners, Golf Course Architect, Engineers, Architect, Environmental Scientists, and Surveyors where the overriding objective is to develop the site while maintaining the natural attributes and beauty of the area.

The property has been in the owner’s family for generations. Their insistence that the surroundings be respected and that sound stewardship of the property are held as the highest priority.

The following is a brief overview of the elements that comprise the golf course phase of the development.

• GOLF COURSE – A signature course is planned as the focal point of the development. The course is a links style course. It’s primarily located on former agricultural land. The course is also arranged to take advantage of the existing waterway and natural drainage patterns. The clubhouse areas are centrally located to encourage pedestrian activity to the facilities.

• LAKES – The lakes are situated in lower areas and are interconnected by waterways or culverts. The lakes are both visually appealing and provide an engineering function in regard to storm water treatment and management. The placement and size of the lakes are designed to accommodate site hydrology and provide irrigation options for the golf course and park areas.

• WATERWAYS – Much of the existing waterways are planned to be maintained or enhanced. This is an effort to maintain hydrologic conditions within the preservation areas, assist in storm water management, and equalize lake levels.

• ROADS – The roads are planned as private roads with a cross section width of 12.8 meters and 15 meters. The roads are situated on ridge lines or elevated areas where possible. The road system essentially frames the golf course and provides the opportunity to achieve a generous area to accommodate a championship golf course. The road system also avoids environmentally sensitive areas and is situated to provide the opportunity to locate the majority of homesites on an amenity.

• PARKS – The park areas are dispersed throughout the development and are all connected by a sidewalk system. The parks will accommodate a combination of passive areas, activity areas, pocket parks and linear park areas.

• WETLAND AREAS – The areas identified by the environmental scientists as sensitive have been given priority in the plan formulation as areas to be preserved. The layout of the plan facilitates maintaining the historic hydrology of these areas to ensure conservation.

• HOMESITES – The plan objective is to locate the majority of homesites with a view of or preferably adjacent to a project amenity, i.e., golf course, lake, park, or wetland area. The lot size was determined by research of many similar international projects and was determined at 0.1ha. This lot size will accommodate a full range of home designs while maintaining generous setbacks and adequate space to allow for private pools, gardens, spas, or other private recreational amenities. The lot size is also adequate to accommodate septic and drain field systems.

• MULTI-FAMILY TRACTS – There are three distinct multi-family components within the plan, which will provide housing diversity. These tracts are separated to encourage contrasting style and product type. Each tract is of adequate size to provide their own amenity package and offer a unique community identity.

• COMMERCIAL – the commercial component within the plan will service the needs of the community by offering community shopping areas sized properly to provide a mixture of general commercial services and convenience retail uses. The commercial areas will offer a variety of services and products to sustain this community.

• COMMUNITY SERVICE AREAS – These planned areas will accommodate the essential operational facilities for the community. These areas are strategic located in order to centralize the treatment, storage and maintenance of these services.

• WATER SERVICE – Potable water will be provided to all elements within the development by a distribution system in the road right-of-ways. The distribution system will be supplied by a community water treatment plant. The treatment facilities will be accommodated within the community service areas. The raw water wells will be developed within the development boundaries. The distribution system will also provide fire hydrants.

• WASTE WATER- The individual homesites will utilize on site disposal systems (septic and drain field). The multi-family condominiums and commercial areas will utilize a centralize package sewage treatment plant and disposal system located within a community service area. Each tract will provide a lift station and force main to the treatment plant. (See Typical Section G-1)

• ELECTRIC, PHONE & FIBER OPTIC SERVICES – These services will be provided to the homesites and development tracts utilizing underground conduits and strategically located transformers and equipment.

Friday, July 3, 2009

Road Repair at Las Olas

Thank you Mr. Frank Yates for your email acknowledging the recent repairs done to the road. A nice community deserves good roads. We understand this, and when compared to any road in Coronado for example, no one can deny that the roads at Las Olas are spectacular.

"I believe we all owe Anthony a voice of "THANK YOU" for getting boththe incoming road AND the entry road repaired. Our cars are going tolast longer.

THANK YOU ANTHONY Residents of Playa Barqueta"

How much do trees weigh?

We are going to be planting lots of trees at Las Olas and are looking at getting a skid steer loader and a tree spade. We want to make sure we get the proper equipment, so we are calculating how heavy the loads (trees) will be. Below is an interesting article i found on this subject.

Analyzing tree weight formulas

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Analyzing the weight of large tree for safety and cost effective handling.
In having to remove and relocate large trees I found it reassuring to have used a accurate method for establishing the weight.
I have a chart I use for figuring crane loads. The chart is from the U S Dept. of Interior "National Park Service " sheet "Rope Knots and Climbing". I found the chart in one of Sherrills tool magazines about a year ago or so. It shows weight by species and provides 1 column with weight by cubic feet and others by increasing diameters in inches from 10"dia. To 36" dia. Its kind of convenient so you dont have to make the math calculation.On the chart.Live Oak 76 lbs per cu ft is by far the heaviest of those listed Shagbark Hickory is the next closest at 64 lbs per cu ftPines and spruce at 34 lbs cu ft The others all run around 40 to 50 to 60 lbs per. cu ft
AS I am 46 now and my bones tell me its time to be an Oak Man. I use cranes when ever I can as I have found their use to speed the work so effectively as to make them a economic advantage not to mention the ease and greater safety when dealing with extreme weights. Of large removals and the occasional large transplants. I have transplanted a 48" Live Oak but thats another story. A 26 rootball weighed a lot more than the tree.
When I worked as a Carpenter I had some experience figuring the volume of concrete for filling round columns. I have even figured volumes on a shape called the frustums of cones. Which by the way is relative to a tapering tree trunk. Cones are like the (ice cream cone in having a pointed end. A frustum is the name used for describing what is left of the cone shape after the pointed end is removed. Logs and frustums are relatively the same shape. Circular objects that possess two ends of different diameters. Providing the log possesses an even taper from one end to the other than they are the same as frustums. Some caution is advised as if the log possesses a sudden change in its diameter at some point along its length then an under estimating of its volume will occur. To be on the safe side it would be better to use a slightly larger size on the small end or more accurately figure it in separate pieces, starting and stopping at the changing places.
No doubt a log 4' in diameter and 8' long weighs a bunch. A log 12 in diameter would be a whole bunch more than that. I have always lifted them with one finger. That is one finger circling in the air signaling the operator of a crane.
However in the interest of establishing some accuracy so one doesnt find oneself hiring a larger crane than you need. Or cutting a log up more than you need to. Or on the other side having too small of a crane and having to cut it up a lot more than you thought. I thought I would take you through what I believe is an accurate way to establish the weight of logs.
Formula for figuring the volume of a cylinder. Volume = .7854 times the (diameter to 2nd power) times the Height.V = .7854 times diameter times diameter times the height.The Volume of a 4 foot diameter log that is eight feet long is v = (.7854 times 4 times 4 times 8 ) = 100.5312 cu. ft.
A four foot diameter log, eight feet long is 100.5312 cu. ft. a cord is 128 cu ft. You might think a cord is a cord. I have found in the past that a cord can be loosely confusing. The Microsoft Bookshelf dictionary says " cord 8. Abbr. CD. A unit of quantity for cut fuel wood, equal to a stack measuring 4 W 4 W 8 feet or 128 cubic feet (3.62 cubic meters).
I sell pine pulpwood to the local paper mill. They pay me by the cord. I get $54 for every cord I bring. They weigh the truck in and out and give me credit for 1 cord for every 5,800 lbs for Pine and $48 for Hardwoods (Oak). For some reason I have found that sometimes people mistakenly will think that a cord weighs a ton. It doesnt so dont. A ton is a measure of weight thats all and has no association with cords or their weight.
Microsoft Bookshelf dictionary says "ton (tyn) nounAbbr. t., tn.1. A unit of weight equal to 2,000 pounds (0.907 metric ton or 907.18 kilograms). Also called net ton, short ton.2. A unit of weight equal to 2,240 pounds (1.016 metric tons or 1,016.05 kilograms). Also called long ton.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Blog soon to be part Las Olas Resort site

This blog will soon be part of the las olas comunity news site.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Seco and Hueco Pot-hole Season

A while back, some residents where joking with me and they mentioned that there are two seasons: "Seco and Hueco." Meaning, that in the dry season, it is indeed dry, and then in the green season, the rain can cause pot holes to form in the road. When most of the roads are in good shape, hitting an unexpected pot-hole can be more then just a nuisance. As was the case for this gentleman:

As you pull into the Las Olas Community, please slow down. Additionally we are having some the pot-holes filled (at our expense) and it is much more than $100. Furthermore the arrival road to la barqueta is a government maintained public road. The MOP department should be contacted. Please follow this link to submit an official complaint, suggestion, or compliment.

Monday, May 25, 2009

Tennis Anyone?

Say hello to the new 3 court tennis facility at Las Olas Golf and Beach Club!