Stringent tests ensure building reliability of Avida structures
Owning a condominium unit or a house and lot marks a milestone in the life of homeowners. For Avida Land clients, the home usually represents a lifestyle upgrade; is the fruit of years of hard work and is often the fulfillment of an aspiration or dream, according to market research.
To an average Avida homeowner, the monthly amortization of his unit represents at least one third of his monthly income or a major chunk of his savings. To ensure that the hard-earned unit truly represents good value, Avida designs, materials and layouts undergo stringent tests, according to Avida officials.
Building reliability is ensured by Avida Land from the conceptual stage through the engagement of the services of a reliable third party audit or a peer reviewer of international caliber.
Engr. Alberto Manus, project manager of Avida Land's construction management group discloses: "Avida Land has tapped Ove Arup to review the structural design of our condominium developments." Ove Arup is a 60-year old UK firm specializing in building, infrastructure and consulting, with 70 offices in more than 30 countries.
As a peer reviewer, Ove Arup engineers go over the structural design of Avida Land's condominium buildings, discuss their findings with Avida's team of architects and engineers and recommend alterations or revisions to further strengthen the structural soundness of the edifice, which should withstand tremors and other natural calamities.
It is only after Ove Arup and Avida Land teams have agreed to the revisions that the real property developer starts civil works on its condominium projects, says Architect Jeremy Acosta, the department head of Avida Land's technical planning unit.
Avida Land's research and development team tests all finishing products such as paint, door knobs, electrical outlets and window latches to ensure that the materials used are of the highest quality and will last over time, according to Avida Land's senior architect Antonio Villavicencio.
After the Avida Land unit owner has moved in, the development's property manager provides post-construction assistance to homeowners. The property manager's services include ensuring the cleanliness and maintenance of common facilities such as the elevator and hallways, garbage disposal, minor repair, assistance in the installation of electrical appliances, and crisis management if a disaster or a major problem will arise.
Ayala Property Management Corp. sees to it that Avida properties enjoy 24/7 security, adequate water and electricity. Avida Land community amenities include a multipurpose clubhouse, swimming pool, sports facilities and landscaped parks and are also supervised and maintained by the property management team.
Residents of Quezon City and other northern towns of the national capital region in search of a structurally sound condominium development are invited to visit Avida Towers New Manila along Bonny Serrano Avenue. Its studio, one-bedroom, two-bedroom and loft model units are open to prospective buyers for viewing. Avida Towers units cost P1 million to P3.2 million.