With the recent earthquakes that rocked the three regions of Mindanao, residents are now more conscious of building structures.
Davao City’s growing skyline is no exception to the equally growing concerns over safety and stability of these structures.
Aeon Towers, the city’s first tallest building project at 33 storeys, has set the benchmark in modern architecture and structural innovation in Southern Philippines. That attention to structural stability was committed to by the homegrown developers of Aeon Towers way before the two temblors that left some 3,160 structures damaged in Mindanao.
According to its engineers, Aeon Towers is designed using sophisticated structural software and conforms to the latest provisions of the National Structural Code of the Philippines,International Building Code, Uniform Building Code, ACI Building Code, and other relevant codes for earthquake-resistant structures in high seismic-risk regions.
To ensure building resilience and stability, the glass-encased Aeon Towers is built on a complex system of base and foundation design, which can absorb energy in the event of an earthquake and convey it from the top of the building to the deep foundation.
“Extensive seismic and geotechnical studies were conducted to come up with this solid structural design and ensure that stringent structural measures against earthquakes are in place,” said Aeon Luxe Properties president and CEO Ian Y. Cruz.
“At Aeon Towers, we aim to provide quality living in all aspects. This means making safety a priority from the very design to the construction of our building. We have taken all the necessary steps to make sure that residents of Aeon Towers get to enjoy an extra layer of protection within our property,” Cruz said.
Aeon Towers believe that before starting any major construction project, engineers must evaluate the building site’s seismic activity and propose an appropriate design. Although poorly-built structures can sometimes resist vertical loads, horizontal loads cause the worst damage, often collapsing buildings on the first shake.
Earthquake-resistant structures are the latest trends in the construction industry where structures are so designed to protect buildings from earthquakes. While no structure can be entirely immune to damage from earthquakes, construction experts say the goal of earthquake-resistant construction is to erect structures that fare better during seismic activity than their conventional counterparts.