Trio of Pacific projects stress sustainability

Axiom Development Group has chosen the southern Pacific coast for its initial three projects.

Potential residents can choose from the beach or the mountains, still with proximity to the ocean.

Elan Condominium at Ballena, Terraces Condominium and Sierra Collection Condominium are near Uvita between Dominicalito and Playa Hermosa.  The Sierra Collection feature’s mountain top estate homes.

The company said that it has a strategic vision and commitment to ensuring a positive impact on the communities in which it builds and is taking sustainable development to new levels.

Noting that Costa Rica is devoted to being the first nation in the world to be carbon-neutral by 2023, Axiom said it has risen to the challenge while developing land characterized by difficult soil conditions, rugged terrain and strict government regulations.

“Our vision from day one has been to build projects that integrate into the fabric of the surrounding culture and landscape,” explained Blake Delatte, a founding partner of Axiom along with Michael Himes. “Costa Rica’s natural beauty is what brought us here in the first place, and we remain committed to sustaining and enhancing the locations we develop through disciplined planning and construction.”

“Michael and Blake made it clear to me that we would spare no expense to work around unique features in order to create a better product,” explained Luis Rodríguez, an award-winning architect with extensive experience in Central American development and the concept of integrating architecture into the environment. “Axiom is building homes and communities that will become natural extensions of their surrounding landscapes. That is a very challenging task, but one that the company is whole-heartedly committed to.”

While the concept of sustainable development has become a focus in many parts of the world, Axiom said it is stepping outside of the boundaries of that definition through enhancement practices that go beyond the limits of its land and the company’s bottom line.

At Élan at Ballena, Axiom said it is mitigating natural water run-off from nearby mountains that can contaminate the marine environment into which it eventually flows. Rather than ignoring the issue, the company has invested in an elaborate series of filtration points that weave through its property in order to deliver purified run-off to the Pacific Ocean, it added.

Axiom has also extended the reach of its beautification efforts to include surrounding communities outside of its development zones, while also investing in partnerships with Costa Rica that are helping to advance the environmental goals of the government, while defining new development practices aimed at integrating communities into the natural fabric of the land, said the firm in a summary of the projects.

“One of the projects we are working on with the Costa Rican government is creating new programs that will lead to the first development with all common areas running on solar power,” notes Delatte, whose background includes extensive experience as a landscape architect for some of the world’s leading architectural firms. “We have also built solar technology into our Sierra Collection mountain estates in order to offset consumption from the grid.”

The company’s nursery of 22,000 native plants and nearly 1,000 trees is an
example of the environmental philosophy in action, as is its build local practice, which supports local economies and communities.

“Each development is very different, but the company’s commitment is the same in every location,” says Rodríguez. “As a company, Axiom’s collective experience in Central America has helped us all to embrace the vision of Michael and Blake, while striving to find better ways to optimize environmental elements.”

These condos have an unobstructed view of the Pacific.

These condos have an unobstructed view of the Pacific.

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