Panama City, Panama

Considering the growth and urban development in Panama City, it is necessary to recognize the need for permanent projects that can adapt to the growing population. The Torres de Toscana (Toscana Towers) is an urban residential project constructed to the north of Panama City to support the expansion and provide a permanent fixture geared towards the middle class, where high quality and low construction costs are required for keeping prices low to attract families.

concrete form for cast in place concrete constructionEFCO provided the E-Z DECK® shoring system to form the three levels of parking at the base of towers. The slabs varied from 240 mm and 450 mm (9″ and 18″) in thickness with a floor to ceiling height of 3,30 m (10′-10″). EFCO provided equipment for 2,070 m2 (22,280 sq. ft.) of forming, enough to form half of one floor so the system was cycled once on each level.

Like most design build projects, structural changes can come with little warning and this project was no different. After construction had begun, a significant change was requested to the thickness of the slabs which required additional forming equipment. EFCO provided a quick response and coordinated with the EFCO warehouse to quickly swap out equipment to accommodate the need for additional shoring without any delays; maximizing the use of equipment and minimizing labor costs.

EFCO also provided the HAND-E-FORM® system to form the columns and the central elevator core on the project. The contractor used five sets of forms to pour the 30 columns and two sets of HAND-E-FORM equipment to pour the 12 shear walls required to construct the parking garage levels. Although the customer was delayed in the beginning of the project, the simple mechanics and versatility of the EFCO HAND-E-FORM system allowed the contractor to fast-track the job, reducing the estimated time to complete the project. This was possible because the handset system cycled efficiently and the all steel face sheet provided an excellent concrete finish that reduced time and costs associated with patching and finishing the concrete, optimizing the work of the crew.