Pre-construction is an interesting phase of development. There is an immense amount of work to be done, but it is not the kind of work you can see from looking at the site. Unlike the wall-raising excitement of construction, pre-construction involves detailed staking, step topography and of course, architectural drawing.
We get asked a lot — who is on the island? Can we see what’s going on?
So I took some pictures of the process when I was on the island last month. These photos come from staking out the hotel rooms with a couple of cohorts: Aris, the Project Coordinator, and Francis, a member of our crew. Basically, this process involves a lot of walking, marking on the map, and staking off each unit. Once we determine the entrance to each unit, we then analyze the views and large boulders and trees that we’ll need to work around — keeping in mind our goal to clear as little land as possible and keep all old growth trees in place. We take 360-degree photographs for reference later.
We do this sort of exercise for every single building on the site, which ensures not only that each site will be preserved appropriately, but also that every single building will have a perfect view and its own unique feel. Sustainable development represents a core part of our mission at Amble, and the immersed-in-nature feel of a vacation home that is literally built around the vital components of the environment contributes to the excitement and connection we hope travelers will find on Isla Palenque.
A few pictures from the site of one hotel unit and the team: