DISSIPATING THE WAVES
Typhoon Pedring brought in huge waves from Manila Bay into establishments along the Roxas Boulevard area, and Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila was no exemption to the onslaught. Soon after the devastating damage brought in by the storm, Director for Engineering Andy Martinez and his team went to work and developed a system can diminish the impact caused by storm surges.
The Wave Dissipating System is a multi-level defense from extreme winds and flooding. First level is the five-meter spread of gigantic boulders seen (and another 1:2 ratio more are submerged) across Sofitel’s sea front property that would weaken the waves’ force. Ingenious barriers are also installed around the garden perimeter as second line of defense in case the water would rise further. The third level is a well-calculated flood gate that goes through a reinforced hallway and finally out into a 1,500 by 7,000 mm open trench, with covering that brings the sea water back to where it should be.
Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila has fully recovered from the pounding it got from Typhoon Pedring and is now more equipped in facing more natural disasters it might face in the future. Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila CCP Complex, Roxas Blvd., Pasay City Tel.: (02) 551–5555 www.sofitelmanila.com
Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila's Director for Engineering Andy Martinez looks over the multi-level Wave Dissipating System that protects the hotel from future storm surges.