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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.

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