The biggest convention center in Panama is coming to the Amador Causeway. And it’s going to provide a big boost to the local economy and the tourism market, experts agree. Work on the new convention center has started to move forward after a series of delays, according to a recent article in La Prensa, which touted the change the convention will bring to the Panama tourism market. The project has been scaled down from original plans, but will still be large enough to hold 25,000 people and attract a wide variety of events to Amador.
The convention center is part of large-scale government initiative to develop Amador as a tourism destination, including marinas, shops and a wide array of recreational activities. Amador is already the best place to jog and bike in Panama City, and it is the home of the Frank Gehry-designed biodiversity museum.
A group led by China Construction America, Inc. (CCA) and Construcciones Civiles Generales, S.A. has now taken over the construction of the convention center, and is awaiting final approval of plans, La Prensa reports. But there has been a new surge of activity in recent weeks, including the demolition of work from the previous design.
The new design calls for a more convention-centric, economic facility, with one building instead of three. A performing arts amphitheater has been replaced by more exhibition space, which should make the facility more attractive to larger events. Eight hundred parking spaces have also been added.
CCA representative Bing Ja says his company is also applying to build the fourth bridge over the Panama Canal and is eager to demonstrate its ability by building the center. The company expects to bring the project in at the original budget. The government has already approved the installation of 100 piles and several of the design features, a sign the project is picking up momentum, La Prensa reports.
Despite the previous issues, the center is expected to be completed by mid-2018. The convention center is sure to speed up the government’s plans to bring more facilities to Amador, which offers all the beauty of waterfront Panama, 10 minutes from the center of the city.
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