Torre Paseo Colón 2 Signboard Ceremony

Saturday, 25 March 2017 | San José

SAN JOSÉ – Torre Paseo Colón 2, part of the two-tower Torres Paseo Colón complex, has been certified as the tallest building in Costa Rica by the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH). It is also the first building in the Central American country to rise above 100 meters, with a final height of 101.3 meters to its architectural top. 

The building’s developer, Grupo Inmobilario del Parque (GIP), celebrated this achievement with the inauguration of a signboard acknowledging the record. CTBUH Executive Director Antony Wood joined GIP for the event along with the Council’s Board of Trustees and leaders of the CTBUH Costa Rica Chapter. The event garnered significant attention from the press and the general public, and several high-profile figures were in attendance, including the Vice Mayor of San José, Mrs. Paula Vargas.

Torre Paseo Colón 2 joins its slightly shorter counterpart, which was completed in 2013 as the then-tallest building in the country at 98.2 meters. Together, the two Torres Paseo Colón form an elegant centerpiece for the Paseo Colón, the main east–west thoroughfare in San José. Although the city’s tall buildings are relatively dispersed, this development has the potential to be a new focal point for the central business district. As a primarily residential complex, the towers will bring density to the area both day and night while enlivening the many storefronts that line the street.

The tower complex will remain the tallest buildings in the city for the foreseeable future. Although a taller 149-meter tower has been proposed for the city, no approval has been given for the building and no timetable has been set for its development. Notably, the proposed tower would rise adjacent to the Torres Paseo Colón, further solidifying the towers as a hub for vertical development in the city.

Scenes from the day

CTBUH Chairman David Malott addresses the attendees of the ceremony.
Attendees of the ceremony included (Left to Right): CTBUH Chairman David Malott; CTBUH Executive Director Antony Wood; CTBUH Vice-Chairman Timothy Johnson, Design Partner, NBBJ; Paula Vargas, San José Vice Mayor; Jorge Luis Salinas, President, GIP; CTBUH Trustee Dennis Poon, Vice Chairman, Thornton Tomasetti; CTBUH Treasurer Steve Watts, Partner, Alinea Consulting; CTBUH Trustee Tim Neal, Global Director – Buildings, Arcadis; CTBUH Trustee Abrar Sheriff, President & CEO, Turner International; CTBUH Costa Rica President Victor Montero, Founder and President, Victor Montero Arquitectos; CTBUH Costa Rica Board Member Rodrigo Carazo, President, Rodrigo Carazo Arquitectos; CTBUH Costa Rica Vice Chairman Ronald Steinvorth, President, IECA Internacional; CTBUH Costa Rica Treasurer Federico Acon, Van der Laat & Jiménez; and CTBUH Costa Rica Board Member Raul Goddard, Prodeyco.
Signboard designating Torre Paseo Colón 2 as the Tallest Building in Costa Rica.
Select attendees and special guests were invited to a networking and cocktail reception at the rooftop penthouse of Torre Paseo Colón 2.
Overall view of the Torres Paseo Colón Complex. © JosephC5 (cc-by-sa)