Axiom Development Group, a company with global expertise in luxury residential, commercial, urban, recreational and resort development, continues to build upon its promise to develop thoughtfully-integrated projects in the Costa Rican rainforest. The company’s strategic vision and commitment to ensuring a positive impact on the communities in which it builds is taking sustainable development to new levels.
“Our vision from day one has been to build projects that integrate into the fabric of the surrounding culture and landscape,” explains Blake Delatte, a founding partner of Axiom Development Group, along with Michael Himes. “Costa Rica’s natural beauty is what brought us here in the first place, and we remain committed to sustaining and enhancing the locations we develop through disciplined planning and construction.”
Meeting the challenges
In a country devoted to being the first nation in the world to be carbon-neutral by 2023, Axiom Development Group has risen to the challenge while developing land characterized by difficult soil conditions, rugged terrain and strict government regulations. Maintaining the integrity of their vision has been particularly challenging in the part of the country where the company has chosen to develop numerous projects, along a stretch of the southwestern coastline where the mountains meet the sea.
“Michael and Blake made it clear to me that we would spare no expense to work around unique features in order to create a better product,” explains Luis Rodriguez, an award-winning architect with extensive experience in Central American development and the concept of integrating architecture into the environment. “Axiom is building homes and communities that will become natural extensions of their surrounding landscapes. That is a very challenging task, but one that the company is whole-heartedly committed to.”
While the concept of sustainable development has become a focus in many parts of the world, Axiom Development Group is stepping outside of the boundaries of that definition through ‘enhancement’ practices that go beyond the limits of its land and the company’s bottom line. At Élan at Ballena, Axiom has taken great strides to mitigate natural water run-off from nearby mountains that can contaminate the marine environment into which it eventually flows. Rather than ignoring the issue, the company has invested in an elaborate series of filtration points that weave through its property in order to deliver purified run-off to the Pacific Ocean.
Axiom has also extended the reach of its beautification efforts to include surrounding communities outside of its development zones, while also investing in partnerships with Costa Rica that are helping to advance the environmental goals of the government, while defining new development practices aimed at integrating communities into the natural fabric of the land.
“One of the projects we are working on with the Costa Rican government is creating new programs that will lead to the first development with all common areas running on solar power,” notes Delatte, whose background includes extensive experience as a landscape architect for some of the world’s leading architectural firms. “We have also built solar technology into our Sierra Collection mountain estates in order to offset consumption from the grid.”
Embracing the land
Axiom’s commitment starts with gaining a thorough understanding of the functioning of the land on which it develops, in order to ensure that it can sustain or enhance the environment that it builds upon. The company’s nursery of 22,000 indigenous plants and nearly 1,000 trees is a shining example of that philosophy in action, as is its ‘build local’ practice, which supports local economies and communities.
“Each development is very different, but the company’s commitment is the same in every location,” says Rodriguez. “As a company, Axiom’s collective experience in Central America has helped us all to embrace the vision of Michael and Blake, while striving to find better ways to optimize environmental elements.”