national park facilities
San Lorenzo National Park is a protected forest and historic site in Colon, Panama. Located along the Chagres River, San Lorenzo was once Panama’s main Atlantic port. Fort San Lorenzo, built in 1587 by the Spanish to protect the port from pirates, is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The Ministry of Environment of Panama (MiAmbiente) chose DIAZ DIAZ to help in the design process and technical specifications of new park facilities in three sites within San Lorenzo. The new facilities include a visitor center, park ranger dwellings and offices, as well as a beach campsite with bathrooms.
After conducting an analysis of the three sites, DIAZ DIAZ provided design feedback as well as a full set of architecture, interiors, and furniture specifications. The technical specifications were developed using MasterSpec, a specification system developed by the American Institute of Architects (AIA). The specifications took careful consideration of the historical and environmental significance of the national park, and included strict sustainable energy, wastewater, and solid waste management requirements.