Between towers and "city-towns".

Author:Bustos, Elida
Position:PEOPLE: ARGENTINA'S BUILDERS
 
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Consultatio, the company founded and run by Eduardo Costantini, has projects underway both in the country and abroad. They are few but ambitious: a tower in the Puerto Madero neighborhood of Buenos Aires that wit{ be the country's largest in terms of office space; a residential tourist complex in Uruguay, another on Miami's Key Biscayne, and his two "citytowns" of Nordelta and Puertos del Lago, located to the north of Argentina's capital.

With Nordelta, some 30 kilo meters (19 miles) outside Buenos Aires, Costantini developed the concept of integrated urban complexes, meaning suburban areas in an rural environment, with aft the services of a city, including education, entertainment and health care.

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The scope of the project is overwhelming. It's developed on 1,600 hectares (3,953 acres) upon which 20 neighborhoods and even a water treatment plant were constructed, and it will be inhabited by 100,000 people when aft the owners move in. Construction required the removal of 23 million cubic meters of soil the installation of 141 kilometers (87 mites) of gas and electrical networks and the construction of 180 hectares (4/4/4 acres) worth of artificial takes, which is what gave Argentina's first city town its unique profile.

Just setting up the underpinnings of Nordelta required an infrastructure investment of $350 million and today the project is a registered trademark of Consultatio and Costantini. In this city that he erected there are four schools providing education to 3,000 students, one hearth center, as well as movie theaters, banks, gas stations, supermarkets and even a five star hotel, the...

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