"We exist to heal disturbed sites, restore biological equity and
foster the integration of living systems"
- Jose Angel TAQUECHEL III, Founder
Aqua Terra was conceived by Jose Angel TAQUECHEL III as a service brand, inspired by some of the challenges contained in The Millenium Project. The company began operations in 1997, with an initial focus on Bioengineering.
Under contracts with the Panama Canal Commission and with Maria Isabel CONDE as Principal, the firm developed between 1997 and 2004 an innovative combination of techniques and practices for storm water management, erosion and sediment control and revegetation for this tropical bioregion.
By 2008 and after a re-envisioning process, new divisions, business units and formats were created, and Aqua Terra gradually became a truly multidisciplinary organization, practicing in the fields of Environmental Sciences, Landscape Engineering, Architecture and Planning, Low Impact Infrastructure and High Performance Spaces.
With an impecable reputation for innovation and excellence, Aqua Terra is presently a global Education Partner of the US Green Building Council and maintains agreements with top universities, for knowledge sharing and mentoring purposes.
We have selected highlighs from Aqua Terra's history, including some of our most significant company milestones, as well as groundbreaking and iconic projects.
1st Bioengineering Project
Pilot project with the collaboration of the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute and the Panama Canal Commission.
Erosion Control in the Tropics
Development of techniques and practices for large-scale projects, with complex soils in areas of high precipitation.
1st Soil Bioremediation Project
Bioremediation and Erosion Control project with the cooperation of the Entomology section of the Panama Canal Commission.
Co-design and construction of the Cerro Patacón landfill in Panama City, Republic of Panama.
Design and construction of the geosystem to protect against wave action at the Pedro Miguel Locks, in the waterway of the Panama Canal.
Invasive Species Eradication
1st project to eradicate saccharum spontaneum at the riverbanks of the Panama Canal waterway.
Stormwater Management and Landscaping
1st project implementing an integrative approach for stormwater management and landscaping in the mountains of Sorá, Panama.
Stability factor conservation of the hill supporting energy transmission towers in the province of Colon, Panama.
Madden – Colon Highway
Analysis, design, specifications and execution of low impact infrastructure obeying environmental policies.
Corredor Norte Highway: Phase II
Cut-and-fill slope protection; slope stability analysis by limit equilibrium and method of slices; revegetation and reforestation.
High Performance Landscape
Design and development of construction documents for a sustainable landscape for Cubitá Hotel, Chitré, Republic of Panama.
Low Impact Infrastructure
Analysis, design, land development, maintenance and monitoring of Caterpillar’s Panama Demonstration and Learning Center applying Sustainable Sites Initiative principles.
BLADEX - High Performance Space
LEED integration process for the design, construction and certification of Panama's first LEED Gold certified project, a Commercial Interior.
Plaza Real - High Performance Building
LEED integration process for the design, construction and certification of Costa del Este's first LEED Gold, Core and Shell, certified building.
1st Spanish Course Published on USGBC Education Platform
Aqua Terra becomes the first global Education Partner to conceive and develop a non-english course to be published in the platform of the US Green Building Council.