Follow Up: Fire Code Violation
Remember the post I wrote
about the new condo building in Panama City, Panama, that was occupied with residents but missing the very crucial Fire Code Safety features? I sure do… I’ve been thinking about this gorgeous condo that is at risk of burning to the ground and taking all it’s residents with it for months now (click here to read the original post).
Well, as it turns out, this problem has been rectified.
I recently re-visited my friend who lives on the 23rd floor and I am happy to report that there is now an emergency fire hose and manual pull station that are both fully functional.
This is good news for tenants – in the event of fire they at least have the opportunity to sound an alarm and firemen can at least attempt to deal with the flames…why wasn’t this the case when the condo became inhabited about a year ago? I have no idea (though I’m starting to learn that “Panamanian procrastination” is an ingredient in nearly every undertaking).
I’m glad the proper measures have finally been taken.
In addition to the above compliance, posters on “What To Do During a Fire” have also been installed beside the entrance to each (egress) stairwell on every floor.
Hmmm…I think the graphic designer missed the mark on this one.
Not only is it impossible to read all the text while waiting for the elevator to arrive, but it’s also very unclear as to what should be done if there’s a fire. I think a simple list of WHAT TO DO would be better understood than a complicated diagram that combines WHAT TO DO and WHAT NOT TO DO in the same frame. Geez.
On a more positive note, the view from the apartment balcony has changed. The construction on the magnificent Trump Tower has come a long way and is looking great. Finally, the building has windows and lighting which look beautiful at night. I’ll have to take a trip over to visit the site when it’s completed to snap some photos of the lobby. (Click here to see the previous skyline with the Trump Tower).
On another positive note, someone has made an attempt to spruce up the entrance by adding some furniture and art.
Although the photo looks quite bare and the furniture appears to be awkwardly placed, it reads better in person, especially since the opposite side of this arrangement is mirrored with the same furnishings in reverse colours (brown sofa with orange art).
Could be better….but it could also be worse.
I think an area rug and a couple accessories would help finish off this space (not to mention if the wall treatment was carried through the entire space). Too bad I missed taking a photo of the ceiling and the pendant light fixture outside of the elevator waiting area – it looked quite lovely.
Maybe I’ll post another photo of the ceiling next time.