HISTORY AND TRAJECTORY OF EDIFICAR
Edificar was founded in 1984, as a construction company that began its journey as a general contractor and project manager of hospitality, industrial, commercial, and residential projects.
Edificar has been characterized as a transparent, flexible, and innovative company; capable of developing projects of great complexity and scale as it works with strict quality standards.
Since its origins, Edificar has established a relationship of trust with its clients by guaranteeing them ethical, transparent, and responsible work; this has allowed to create long-term relationships and multiple projects within same clients.
In 1984, Edificar was founded with the name of Rapiparedes S. A., by the civil engineers Mariano Monge, Juan José Castro and Román Salazar. Originally, the company was dedicated to the construction of the concrete structure and the electromechanical preparations of the buildings. In 1987, under the leadership of the engineers Castro and Salazar, the company decided to venture on all aspects of the construction process for buildings. For this reason, the company name was changed to “Edificadora Centroamericana Rapiparedes S. A.” or Edificar S. A.
Since its beginning, the founders wanted the company to forge a name themselves where ethics, service, innovation, technology and “always doing more” was the differentiating factor that set them apart from the rest of the market.
DEVELOPMENT OF THE BUSINNESS
Edificar had a moderate growth during the 1980s and 1990s, dedicating entirely to construction projects for the private sector in Costa Rica. However, at the end of the 1990s, an exponential growth for the company starts with an emblematic project for the luxury tourism industry in Central America: Marriott Los Sueños Hotel in Playa Herradura, Puntarenas, Costa Rica.
In the year 2000, the construction starts for the Four Seasons Resort at the Papagayo Peninsula, Guanacaste, Costa Rica; a world icon of tourism. In this project, Edificar managed more than 2,500 workers on the construction site and proved with great success its capacity for great scale construction projects.
In addition, in the first half of the 2000´s decade, Edificar began the construction of facilities for the medical industry and clean rooms where it is one of the leaders today. Segment where, at the present time, Edificar is the leader.
As part of the company growth, a new partner was incorporated, this being one of the most solid companies in the tourism sector in Costa Rica and, at the same time, one of Edificar’s oldest and most constant client.
In 2008, Edificar expanded to Panamá and created a permanent construction office. Since then, the list of projects that held the company’s seal in that country is big, highlighted the ITSE Project (built as part of a consortium), with almost 130,000 m2 of construction, Envases del Istmo, the Logistics Center for Evergreen in Colón, among others.
To continue growing, a new partner joined the company around the middle of the second decade of 2000, which enables Edificar currently holding four partners who represent different business groups with great experience and solidity.
Edificar is constantly growing and improving, expanding into new markets, and innovating to stay at the leading-edge of the construction industry.
Transfer to current offices in Costa Rica
Edificar obtains ISO 9001 Certification
Edificar obtains OHSAS 18001:2007 9001 Certification
First permanent office in Panama
Delivery of the first work in Panama, Soleo Residential Building
Formally establishes the virtual Construction Department
Offices relocated to Costa del Este
Edificar becomes the first ISO 45001: 2018 certified construction company
Edificar meets 10 years of continuous presence in St. Jude
Román Salazar is one of the founding partners and director of Edificar since its creation. Among the most important challenges of his career, we can mention the great growth that the company has had since its foundation in 1984 and the supervision of the most demanding project in the history of Edificar: Four Seasons Hotel in the Papagayo Peninsula. Román has a degree in Civil Engineering from the Universidad de Costa Rica and a Master's in Business Administration from Florida National University. He currently serves as Chairman of the company's Board of Directors and remains involved in project management.
Together with Román Salazar, Juan José Castro is one of the founding partners and director of Edificar since its creation. He has successfully managed the company's strategic planning and marketing. He has also promoted the international expansion of the company since 1984, which has led to highly important business relationships for Edificar. Juan José has a degree in Civil Engineering from the Universidad de Costa Rica and an MBA from Florida National University.
Luis Araya joined Edificar in 1993, he has held the position of Director of Technical Services since then. During his career, he has worked with the Institute Costarricense de Electricidad and with the Refinería Costarricense de Petróleo in Project Management positions. Luis has a degree in Mechanical Engineering and Electrical Engineering from the Universidad de Costa Rica. He also has a Master´s degree in Business Administration from Florida National University.
Mauricio Castro joined Edificar in 1998, moment from which he has held the position of administrative director from where he directly supervises the Human Resources, Procurement and Administration departments. During his career, he has worked in administrative positions at the Refinería Costarricense de Petróleo (RECOPE) and at UNISYS in Central America. Mauricio is a graduate of Mechanical Engineering from the Universidad de Costa Rica, and he also has a Master's in Business Administration from Florida National University.
David Pardo has been part of the company since 2007 and he currently holds the position of general manager of Edificar in addition to being the country director for Panamá. Previously, David held the positions of Project Engineer and Planning and Budget Manager. In his current position, he is responsible for the Edificar operation in Costa Rica and Panamá, directly serving the commercial and administrative areas. David has a Bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering from the Universidad de Costa Rica, as well as a Master's degree in Administration and Construction Engineering from the Universidad de Costa Rica and a Master's degree in Business Administration from the Universidad de Chile.
Mauricio Laurent has been working at Edificar since 2001 and he currently works as Project Director. During his career, he has been in charge of important projects such as the supervision of the rooms building, main buildings, swimming pools and golf clubhouse of the Four Seasons Hotel in the Papagayo Peninsula, Costa Rica. Prior to Edificar, he worked as a resident project engineer for other construction companies. Mauricio has a degree in Civil Engineering from the Universidad de Costa Rica and a master’s degree in Business Administration from Universidad Alma Máter.
Raúl Badilla joined Edificar in 2005, holding the positions of project engineer, project manager and Planning and Budget manager. He is currently responsible for the construction area and supervises all projects with the help of regional project managers. Raúl has a degree in Civil Engineering and a master's degree in Administration and Construction Engineering, both from the Universidad de Costa Rica.
Carolina Cascante started at Edificar in 2002 as manager of the Quality Management System Unit. Under her direction, Edificar achieved the certification under the ISO 9001 standard in September 2005 and under the OHSAS 18001-07 standard in November 2006. She also led the implementation of the Lean Construction continuous improvement system. Currently, she is responsible of for managing the Department of Occupational Safety and Environment. Carolina has a degree in Civil Engineering from the Universidad de Costa Rica.
Robert Acuña joined Edificar in 2005 and he has served as Chief Financial Officer since 2007. Previously, he served as Chief Accountant. From his current position, he coordinates the Accounting and Treasury area, as well as all negotiations with financial institutions. Robert has a degree in accounting and a master's degree in Business Administration with a financial emphasis from the Universidad Interamericana.
Pablo joined Edificar in 2009. He has extensive experience in construction projects and currently leads the Pre-construction Department of Costa Rica from where he oversees the bidding, budgeting, contracting processes and the Virtual Construction department. Pablo and his team developed the entire BIM and VDC process from scratch to work with internal and external systems of the company. They also updated the quality and productivity monitoring systems on site. Pablo is a graduate of Civil Engineering from the Universidad de Costa Rica and has a master's degree in BIM Management from the Instituto Zigurat de Barcelona.
Martha L. Córdoba started working at Edificar in January 2011. She is in charge of the administrative area of the company in Panamá. Martha is a civil engineer from the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana de Colombia, has a master's degree in Business Administration from the Universidad de Valle in Panamá and a specialty in Finance from the Universidad Santa María La Antigua in Panamá.
Luis Montero joined Edificar in 2018, as Director of Special Projects. He worked for 36 years in the tourist activities sector and was once a client of Edificar. Luis is an Industrial Production Engineer from the Instituto Tecnológico de Costa Rica and has a master degree in Business Administration with emphasis in Marketing from the National University of San Diego, California.
Luis Montero joined Edificar in 2018, as Director of Special Projects. He worked for 36 years in the tourist activities sector and was once a client of Edificar. Luis is an Industrial Production Engineer from the Technological Institute of Costa Rica and has a master degree in Business Administration with emphasis in Marketing from the National University of San Diego, California.
Lourdes Wong joined the Edificar team in 2021, holding the position of Director of Construction for Panamá where she is in charge of the development of construction projects. She has more than 20 years of experience in this type of work. Lourdes is a civil engineer graduated from the Universidad Católica Santa María La Antigua in Panamá and has a master’s degree in Business Administration from the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile.
Javier Balza joined Edificar in 2015. He has extensive experience in estimating, planning and project management. He started in the company as budget manager and he is currently the director of Pre-construction and Contracting in Panamá. Javier has a degree in Civil Engineering from the Universidad de Carabobo and a master's degree in Project Management from the Universidad Interamericana de Panamá.