Construction company owner Gabriel Gaby Btesh marks the industry’s reopening in the Republic of Panama.
Following months of uncertainty after unprecedented global market conditions stemming from the ongoing international health crisis, plans are finally afoot to kick-start once again the Central and South American Republic of Panama’s ever-growing construction industry as restrictions start to be lifted. A popular construction company owner based in Panama City, Gabriel Gaby Btesh responds to the latest news surrounding the reopening of the sector at the core of his business.
“After months of difficulty stemming from the continued global health crisis, we’ve now had news that the authorities wish to reopen various aspects of the construction industry and other sectors here in Panama, and that’s something to celebrate,” says Gabriel Gaby Btesh, speaking from his office in the Panamanian capital of Panama City.
Last month, the authorities in the Central and South American nation announced that some construction sector activities would resume immediately, with others to follow approximately three weeks later on Monday, September 7. “The Ministry of Health announced that work would begin again on around two dozen road infrastructure projects,” reveals Gabriel Gaby Btesh, “with other public and private projects alike given the green light to resume activities a few short weeks later.”
A total of 27 road infrastructure projects across Panama were given the go-ahead to restart in mid-August. Although the reopening of the broader construction sector in Panama is expected to be more gradual, work was approved to restart in early September for the majority of the industry, circumstances permitting, Gabriel Gaby Btesh reports. “How quickly the industry truly reopens will depend on financing, however, among a number of other factors, so it’s still likely to be a gradual process,” suggests the expert.
Construction company bosses have been asked to adapt protocol, such as employing new biosecurity measures, to ensure an effective and safe reopening of the sector, according to Gabriel Gaby Btesh. “The same is true of bosses in other industries set to reopen, and this is, of course, of the utmost importance,” he points out. Such measures, Btesh says, have now been outlined in detail in an updated National-Provincial Reopening Plan.
“After a difficult year so far for many, with the correct protocols in place, the reopening of the construction sector and other industries here in Panama is genuinely something to be celebrated,” adds Gabriel Gaby Btesh, reflecting further on the news, and in closing, “and represents a light at the end of what’s been a dark tunnel for much of 2020 thus far.”
Gabriel Gaby Btesh is a successful construction company owner from Panama City. Enthusiastic about commitments to socially conscious property development and one of the names behind a continued drive for nationwide well-being, Gabriel Gaby Btesh recently marked 30 years of professional focus on wellness, improved standards of living, and architectural integrity in Panama. Outside of his work, in his free time, Btesh is passionate about art and culture and enjoys spending time with his family at their home in the Panamanian capital.
Local business owner and construction expert Gabriel Gaby Btesh provides a professional look at the incredible skyline of Panama City.
From its downtown metropolitan area to the famous old quarter, Panama City business owner and lifelong resident of the bustling Republic of Panama’s capital Gabriel Gaby Btesh offers a professional overview of the city’s breathtaking architectural landscape. Combining ancient landmarks and glistening modern skyscrapers, Btesh reveals more as a leading construction industry expert celebrated for his commitment to national well-being and standards of living.
“Panama City’s skyline can be divided into two distinct sections,” says Gabriel Gaby Btesh, speaking from his office in the city. Btesh is the owner of a highly successful local construction firm, originally founded by his father and now overseen by the proud Panama City resident – an outspoken proponent of architectural integrity and national well-being with more than 30 years of experience in the construction industry.
According to Gabriel Gaby Btesh, the Panamanian capital’s cityscape is largely divided across its downtown metropolitan area and famous old quarter, Casco Viejo. “The downtown metropolitan Panama District is now awash with glistening skyscrapers and a wealth of other modern buildings peppered throughout the urban center of the city,” says the construction expert, “while Panama City’s old quarter, Casco Viejo, both represents and perfectly reflects its long and fascinating history.”
Today, the Panamanian capital’s incredible cityscape features many architectural styles, including Spanish colonial properties and French and Antillean townhouses alongside an increasing number of high-rise buildings. The city’s tallest building currently, the Bahia Grand Panama, completed in 2011, stands at more than 930 feet across some 70 floors, Gabriel Gaby Btesh reports.
Construction firm boss Gabriel Gaby Btesh has spoken at length on a variety of topics tied to his home city this year, including providing a unique insight into the vibrant culture of Panama City, exploring the city’s ever-evolving transportation network, and sharing details of a new streetscape project planned for its bustling downtown area.
Gabriel Gaby Btesh has also looked at the latest plans for the construction of a new Panama City children’s hospital, volunteered what he treasures most about his home city, and shared a personal look at the Panamanian capital’s finest historical landmarks.
Businessman Gabriel Gaby Btesh is famed throughout much of the Republic of Panama’s construction industry for his focus on architectural integrity, national well-being, and standards of living. Btesh believes that, further to achieving success for himself, his family, his staff, and others around him, his work in construction is largely about leaving a legacy for the people of Panama as a whole.
Gabriel Gaby Btesh is immensely proud, he has said, to be driving forward a new era within construction in the Central and South American nation. He and his team also continue to support all-important increased tourism revenue nationwide thanks to projects such as the five-star Santa Maria Golf & Country Club and other entertainment, leisure, and retail endeavors throughout Panama.
Part of a project worth over $600 million, Panama’s Ministry of Health has recently unveiled the latest plans for an all-new children’s hospital in the Central and South American nation’s capital. A leading construction expert based in Panama City, Gabriel Btesh offers a professional look at the latest details, first announced earlier this month.
“The latest plans to construct a brand new children’s hospital in Panama City have this month been unveiled to the public,” reveals Gabriel Btesh, speaking from his office in the city – the capital of the Central and South American Republic of Panama.
The Hospital del Niño project is anticipated to cost somewhere in the region of $630 million, according to Gabriel Btesh. The work, it’s understood, is to be completed by a Spanish infrastructure and energy firm. “The project will see the construction of what will become one of Panama’s largest hospital complexes,” explains Gabriel Btesh, “set to include a general practice center plus an adjoining maternity hospital.”
Between the two buildings, Panama City’s brand new Hospital del Niño will support an overall bed capacity of 720, according to construction expert Gabriel Btesh. “The complex, as a whole, will occupy an area in excess of 165,000 square meters,” he adds.
The Hospital del Niño general practice center will offer 476 beds, it’s been outlined, and 14 operating theaters, while the facility’s maternity hospital will boast a bed capacity of 244. “The maternity hospital is also expected to offer a further 14 operating theaters,” points out Gabriel Btesh, “and a total of 30 dedicated delivery rooms.”
Outside, parking for approximately 700 vehicles will be provided, per the latest plans announced this month.
The infrastructure and energy firm overseeing the project, it’s believed, will also look to refurbish an administrative services building and a number of other existing facilities currently adjacent to the new hospital site, according to Gabriel Btesh.
The Spanish firm in question first established business operations in Panama seven years ago, then tackling the construction of the Dr. Rafael Hernandez Medical Specialities Center in Chiriquí Province. The company has also completed projects elsewhere in South America, including in Peru, where the firm is currently part of a consortium working on the capital city of Lima’s $1.5 billion airport expansion scheme.
Gabriel Btesh, who has recently spoken at length on a variety of construction industry topics, including explaining his continued commitment to socially conscious endeavors in the field, and exploring plans for a new downtown streetscape project in Panama City, briefly returns his focus to the aforementioned Spanish infrastructure and energy company’s children’s hospital project in the city.
“In addition to constructing Hospital del Niño and its adjoining maternity wing, they have also agreed to restore the site’s existing gardens,” he adds, wrapping up, “which should be of great additional benefit to those visiting and working in the hospital.”
From work ethic to quality assurance, construction firm owner Gabriel Btesh explains the skills essential for making it as a contractor.
According to Gabriel Btesh, simply mastering five key skills can be the making of an aspiring construction contractor. A highly successful construction company owner based in Panama City, Panama, Btesh shares the basis of what he believes it takes to make it in the industry.
“The construction industry lives and dies on five primary skills and abilities,” says Gabriel Btesh, speaking from his office in Panama City, the capital of the Central and South American Republic of Panama. These, he goes on to reveal, are work ethic, communication skills, problem-solving, project management, and quality assurance.
Work ethic, Gabriel Btesh suggests, is mandatory and non-negotiable. “Without drive and motivation, nothing will get done, and you will fail,” says Btesh rather succinctly.
Equally important is communication, according to Gabriel Btesh. “From listening to clients to conversing with other professionals on the job, many will argue that communication skills are some of the most important, if not the most important, in the construction industry,” he explains. A good communicator, Gabriel Btesh claims, is often a good listener, too – an added bonus on any construction site.
Gabriel Btesh‘s third required skill is problem-solving. “Problems will always arise in construction – it’s simply the nature of the business, despite all best-laid plans,” suggests the expert.
What’s important, though, is how such problems are handled, Gabriel Btesh believes. “Someone adept at problem-solving will stay focused, stay calm, and find the best solution in the quickest time,” Btesh goes on, “and without this ability, any aspiring construction contractor may already be doomed to fail.”
Gabriel Btesh has, in the past, spoken at great length on a wide variety of construction-focused topics. These include opening up about raising the bar for architectural integrity in Panama, the construction industry and its economic benefits, his philosophy for the field, and his socially conscious approach to large-scale property development. Gabriel Btesh has also shared the importance of family and ethical business practices in his construction sector pursuits.
Finally, Gabriel Btesh turns to project management and quality assurance. Project managers may be certified, Btesh points out, or simply have developed a professional understanding of the practices, methods, concepts, and tools required to fill a project manager role.
“Two separate skills or abilities, project management and quality assurance ensure professionalism, high standards, and an ability to complete jobs on budget when utilized in tandem,” explains Gabriel Btesh, speaking, he says, from great experience.
“Providing work that’s backed up by quality assurance and an inherent skill in project management is what will build a construction contractor’s reputation in the long term,” reveals Gabriel Btesh. “This, then, in turn,” adds the construction company boss, wrapping up, “is what will attract future clients and ensure success, not just in the coming weeks and months, but in coming years and decades as well.”
Construction expert Gabriel Btesh provides a professional look at one of the American Society of Civil Engineers’ seven wonders of the modern world, the Panama Canal.
Completed more than a century ago, the Panama Canal, connecting the Atlantic and Pacific oceans, remains one of the seven wonders of the modern world, according to the American Society of Civil Engineers. A celebrated construction company owner from the Central and South American Republic of Panama, Gabriel Btesh offers an expert look at the 82-kilometer-long artificial waterway and engineering marvel, now a world-famous conduit for maritime trade.
“Connecting the Atlantic Ocean with the Pacific Ocean, the Panama Canal is an artificial waterway stretching 82 kilometers across the Isthmus of Panama,” explains Gabriel Btesh, owner of a renowned construction company based in the Central and South American nation’s capital of Panama City.
Initially completed in 1914, ongoing construction on the canal continues to this day, according to Gabriel Btesh. “A wider lane of locks, the third such set on the canal, was completed relatively recently, in May 2016, for example,” adds the construction expert, “after almost a decade of work.”
An ongoing construction effort, the Panama Canal and surrounding Panama Canal Zone have, to date, been overseen to some degree by Panama, France, Colombia, and the United States alike during the last century or more.
In 1994, the American Society of Civil Engineers named the Panama Canal one of its seven wonders of the modern world. Considered one of the greatest civil engineering achievements of the 20th century by the professional body, other engineering marvels to make the list include the Channel Tunnel, the Empire State Building, and the Golden Gate Bridge, according to Gabriel Btesh.
Contrary to its recognition as a strictly 20th-century civil engineering achievement, the Panama Canal’s history actually begins in 1881 when France originally started work on the idea. Struggling with engineering obstacles and quickly resulting in untold casualties, early work on the canal soon stopped. “It wasn’t until 1904 that work resumed, overseen by the United States,” Gabriel Btesh explains. “Incredibly,” he goes on, “the engineering marvel opened just a decade later, on August 15, 1914, immediately and greatly reducing travel time for ships between the Atlantic Ocean and the Pacific Ocean.”
Even today, more than 100 years on, the Panama Canal remains one of the largest and most complicated construction and engineering projects ever undertaken anywhere in the world, Gabriel Btesh further points out.
Partial control of the canal was handed to Panama by the United States in 1977. Full control of the 82-kilometer-long artificial waterway was then assumed by the Panamanian government in 1999. “A true construction and engineering marvel, the Panama Canal has now been successfully managed and operated,” adds Gabriel Btesh, wrapping up, “wholly by the government-owned Panama Canal Authority for more than two decades.”
The Work of Gabriel Btesh is Showing Its True Value in the Age of the Coronavirus.
It was a family business that was the foundation, the role of construction that was the tool, and Gabriel Gaby Btesh was the man behind the change. Now that change is being realized in his home of Panama City, and beyond. It is also in the age of the coronavirus that his words, which have almost become his mission statement, reveal their true value.
As the pandemic continues to threaten the safety of people and their way of life, it is because of his work that so many can endure these trying days, more comfortably and safely. In his own words, Gabriel Btesh has said, “I’ve long been an advocate for the improvements being made surrounding accelerating standards of living and well-being… and on a scale as great as possible.”
That scale has been great indeed. In the period of a few short decades, Gabriel Btesh has been given credit for much of the change in Panama City, from improved housing to contributing to job creation and the Republic’s economic growth.
The housing sector and housing developments were the early focus of his business, providing a better, safer, and a higher standard and quality of life. That success soon propelled Gabriel Btesh to expand his company’s construction efforts into the arena of commercial business like the entertainment and leisure sectors. Those latter endeavors have been responsible for the creation of “…tens of thousands of jobs,” as Gabriel Btesh proudly says.
Since taking the helm of his father’s construction company, Gabriel Btesh has spent more than three decades investing in the people, the well-being, and the business of Panama City. That investment has been evident in his commitment to providing improved and better housing options for lower-income and young families.
While these accomplishments have given Gabriel Btesh a platform as a leader in socially conscious construction, his work is far from over. Today, Gabriel Btesh is investing in other construction companies who seek to follow his success and socially conscious example.
As a mentor, Gabriel Btesh is now helping others in the construction industry. As a philanthropist, he has focused his time, efforts, and attention on the housing needs of the less-privileged. Gabriel Gaby Btesh continues the legacy of Btesh Construction, and he is doing it by building more than homes.
Veteran construction company boss Gabriel Btesh highlights the importance of wellness-focused home-building standards as he continues to champion the cause.
In recent years, veteran construction company boss Gabriel Btesh has spoken at great length on topics ranging from promoting prosperity through property to explaining his passion for well-being in Panama on countless occasions. With the ongoing global coronavirus pandemic continuing to take its toll on people from around the world, Btesh is now stepping up to lead renewed support for wellness-focused approaches to construction, particularly within the home-building sector.
“For over 30 years, building affordable but comfortable and contemporary homes for young families has been—and remains—the single most rewarding aspect of my career,” explains Gabriel Btesh, a long-standing proponent of various advances being made in efforts to increase wellness and standards of living through construction. “I’ve been an open and forthright proponent, speaking out in favor of the advances being made to increase wellness and standards of living via construction and home-building, for many years,” he goes on, “both here in Panama City, across wider Panama, throughout Central and South America, and elsewhere around the world.”
Early on, Gabriel Btesh says his approach was largely unique within construction, particularly in Central and South America. Still, the construction industry mogul continued to promote improved standards of living within home-building, tailored to support wellness, particularly for young families and those in need, even in the face of adversity.
Affordable living, Gabriel Btesh wholly believes, he says, should not be devoid of safety and comfort, and, wherever possible, should even strive to feature added levels of luxury. From the use of high-quality, modern materials to the addition of social spaces, gym facilities, and further creative areas to enjoy, it’s about bolstering feelings of wellness and general well-being wherever feasible, according to Btesh.
Gabriel Btesh is, he says, immensely proud to have revolutionized many aspects of architectural integrity in Panama in the process. For him, business—and success—in the construction industry is about more than just money or pride. “It’s about changing lives,” adds Gabriel, “and—further to supporting my own family—it remains among the most important aspects of my approach to both business and resulting success.”
Even today, some three decades on, Gabriel Btesh continues to make extraordinary strides in the push for support for wellness-focused home-building standards across the board.
Gabriel Btesh believes in building a legacy, not merely for himself, but for his whole family, his staff, their families, and—above, perhaps, all else—the Republic of Panama as a nation. “Not only am I helping to transform the lives of countless people in Panama directly through my company’s construction efforts, but, together, we’re making the country more prosperous and boosting the economy in the process,” Btesh suggests.
“As such, it remains my mission, now and moving forward,” adds Gabriel Btesh, wrapping up, “to continue to promote better-than-ever levels of wellness, well-being, and standards of living through my work, both here in Panama and across Central and South American more broadly.”
For over 30 years, Gabriel Btesh has dedicated his life to developing and improving the construction industry in his home country of Panama. As a result, he has singlehandedly helped to stimulate the economy of an entire nation. Like Rome, Gabriel Btesh’s accomplishments were not built in one day. It took years and years of blood, sweat, and tears to create a business that has helped to employ an extremely large group of people.
The Beginnings of A Visionary
The son of business owners, Gabriel Btesh found his calling quite early as he shadowed his father’s construction company. Thanks to his dedication to the art and craft of construction, Gabriel Btesh would, after studying at University, help his family land the national airport of Panama: Tocumen International Airport. Thanks to their collective vision and propensity for perfection, international brands would be lining up to offer their products and services inside of this airport. Aided by the success of the airport deal, a lasting legacy would result in Gabriel Btesh’s push into the real estate market.
A Visionary At Work
Gabriel Btesh’s entrepreneurial drive and search for the ideal real estate deal would eventually lead him to develop the Mall Los Pueblos, a site that is now known as one of today’s most successful retail locations in the country. Deeper cuts into real estate would see him developing much larger facilities that would have the ability to generate the jobs needed to boost a struggling economy in his home country.
The Job Boom
Gabriel Btesh’s architectural prowess and a knack for bringing organizations together have resulted in a job boom that has resulted in facilities being created that need upwards of 10,000 individuals to develop. And the wild thing as that these jobs have come up in Panama after only 10 years of work. This speed also points to Gabriel Btesh as an expert job creator, looking for ways to serve and impact his home country with incredible works of architectural magnificence.
Thanks to the creation of these jobs to power the construction of these large facilities, the spending money of the people of Panama has been greater than ever before. The rate of imports from the spending power of the average Panamanian as well as the exports as a result of new businesses being created has helped to directly drive the economy into an uptick.
Gabriel Btesh is a tour de force of entrepreneurial talent in the real estate and construction sectors. It will be quite exciting to see what and where he brings his talents next. Expect much in the future for this driven visionary.
Gabriel Btesh of Btesh Construction has pioneered socially-conscious architecture in the country of Panama.
Gabriel Btesh is a born entrepreneur. Even from a young age, he knew he was going to follow in his father’s footsteps under the family construction company.
Gabriel Btesh went to high school in the United States. He then continued his education at Chamberlain University.
After university, Gabriel Btesh returned to his home country of Panama to work alongside his father, Jack Btesh at Btesh Construction. He had a path laid out in front of him, yet he would still make his own unique impact on the country.
Gabriel Btesh’s father founded the family company, Ben Btesh International – later Btesh Construction – in 1959. This family-owned company eventually landed in the Tocumen International Airport. From there, it became Latin America’s leading brand positioning company for boutiques of international brands.
When Gabriel Btesh took over his father’s company, Btesh Construction had already gained recognition and respect within the community. Gabriel Btesh has been able to build off the solid foundation of his father’s company to create a lasting legacy for their entire family.
While maintaining the excellent reputation that his father had painstakingly built, Gabriel Btesh brought in his expertise to take his company to new heights and improve the economy and infrastructure of his home country.
In the 1990’s, Gabriel Btesh tested the real estate market. He knew it was strong, at the time, but Btesh wasn’t sure if it was right for his family’s company.
Being the driven entrepreneur he is, Gabriel Btesh dove right into real estate. Soon, Btesh was expanding into many factions of the real estate market. One of his first projects, the Mall Los Pueblos, has become the most popular retail location in Panama.
Eventually, Gabriel Btesh started a movement within Panama. While building retail locations, and later magnificent housing developments, Gabriel Btesh started to see the positive effect of his efforts on his home country.
The buildings, along with the jobs and homes he was creating, was giving Panama the spark of life it needed at the time. Simply by doing what he and his father had loved so much, he was providing Panama’s economy and communities with hope for a better future.
Once he realized the change he was creating, Gabriel Btesh continued to build in Panama. Throughout the next few decades, Gabriel Btesh built twenty-four apartment towers in Panama City. Additionally, his projects came to equal 200,000 square meters of commercial premises and offices.
Gabriel Btesh and Btesh Construction are revered by the people of Panama because of the beautiful architecture, thousands of jobs and economy boost Btesh has provided through his efforts.
Gabriel Btesh has continued his socially-conscious movement in Panama and other Latin American countries. He enjoys using his reputation and resources to give back to the people in his community any way possible.
Because of Gabriel Btesh, Panama has only grown stronger and it continues to flourish. He has become an inspiration for many to pursue their passions and dreams for the betterment of society.
Gabriel Btesh shares his visions for the future prosperity of Panama City.
The history of Panama City, the capital and largest city of Panama, is long and storied. As Gabriel Btesh works to help create a better future for all Panamanians, he looks back to this history in order to have a better frame of reference for the deserved fortunes that are to present themselves to the citizens of Panama City.
In 1519, over 500 years ago, Panama City was originally founded by Pedro Arias de Avila (also known as Pedrarias Davila). It stood for over 150 years, until 1671 when a Welsh pirate known as Henry Morgan sacked the city with a band of 1,400 men. The city was laid siege to and destroyed by fire. No more than two years later, in 1673, the city was rebuilt about five miles away from the original site of Panama City. Gabriel Btesh points out that the Panamanian’s tenacity and willingness to build and grow has long roots in the city’s history.
Gabriel Btesh wishes to continue this brave tradition of building up to create prosperity. After taking over the family business from his father, Jack Btesh, Gabriel Btesh helped create one of the preeminent construction companies in the modern age. Responsible for several of the tallest buildings in Panama City, and indeed all of Central America, Gabrial Btesh also places a heavy focus on utilizing high-quality materials and providing the most modern amenities and safety features for all who reside in the buildings he’s had a hand in.
The ruins of Old Panama, commonly known as Panama Viejo or Panama la Vieja, are still able to be visited today. The ruins serve as a reminder of what once was, how far the Panamanian people have come, and give visitors the opportunity to pay their respects to the past. Panama la Vieja wasn’t just destroyed in one night: it weathered a series of several fires in the years beforehand, and in 1620, survived an earthquake that damaged a large portion of the city’s buildings.
The section of the city that was built in 1673 following the destruction of Panama la Vieja—the first section of what would eventually become the modern-day Panama City—is now known as Casco Viejo (English for “old town”, it is also called Casco Antiguo or San Felipe). It was originally conceived as a walled city and now acts as a historic district, showcasing the first buildings ever built for the modern city of Panama. In 1997, Casco Viejo was designated a World Heritage Site by the UNESCO (United Nations Education, Scientific, and Cultural Organization) World Heritage Centre.
Gabriel Btesh points out that to this day, the people of Panama are focused on building their city and their culture to new heights while not forgetting their history and heritage. The modern skyscrapers mesh with the historic sites and monuments of days past and paint a picture quite unlike any other city in the world.