(Q24N) The total square metres of construction registered during the first three months of the year was up 15% compared to the same period in 2015, driven by residential construction.
From a statement issued by the Colegio Federado de Ingenieros y de Arquitectos de Costa Rica (CFIA) – Association of Engineers and Architects of Costa Rica:
The CFIA notes that if this trend continues, the year could close with more than 10 million square meters having been processed.
During the first quarter of 2016, the CFIA recorded over 2,590 million square meters, a figure that is 14.71% higher than the amount reported in the same period last year. The Data corresponds to the registration of professional responsibility for construction plans which all project must submit to the CFIA prior to the application of a municipal building permit.
Number of square meters registered per province
Province — 2015 — 2016
San José — 579.136 — 745.541
Heredia –26.682 –515.124
Alajuela — 671.384 –514.629
Guanacaste — 230.624 — 252.934
Puntarenas — 165.078 — 217.268
Cartago — 255.889 — 174.044
Limón — 86.564 — 171.123