Wednesday, May 11, 2011
“This is a state-of-the-art facility with large missile-impact resistant glass and redundant generators to keep us up and running,” said Clara G. de Castro, Banco Santander International Assistant VP General Services.
The bank’s primary location is in Miami’s Brickell district (lower right photo), but its 2,300-square-foot hurricane recovery location is far from the coast – and easier for employees to reach following a disaster.
“We’ve been through storms before and we know the costs of power outages and downtime. Immediately following a storm is a critical period. This was the right solution in the right location.”
For Banco Santander, Espirito Santo Bank, Royal Bank of Canada, HSBC Bank USA and health plan provider CarePlus Health Plans Inc., the “Built Procacci Strong” disaster recovery / business continuity commercial real estate program is the right solution.
It combines strong construction, continuous connectivity and redundant back-up power providing the ability to keep businesses up and running as usual immediately after a major hurricane makes landfall.
The program comprises buildings built to withstand a Category 5 hurricane with winds up to 185 miles per hour. If a storm hits, tenants who have leased space in these buildings know their business is protected and that diesel back-up generators in a N+1 configuration will power the entire building for up to 20 days before refueling.
Stark statistics bear out the critical need for disaster planning. More than four in 10 businesses never reopen following a disaster and 29% of those that do reopen after a storm close within two years, notes Disaster-Resource.com.
“Many businesses use data centers to protect their information. Think of our buildings as business continuity insurance that provides not only data protection but also a first-class location for people to perform work and conduct commerce,” said Philip Procacci (top right photo), founder and CEO of Procacci Development Corporation.
“Our ‘Built Procacci Strong’ buildings meet or exceed the rigorous standards of the Zurich HPR Program and provide direct savings on insurance costs and operating expenses.”
The “Built Procacci Strong” initiative has earned Zurich’s highly protected risk (HPR) wind standard certification, a timely distinction in view of projections for the 2011 Atlantic Hurricane Season.
This year’s forecast calls for 16 named storms, with five major storms. As hurricane season approaches, banks, law and accounting firms, cruise lines, call centers and other businesses that can’t afford any down time all anxiously recall past seasons.
Hurricane Wilma in 2005, for example, caused power outages that disrupted business – some for weeks on end. Some industries are required to have a business continuity plan. For others, it just makes good business sense.
For more information log on to http://www.procacci.us/
Todd Templin, Boardroom Communications, 954-370-8999