Founded in Bulgaria in 1998, to date the company has built more than 250 000sq.m. of climbing walls in 50 countries on 6 continents.
Walltopia builds climbing walls for the private, public and non-profit sectors, striving to provide the most up-to-date design and technology. The company is committed to continuous improvement of its operation and expansion of its portfolio of products and services in order to ensure high quality and contribution to client's success.
Every activity that is set to happen above the ground brings the inherent risk of falling. It’s the law of physics.
No matter how many safety measures and procedures a climbing wall or active entertainment operator imposes, there’s always the risk of unfortunate circumstance. Knowing this, as a leading climbing wall manufacturer, we work consistently in two directions when it comes to safety:
- to decrease the chances of human mistakes
- to decrease the severity of an incident if a situation occurs.
Although there is no mandatory flooring regulation for climbing-based activities over 5 m, we feel it is our moral obligation to stress on the importance of adding proper matting for climbing-based attractions.
That is why, Walltopia partners with Climbmat that offers a special type of flooring solution called One More Life, developed and tested to significantly decrease the risk of severe injury in the event of a fall from heights between 7 and 17 m. One More Life aims to work for the climber as the airbag in a car does for the passenger. In the event of a fall, One More Life is designed to absorb a big part of the kinetic energy and decrease the deceleration force in order to reduce the risk of severe injuries.
We believe the reasons it’s not commonly used is that it takes out a part of a wall’s height (between 33 and 63 cm depending on the height of the attraction) and costs more than a standard flooring solution (250 EUR/m2 exw).
However, Walltopia advises and highly recommends that all amusement centers offering activities above 5 m take responsibility to provide their customers with the highest possible safety precautions, including energy absorbing flooring as one of them.
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Let’s build a safe and fun environment for active entertainment!
Ivaylo Penchev, Walltopia CEO
Grupo GICSA is a real estate investment and development company. Their portfolio features shopping and retail centers, office buildings, residential complexes, hotels, resorts, and industrial buildings. Since 1989 they have developed 72 real estate projects of a total of 3.1 million m2 of space in Mexico and the United States.
In recent years, Grupo GICSA executed 4 of their FEC projects in partnership with Walltopia Active Entertainment. Two of them, the ones in Puebla and Queretaro are already in operation and are open for visitors, while the ones in Pachuca and Culiacan will be built by the end of the year.
We interviewed Jose Luis Sosa, Project Manager of Grupo GICSA, to find out more on what inspired the company to build and manage FECs inside shopping centers. Here is what he shared:
What do you remember about your first time in an entertainment center?
I remember thinking that the product you sell is innovative and of top quality. I really liked it.
How did you get the idea to build and operate one yourself?
We got the idea from the shopping malls from the USA where they combine a lot of attractions in one big area. They optimize renting surface for attractions which is very important in our business.
What were your main challenges along the road from dream to reality?
Coordination with internal and external architects, completion of the scope on time and assuring the quality of execution for the client.
What you are most proud of in the GICSA entertainment centers?
The variety of attractions and quality of materials put into place for a mixture of entertainment not seen in Latin-American yet.
What would you say to someone considering to follow your path?
The success of these projects lies with the quality of the team building the dream with you.
Is there anything funny or unexpected about operating an entertainment center that you’d like to share?
Building entertainment venues has been an interesting and entertaining process, where every step is focused on enhancing the user experience and entertainment potential, which makes our job focused on the users, giving them the best time possible in our FEC which in my opinion is the best calling anyone can have, bringing people happiness.
We' want to thank Mr. Sosa for sharing the motivation and drive of Grupo GICSA. We wish them success with their current facilities and hope the future brings them more exciting ventures and projects.
Fitness centers have been around for years as one of the most popular ways to stay healthy and fit in an urban environment. Or as an additional activity to other sports as it allows to easily train specific muscle groups.
However, in its core fitness training is a repetitive and individual activity and to many today this is not enough. People are looking for a more challenging, engaging and fun way to stay fit.
And this is where Walltopia steps in offering a specially developed line of climbing and ninja warrior activities for gyms.
Both bouldering and ninja warrior courses challenge and improve
Both are a great way to enhance the traditional structured workouts to train the whole body in a way that feels more fun and adventurous, too.
We will present this concept for the first time at the world's biggest event for fitness, wellness and health – FIBO, in Cologne, Germany, from 4th to 7th April 2019,