3 Things Design & Construction Pros Learned at a Bautex Hard Hat Tour
60 architects, engineers, and construction professionals joined Bautex for an on-site AIA Lunch & Learn session at the Bella Colinas Medical facility in Bee Cave, Texas.
The Hard Hat event gave attendees the opportunity to learn about building a facility that aligns with Texas building code requirements as well as the benefits of using a single solution wall system to create an insulated structural building envelope.
Here are three key things our attendees took away from the event.
1. How Structural Requirements are Met
The simple integration of the Bautex Wall System with other steel elements was visible in several areas of the building. The group was able to get a close-up view of the concrete elements in the window openings that are typical in Bautex buildings, as well as other unique characteristics.
Getting these close-up views gave everyone the chance to see how Bautex designs its wall system to meet project design requirements. The tour, in addition to the Q&A session afterwards, answered questions from architects as to how they can meet certain building code requirements and other design objectives when starting a new project.
2. The Different Stages of the Bautex Wall System Construction Process
Construction of the Bautex walls on the first of two buildings was well under way, giving attendees the opportunity to see the walls in different stages of construction. The exterior Bautex walls on the front of the building were already built and poured, and structural steel erectors were connecting roof joists to the Bautex walls and interior steel columns and beams. On the East side of the building, workers from Whitetail Construction were quickly building the last of the Bautex Block prior to being poured with concrete.
As the group moved around the inside of the building, they were able to see many of the structural customizations built into the Bautex walls to meet the requirements of the tall single-story building.
Several hard hat tour participants are designing Bautex into upcoming retail, office, public safety, and multi-family projects. Seeing the construction process at Bella Colinas helped them think through details on their own projects as well.
3. Seeing Innovative Construction Details Firsthand
It’s difficult to tell what a wall system looks like or how it will be constructed without first seeing it in the field. Attendees had the opportunity to see the Bautex Wall System being used on the job site, showing them how this system is constructed and used during a project.
They also witnessed the simplicity of detailing and constructing Bautex walls. By going from four to five materials and three to four installers down to one material and one installer, Bautex considerably reduces the complexity, cost and time to design and build this medical building.
The answers to questions around structural details, integration of mechanical, electrical and plumbing items, and installation of interior and exterior finishes become clear on a job site tour like this. Hard hat tour participants were able to see all of these specific construction details directly on this project.