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.

If you have ques­tions about how bet­ter walls like the Bau­tex Wall Sys­tem can help you build bet­ter build­ings, click here to talk to a Wall Systems Expert and see how your next project could be your best.