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.