Building Science

Amy Stone, P.E., on benefits of an engineered wall system

Engineering services simplify new wall system design, construction

Bau­tex Sys­tems devel­oped rela­tion­ships with struc­tur­al engi­neers includ­ing Out­lier Engi­neer­ing (link to news release) and 13th Lev­el Engi­neers (link to oth­er sto­ry hub arti­cle) to assist cus­tomers with spec­i­fy­ing Bau­tex Block for their build­ing enve­lope and inte­ri­or wall sys­tems. Bau­tex Block is an inno­v­a­tive com­bi­na­tion of the best parts of more famil­iar sys­tems, such as tra­di­tion­al mason­ry and con­crete,” explains Amy Stone, P.E., pres­i­dent of Out­lier Engi­neer­ing. Work­ing with Bau­tex cus­tomers, we can great­ly sim­pli­fy and short­en the design process by pro­vid­ing an engi­neered wall sys­tem that includes sealed struc­tur­al engi­neer­ing wall plans for their projects.”

Engi­neers use wide­ly under­stood design spec­i­fi­ca­tions from the Amer­i­can Con­crete Institute’s Build­ing Code Require­ments for Struc­tur­al Con­crete — ACI 318. Stone says pre-engi­neered solu­tions have advan­tages. A pre-engi­neered sys­tem means that when a build­ing mate­r­i­al or sys­tem is pur­chased, it comes with sealed engi­neer­ing con­struc­tion doc­u­ments. A famil­iar exam­ple might be a met­al build­ing. The main ben­e­fit of a pre-engi­neered wall sys­tem is that it allows the project design team to use the prod­uct with­out hav­ing to become tech­ni­cal experts in the engi­neer­ing of the sys­tem. There are oth­er ben­e­fits, too. Since the design is com­plet­ed by an engi­neer famil­iar with the prod­uct, it’s very effi­cient and more cost effec­tive. Also, since some of the design costs are deferred to the con­struc­tion phase, it often makes finan­cial sense to delay these incurred costs when pos­si­ble. All three of these answers def­i­nite­ly apply to the pre-engi­neered Bau­tex Wall Sys­tem.”