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.”