Press Release

Bautex Systems Supports Construction of Sea Scout Base Galveston

Bau­tex Sys­tems today announced its build­ing mate­ri­als were select­ed as an inte­gral part of con­struct­ing Sea Scout Base Galve­ston (SSBG), a new $40 mil­lion a high-adven­ture mar­itime and marine learn­ing des­ti­na­tion with excep­tion­al stan­dards for safe­ty, sus­tain­abil­i­ty, and edu­ca­tion­al func­tion­al­i­ty.

We are proud to see our Bau­tex Block™ become an inte­gral part of the Sea Scout Base Galve­ston facil­i­ty,” says Paul Brown, pres­i­dent of Bau­tex Sys­tems. We worked for four years to devel­op, man­u­fac­ture and test a bet­ter prod­uct for build­ing exte­ri­or and inte­ri­or walls, one that would meet or exceed build­ing stan­dards for ener­gy effi­cien­cy and storm and fire safe­ty, espe­cial­ly for areas prone to severe weath­er, such as the Gulf Coast.”

SSBG is gain­ing nation­al recog­ni­tion for its unique aquat­ic edu­ca­tion pro­grams that instill the val­ues of lead­er­ship, inde­pen­dence and team­work in youth. Home to the Galve­ston Com­mu­ni­ty Youth Sail­ing Cen­ter (GCYSC), Sea Scout Base Galve­ston pro­vides an oppor­tu­ni­ty for indi­vid­u­als and fam­i­lies to con­nect with the water by offer­ing pro­grams for stu­dents, adults, dis­abled sailors, Scouts and more. The facil­i­ty was con­struct­ed with its loca­tion in mind, using mate­ri­als that would with­stand hur­ri­canes and gale force winds. SSBG incor­po­rates state-of-the-art and ener­gy effi­cient tech­nol­o­gy, while pre­serv­ing its his­toric ele­ments. The devel­op­ers are pur­su­ing Plat­inum LEED cer­ti­fi­ca­tion, the U.S. Green Build­ing Council’s high­est rat­ing for build­ing sus­tain­abil­i­ty.

Sus­tain­abil­i­ty and con­sid­er­a­tion for the sur­round­ing envi­ron­ment was a top pri­or­i­ty dur­ing the entire con­struc­tion of Sea Scout Base Galve­ston,” said Ed Car­rette, exec­u­tive direc­tor of Sea Scout Base Galve­ston. We are proud to pro­vide a facil­i­ty that will ben­e­fit both the com­mu­ni­ty and the ecosys­tem.”

The SSBG project high­lights the advanced prop­er­ties of Bau­tex prod­ucts. Bau­tex began man­u­fac­tur­ing its com­pos­ite insu­lat­ing con­crete form (ICF) wall sys­tem for com­mer­cial and res­i­den­tial con­struc­tion from its facil­i­ty in San Mar­cos, Texas, in 2013. Its Bau­tex Block, the foun­da­tion­al unit of the Bau­tex Wall Sys­tem, is a light­weight build­ing block made from indi­vid­ual beads of expand­ed poly­styrene mixed with pro­pri­etary cemen­ti­tious mate­r­i­al. The blocks cre­at­ed specif­i­cal­ly for SSBG use expand­ed poly­styrene that is 100 per­cent recy­cled foam mate­r­i­al, help­ing to bring the project clos­er to its LEED- cer­ti­fi­ca­tion goal. Typ­i­cal­ly, Bau­tex Blocks con­tain a min­i­mum of 28 per­cent recy­cled con­tent. The fin­ished Bau­tex Wall Sys­tem pro­vides ener­gy effi­cien­cy, fire resis­tance, storm debris pro­tec­tion, and noise mit­i­ga­tion in a sin­gle, inte­grat­ed struc­ture.

Project archi­tect Bob Ran­dall of Ran­dall-Porter­field Archi­tects, Inc. said the firm chose Bau­tex for its recy­cled con­tent, acoustics and fire resis­tance. He laud­ed the wall’s high insu­la­tion per­for­mance and its ease of use.

I like being able to cut the forms in the field with a chain­saw to cre­ate cus­tom fea­tures. When you can stack the big light­weight blocks togeth­er with­out hav­ing to use mor­tar, it’s much eas­i­er and faster to work with than a stan­dard con­crete block,” Ran­dall said.

Phase I of the SSBG project pre­served an orig­i­nal dwelling, which would become the Wheel­house – offices and oper­a­tions cen­ter for ves­sels and water­front. The fin­ished result exem­pli­fies the out­stand­ing design flex­i­bil­i­ty offered by Bau­tex Block. The orig­i­nal build­ing, which sat less than 30 yards from the water, was lift­ed intact off its foun­da­tion and set back atop a 13-foot Bau­tex wall in order to get the struc­ture out of the hur­ri­cane flood surge zone. The Bau­tex Block is light­weight, quick to install, requires no mor­tar between blocks, and can eas­i­ly be cut and formed to meet any design require­ment. In this case, Bau­tex walls were installed to fol­low the foot­print of the exist­ing build­ing, which was irreg­u­lar in shape. The archi­tect incor­po­rat­ed many arched open­ings, which again show­cased the flex­i­bil­i­ty of the Bau­tex prod­ucts. Bau­tex also sup­plied Stuc­co­MaxTM abuse-resis­tant stuc­co, which was applied to the inside and out­side of the Bau­tex walls. The cured Stuc­co­Max achieves a com­pres­sive strength over 3,500 PSI, pro­vid­ing pro­tec­tion from dents and a long fin­ish life.

Paul Engi­neer­ing was the struc­tur­al engi­neer­ing firm on the project and Ship­ley Archi­tects worked with Ran­dall Porter­field on the archi­tec­tur­al design. The gen­er­al con­trac­tor for SSBG is Jacob White Con­struc­tion Com­pa­ny of Friendswood, Texas. It sub­con­tract­ed in Phase I to T.E. Reil­ly (TER) because TER was already a trained Bau­tex installer.

Phase II of the SSBG project, still in progress, is a five-sto­ry dor­mi­to­ry build­ing to the west of Wheel­house. The build­ing is made to with­stand a Cat­e­go­ry 4 hur­ri­cane and has been offered to island offi­cials as a com­mand cen­ter for future storms. Bau­tex pro­vid­ed the exte­ri­or walls for the build­ing as well as the demis­ing walls between the two-room suites on most of the floors. The archi­tect select­ed com­pos­ite insu­lat­ing con­crete form for ener­gy effi­cien­cy, storm and fire pro­tec­tion and noise reduc­tion. Bau­tex com­pos­ite ICF is proven to per­form on four major dimen­sions:

  • Energy efficiency. The Bau­tex Wall Sys­tem com­bines R‑14 con­tin­u­ous insu­la­tion, ther­mal mass, and an air­tight enve­lope to cre­ate an extreme­ly ener­gy effi­cient wall sys­tem that pro­vides opti­mal ener­gy effi­cien­cy for the coastal envi­ron­ment.
  • Storm protection. Bau­tex wall assem­blies with sim­ple mason­ry veneer were test­ed and met the Fed­er­al Emer­gency Man­age­ment Agency FEMA 320 and FEMA 361 guide­lines for res­i­den­tial and com­mu­ni­ty safe rooms in storm zones with poten­tial wind speeds up to 250 miles per hour (Zone IV). By meet­ing the FEMA require­ments for wind debris pen­e­tra­tion, the Bau­tex Wall Sys­tem pro­vides tremen­dous lev­els of pro­tec­tion in extreme weath­er events for build­ings locat­ed in hur­ri­cane and tor­na­do prone areas of the Unit­ed States.
  • Fire protection. Based on lab test results, the Bau­tex Wall Sys­tem can be spec­i­fied for projects that require fire endurance rat­ings as high as four hours, and is a list­ed fire-rat­ed assem­bly with QAI Lab­o­ra­to­ries under both U.S. and Cana­di­an fire safe­ty stan­dards.
  • Noise reduction. The Bau­tex Wall Sys­tem, has received a high Sound Trans­mis­sion Class and Out­door-Indoor Trans­mis­sion Class rat­ings from ETS-Lind­gren Acoustic Research Lab­o­ra­to­ry, a nation­al­ly accred­it­ed test­ing lab, demon­strat­ing the noise damp­en­ing capa­bil­i­ties of the wall sys­tem that are increas­ing­ly required today in com­mer­cial, gov­ern­ment and edu­ca­tion­al build­ing con­struc­tion. It also meets Amer­i­can Nation­al Stan­dards Insti­tute cri­te­ria for schools in par­tic­u­lar.

We’re hap­py with the Bau­tex wall,” said Ran­dall. We think it’ll give us a lot of years of good ser­vice. We got good sup­port from Bau­tex and we hope to use the com­pa­ny again.”

The Bau­tex walls for Phase II were installed by ARM Con­struc­tion of Orange, Texas. Bau­tex also sup­plied Bau­tex Air & Mois­ture Bar­ri­er and Stuc­co­Max abuse-resis­tant stuc­co for this phase.

SSBG is the home of the Galve­ston Com­mu­ni­ty Youth Sail­ing Cen­ter, and BaySmart, a youth pro­gram pro­mot­ing the explo­ration of STEM top­ics in an aquat­ic envi­ron­ment, and also pro­vides nau­ti­cal high adven­ture pro­grams for Scouts in part­ner­ship with Bay Area Coun­cil of the Boy Scouts of Amer­i­ca.

This Octo­ber, SSBG’s Galve­ston Com­mu­ni­ty Youth Sail­ing Cen­ter host­ed the 2014 U.S. Dis­abled Sail­ing Cham­pi­onship. The entire base was designed to accom­mo­date peo­ple with dis­abil­i­ties, incor­po­rat­ing fea­tures such as lifts to place wheel­chair users on boats.

About Sea Scout Base Galveston

Opened in Octo­ber 2014, Sea Scout Base Galve­ston (SSBG) offers aquat­ic edu­ca­tion pro­grams that instill life­time lead­er­ship, team­work skills and inde­pen­dence in body, mind and spir­it. SSBG caters to out­doors enthu­si­asts with a wide range of pro­grams for school groups, indi­vid­u­als, vet­er­ans, those with dis­abil­i­ties and cor­po­rate groups as well as for the Scout­ing com­mu­ni­ty. With a fleet of more than 40 ves­sels, SSBG pro­vides class­es, camps and com­pe­ti­tions for all lev­els of exper­tise. In addi­tion to its Scout­ing and com­mu­ni­ty pro­grams, SSBG also offers an inter­ac­tive learn­ing envi­ron­ment for school groups with its float­ing class­room, the BaySmart Express. This two-sto­ry ves­sel fea­tures tablet tech­nol­o­gy that pro­vides stu­dents the oppor­tu­ni­ty to explore marine life on the water and online. For more infor­ma­tion about SSBG, please vis­it at www​.ssb​galve​ston​.org.