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.