Designing for Harsh Conditions: Fish America Building Almost Complete

Project Name: Marine Devel­op­ment Cen­ter — Fish Amer­i­ca Build­ing
Loca­tion: Cor­pus Christi, TX (Nue­ces Coun­ty)
Build­ing Type: Agri­cul­tur­al Build­ing
Sto­ries: 1
Build­ing SF: 3,730

Project Team
Own­er: Texas Parks & Wildlife
Archi­tect: Atkins
GC: Safenet Ser­vices, LLC
Bau­tex Installer: RGV Alliance Con­struc­tion, LLC
Bau­tex Engi­neer: M&S Engi­neer­ing
MEP, Civ­il, and Struc­tur­al Engi­neer­ing: Atkins

Con­struc­tion is near com­ple­tion for the Fish Amer­i­ca Build­ing at the Texas Parks & Wildlife Marine Devel­op­ment Cen­ter in Cor­pus Christi, Texas. This one-sto­ry facil­i­ty is used for a salt­wa­ter fish hatch­ing pro­gram that sup­ports recre­ation­al and com­mer­cial fish­ing activ­i­ties along the Texas Coastal Bend region.


The build­ing was designed for harsh envi­ron­ments, both inside and out­side the build­ing. Bau­tex Blocks and a hol­low core con­crete roof­ing sys­tem was select­ed for cost sav­ings and for long-term resilience to wind­storm and cor­ro­sion. Bau­tex Air and Mois­ture Bar­ri­er and exte­ri­or abuse-resis­tant stuc­co sys­tems were also used on the project to keep costs in check and pro­duce a robust and long-last­ing asset for the state.


The project switched to Bau­tex over pre­cast insu­lat­ed con­crete and rein­forced dou­ble tee con­crete roof sys­tem due to cost and tim­ing, as Bau­tex pro­vid­ed sig­nif­i­cant sav­ings and reduced con­struc­tion time on the project.

Con­struc­tion is antic­i­pat­ed to be com­plet­ed ear­ly in 2019.