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.