General Contractor Spotlight & Interview: Charles Downing
This month, in our General Contractor Spotlight, we are featuring a discussion with Charles Downing, Project Manager and Owner of Texas Custom Solutions, LLC (TCS). They specialize in custom homes and commercial contracting and remodeling with experience in all areas of construction. TCS’s primary focus is private work and customer relations instead of the public bidding process.
Charles began building with Bautex Systems in late 2018 on the Executive Signs project as the Project Manager — Supervisor. TCS was the General Contractor for this project and, therefore, oversaw every aspect. The Executive Signs project was located directly across the street from the Bautex Plant.
We asked Charles, now that you have completed your first project using the Bautex Wall System, how would you describe your overall experience in using the system?
His response: “Loved it. Everything worked together great on this project. The product is very structurally sound. Quiet and easy to work with.” He shared that the installation process was relatively easy: “There’s always a learning curve with a new product but we figured it out pretty quickly.”
We also asked how the use of the Bautex Wall System on this project benefited him as the general contractor and he said that he was able to easily exceed all codes. He was able to use existing subcontractors of his and the cost was very affordable, and in essence, saved money in the long run. He said that it was very easy to understand the cost process.
When asked about how beneficial the Bautex Construction support was, Charles said, “Very beneficial. We were their headquarters neighbor which was nice. Therefore, they were always on point. But even had they not been a neighbor to our project, their team is awesome and ready to assist in every way.”
When asked what he would share with other contractors and design teams to influence their choosing Bautex for their next project, Charles replied, “Bautex is much easier to work with than any other product of its nature. It really stands out in its category in building materials. Almost anyone can install and have a rhythm by day 2 or 3. The costs typically come in lower than traditional building styles, pending few variables. But the efficiency and ease are bar none. With the industry continuously trying to reach new efficiency standards, Bautex really covers a lot of ground for designers and builders.”
Finally, we asked Charles why Bautex was chosen for this project and did it solve any issues for the project? Charles responded, “This product was chosen to try something new and to reach/exceed city requirements. Given our building type and size, any other product would’ve cost more on the overall project cost to construct. Bautex gave us a building that was easy to construct, will save the client on utility bills and will stand the test of time.”
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