Residential

How Structural Engineers Build Homes

Building a Central Texas Lake Home on a Budget

We have a unique story this month for our res­i­den­tial project spotlight featuring Juan Bujanos, who serves as the Director of Engi­neer­ing for the Brownsville Public Utilities Board in Brownsville, Texas. Juan was first intro­duced to the Bautex Wall System a few years ago by our South Texas Business Devel­op­ment Rep­re­sen­ta­tive while attending a hard hat tour and pre­sen­ta­tion for the Rio Grande Valley Credit Union project. He was imme­di­ate­ly impressed with the struc­tur­al and thermal prop­er­ties of the Bautex Wall System. Soon after this event, Juan brought his con­struc­tion crew to a Bautex training.

As the team lead for South Texas com­mer­cial projects for Brownsville PUB, Juan is involved with the con­struc­tion of Motor Control Center buildings, which house one hundred plus thousand-dollar equipment. He chose to design these critical buildings using the Bautex Wall System because of the struc­tur­al and thermal properties.

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Juan shared, The struc­tur­al prop­er­ties and incred­i­ble.” Also, with Brownsville being so close to the coast, he knew that the Bautex Wall System has proven its strength, dura­bil­i­ty and resilience in extreme storm con­di­tions and would protect the city’s invest­ment in equipment for many years to come.

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The Transition to Residential Construction

Juan is also a principal with JNB Engi­neer­ing and works on both com­mer­cial and res­i­den­tial con­struc­tion projects. Since Juan was already acquaint­ed with the Bautex Wall System as a better alter­na­tive to build for com­mer­cial con­struc­tion, he intu­itive­ly saw that it would benefit res­i­den­tial building projects, as well. Recently, Juan began building res­i­den­tial prop­er­ties in Central and South Texas.

While designing a home for a friend who is in his retire­ment years and was desiring to build his forever home” in the Texas Hill Country, Juan shared infor­ma­tion about the struc­tur­al, thermal, sound mit­i­ga­tion and reduced main­te­nance benefits of the Bautex Wall System. After that talk, his friend said, Why aren’t you building my home with Bautex?” So, now they are! 

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This 2,415 square foot tra­di­tion­al home in the Marble Falls, Texas area is now well underway. The Bautex walls went up very quickly for this first-time crew, and now Juan is working to wrap this project up soon for his friend. As a struc­tur­al engineer, long-term dura­bil­i­ty and windstorm resis­tance is important. With Bautex, Juan did not have to create any special design elements since the Bautex Wall System provided every­thing he wanted to achieve right out of the box. This really helped to keep this project under budget.

Bujanos interior

After the success of this first expe­ri­ence with Bautex on a res­i­den­tial project, Juan shared that he intends to continue building healthy, safe, com­fort­able and resilient homes using the Bautex Wall System well into the future. He and his crew are now working with other builders in the Central Texas area who want to use his expe­ri­ence to get started with their own Bautex projects. For Juan, Building with Bautex is a no brainer.”

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