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Meet Richard Rossi, New Bautex Team Member

New Archi­tec­tur­al Sales Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Richard Rossi serves Bau­tex cus­tomers in Cen­tral Texas from Waco to Austin with more than 30 years expe­ri­ence serv­ing clients in archi­tec­ture, engi­neer­ing and con­struc­tion. From coast to coast and from con­crete to steel, Rossi under­stands how to meet client expec­ta­tions in high per­for­mance indus­tries.

What challenges is the Central Texas construction market facing in 2017?

The new 2015 IECC ener­gy codes were imple­ment­ed in Austin on Novem­ber 1, 2016. Archi­tects and con­trac­tors are look­ing for ways to design and build ener­gy effi­cient build­ings with sim­pli­fied con­struc­tion. The new ener­gy codes require adding insu­la­tion lay­ers to tra­di­tion­al fram­ing, which adds com­plex­i­ty, time and cost to con­struc­tion projects. They look to Bau­tex as a cost-sav­ing solu­tion to pro­vide ener­gy effi­cient build­ings that exceed more strin­gent ener­gy codes well into the future.

What projects have you been most proud to work on in your career?

While work­ing as Man­ag­er of Archi­tec­ture and Engi­neer­ing Ser­vices with Rinker Mate­ri­als in Las Vegas, we sup­plied over one mil­lion cubic yards of con­crete and mason­ry build­ing mate­ri­als, such as con­crete block, to the largest pri­vate­ly fund­ed con­struc­tion project in the Unit­ed States: MGM Project City Cen­ter on the Las Vegas strip.

What makes you a good fit for a new product like Bautex Block?

I love the chal­lenge of edu­cat­ing archi­tects, engi­neers, own­ers and con­trac­tors about new and inno­v­a­tive build­ing mate­ri­als. Upon relo­cat­ing to Austin, I start­ed a manufacturer’s rep­re­sen­ta­tive firm which mar­ket­ed lines of inno­v­a­tive build­ing prod­ucts with a focus on Green Build­ing ini­tia­tives to archi­tects, engi­neers and design con­sul­tants. Bau­tex Sys­tems builds on that con­cept with the insu­lat­ed con­crete blocks we man­u­fac­ture in San Mar­cos.

You've lived all over the country. What do you enjoy about living in greater Austin?

Music has always been a part of my life. My neigh­bors grow­ing up were a fam­i­ly of con­cert pianists, and I took lessons at an ear­ly age. I have two grown sons who are musi­cians, one of whom is pur­su­ing a music career. Health Alliance for Austin Musi­cians, known as HAAM,” is an Austin orga­ni­za­tion which pro­vides access to afford­able health­care for Austin’s low income, unin­sured musi­cians. Vol­un­teer­ing for events to help musi­cians who work so hard to bring the gift of music to this city is some­thing I feel strong­ly about.