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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.