Meet the Bautex Team - Duane Holloway, Construction Support Manager

Duane Hol­loway man­ages the Bau­tex Installer Pro­gram pro­vid­ing con­struc­tion train­ing and tech­ni­cal sup­port to gen­er­al con­trac­tors and spe­cial­ty trades who are build­ing with Bau­tex Block. He pro­vides exten­sive remote and on-site tech­ni­cal sup­port to con­trac­tors through all phas­es of a project, from bid­ding and bud­get­ing through final com­ple­tion.

This con­struc­tion vet­er­an has three decades expe­ri­ence work­ing on large-scale indus­tri­al and com­mer­cial con­struc­tion projects, start­ing as an iron work­er and work­ing his way up to key man­age­ment posi­tions. Work­ing at Bau­tex Sys­tems pre­sent­ed him a one-of-a-kind career oppor­tu­ni­ty to intro­duce and sup­port an inno­v­a­tive wall sys­tem to con­trac­tors across the region.

You’d seen insulated concrete form construction projects in your work and they didn’t excite you. Why did you decide to join the Bautex team?

In my old jobs, I saw prob­lems build­ing with some of the ICF mate­ri­als on the mar­ket, and when I looked at Bau­tex Block, I real­ized it was dif­fer­ent. I could actu­al­ly build with it. With the ben­e­fits of ener­gy effi­cien­cy, fire safe­ty and more, there real­ly isn’t any­thing else like it. I’m proud of its con­structabil­i­ty.

What are you most proud of?

I’m most proud of hav­ing a part in mak­ing this busi­ness work. Get­ting to pro­duc­tion took a lot of effort on all of our parts. We have an expert in each field, and we have dif­fer­ent pro­fes­sion­al expe­ri­ences. Also, I pushed hard for us to con­duct storm test­ing on the Bau­tex Wall Sys­tem. I’m from Okla­homa where the tor­na­do rat­ing is impor­tant. I built the air can­non so we could test it on our own before it offi­cial­ly went to the lab in Lub­bock.

You work in the factory and out in the field. How does that help your customers?

We want to sup­port them every way we can. I am on site as often as need­ed, espe­cial­ly the first few days of a project and at its impor­tant mile­stones, like pour­ing con­crete. We offer the same sup­port to archi­tects or engi­neers. I like to come into my lab, which the rest of the team calls Duane’s World,” and work out how to build a cer­tain archi­tec­tur­al detail and let cus­tomers know how it will work.

What’s your secret sauce to working well with everyone on a project team?

At Bau­tex, I learn what is impor­tant to each of the trades. What’s impor­tant to an installing con­trac­tor is not same as what is impor­tant to an archi­tect. What’s impor­tant to an engi­neer is not same as to an own­er. Our train­ing pro­gram is the same for archi­tects and masons, but I change the empha­sis. Con­trac­tors want lots of details of how pieces are put togeth­er, and the archi­tects are going to want to know how it con­nects and fits in with oth­er sys­tems.

In my pre­vi­ous posi­tions, I earned a rep­u­ta­tion for being lev­el head­ed when projects are strug­gling and need some lead­er­ship to get on track. One time I was sent to a water treat­ment plant project that was eight months behind. I could see what need­ed to be done and what resources we need­ed, and I’m proud to say we fin­ished it on time.