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.