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Progress Review – What We’ve Learned

As we look back at the work we’ve done, the projects completed, and the impact we’ve had on improving lives and advancing the way the world builds, we have learned how the Bautex product, people and process have crys­tal­lized into an incred­i­ble tool. A tool ensuring the success of owners, archi­tects, general con­trac­tors, builders and sub­con­trac­tors by creating work and home envi­ron­ments that are healthy, safe, energy-efficient, resilient and set for the years to come.

The map below is the evidence! It shows the extent of the Bautex footprint and its impact on the con­struc­tion industry here in Texas. We have worked with many archi­tects, general con­trac­tors and sub­con­trac­tors as they have confirmed that the benefits of Bautex inno­v­a­tive tech­nol­o­gy in the com­mer­cial con­struc­tion industry does indeed Save Time with fewer con­struc­tion steps and trades, Saves Money with fewer materials and less labor and Builds Better with energy-efficient, safe, healthy, com­fort­able and resilient buildings that stand the test of time.

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What We Have Learned

  1. Bautex is absolute­ly cost-com­pet­i­tive with any com­mer­cial building system for insulated low-rise buildings. Bautex:
    1. Had bid numbers for wall scope on par or more savings than other wall systems.
    2. Reduced time for General Con­trac­tors through faster schedule – more $ savings.
    3. Less work for General Con­trac­tors and Archi­tects.

      Sig­nif­i­cant cost savings were found for a wide range of building types, including some very common buildings like retail, but also some very chal­leng­ing projects like the TPWD Fish Hatchery and some unex­pect­ed cases like the pre-engi­neered metal buildings that most people assume are the lowest cost way to build.

  2. Metal stud framing is more expensive than most people in the industry assume or believe. In fact, in some cases, standard steel frame and light gauge metal framing infill might be the most expensive and most complex/​risky way to build. For more infor­ma­tion, read our Cost Study blog.

  3. Bautex’s technical services and con­trac­tor support program, that are both part of The Bautex Advantage (our proven process), are incred­i­bly valued by project teams and the key to suc­cess­ful inno­va­tion in the building industry. Bautex goes above and beyond what other vendors do, and we become a virtual extension of every project team.

Prominent Projects Completed

Sea Star Base

We’ve completed several notable projects over the years, such as the Sea Star Base in Galveston, Texas. The Bautex Wall System was used to construct two of the buildings on the Sea Star Base Galveston campus, including this 5‑story LEED® Platinum rated dormitory and event facility. Bautex was selected to replace concrete masonry for the exterior walls and many of the interior demising walls in order to speed up con­struc­tion, reduce weight on the structure, provide maximum energy effi­cien­cy and storm safety and to reduce con­struc­tion costs. As a testament to the resilience of this landmark building, the mayor of Galveston set up his emergency oper­a­tions center on the fifth floor of SSBG during Hurricane Harvey in 2017.

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The Results

  • Dura­bil­i­ty and resilien­cy required for a 100+ year facility located in this harsh coastal environment.
  • Quieter and more com­fort­able living spaces for visitors in a very active teaching facility.
  • Unpar­al­leled safety for guests against the constant danger of wind­storms and fires.
  • Reduced operating costs from lower energy bills and fewer repair and main­te­nance needs.

Bella Colinas Retail

Another notable project was the Bella Colinas Retail project in the Austin, Texas area. Noack-Little Archi­tects and Neel Morton Office of Archi­tec­ture partnered on this project to give KPG Com­mer­cial their second and third buildings using the Bautex Wall System. Bautex was selected to provide a more durable, and easy to maintain structure than metal framing, but one that was more cost-effective than concrete block or concrete tilt panel. The Bautex Wall System was able to meet the energy code require­ments without addi­tion­al work or materials which saved KPG time and money on the project.

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The Results

  • Dura­bil­i­ty and resilien­cy required for a 100+ year facility located in this harsh coastal environment.
  • Quieter and more com­fort­able living spaces for visitors in a very active teaching facility.
  • Unpar­al­leled safety for guests against the constant danger of wind­storms and fires.
  • Reduced operating costs from lower energy bills and fewer repair and main­te­nance needs.

TPWD Fish America Marine Development Center

A third important project was the TPWD Fish America Marine Devel­op­ment Center in Corpus Christi, Texas. Designing a fish hatching process building to withstand a caustic saltwater envi­ron­ment both inside and outside proved to be a sig­nif­i­cant challenge for Atkins. When the initial pre-cast insulated concrete wall and rein­forced double-tee roof design came in sig­nif­i­cant­ly over budget, Atkins turned to Bautex to provide a more cost-effective solution. Our team rec­om­mend­ed the Bautex Wall System along with a hollow-core concrete roof system with a direct-applied StuccoMax® wall finish on the exterior and on the interior of the indus­tri­al process areas. In the end, Texas Parks & Wildlife received a durable and abuse-resistant building that will give them years of worry-free service.

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The Results

  • Reduced con­struc­tion costs that brought the project back into budget.
  • Resilient and abuse-resistant con­struc­tion to withstand the corrosive saltwater envi­ron­ments both inside and outside the building.
  • Windstorm pro­tec­tion in an area with extreme wind exposure.
  • Reduced main­te­nance costs from mono­lith­ic insulated concrete wall and roof systems with no exposed steel elements.

Based on what we’ve learned and how far we’ve come, we are very excited for what the new year has in store!

So, are you ready to get on board?

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