Project Spotlight: Isla Blanca Park - Phase II

Isla Blanca Park sits at the very south­ern­most tip of South Padre Island, Texas, less than 10 miles from where the Rio Grande River empties into the Gulf of Mexico. The park is the most popular park des­ti­na­tion in Cameron County with over one million visitors per year. Isla Blanca is a perennial​“Top 10 Texas Beach,” according to USA Today. The Dolphin Cove multi-purpose building and pavilion were designed to host theater art, music, school and band concert events for the area. 

Dolphin Cove, an Event Center for Cameron County, was Phase 1 in a multi-year ren­o­va­tion and expansion program for Isla Blanca Park. It began con­struc­tion in 2018 and was completed in early 2019. Phase II was completed in late 2019 and included two projects, P. J. Lerma and Sandpiper, both pavilions with con­ces­sion and restroom facilities.

Isla blanca phase 2 b

The Bautex Wall System was selected for all of the exterior walls of the building, with the exception of the large glass sections at the front and the two open pavilions of P. J. Lerma and Sandpiper. Bautex was also used on several interior walls of Dolphin Cove to provide addi­tion­al struc­tur­al capacity for the building. The walls were coated with the Bautex Air and Moisture Barrier, finished with StuccoMax Exterior Wall Finish and then painted.

Key Design Features

  • Bautex walls are the primary load-bearing system for the Event Center, Con­ces­sion and Restroom facilities.
  • Two of the interior Bautex walls of Event Center were designed and built to create moment frames that provide the entire lateral (shear) resis­tance for the structure.
  • Designed and con­struct­ed for highest wind zone (Seaward).
  • Solid mono­lith­ic walls without organic materials or wall cavities prevent moisture and mold problems in this hot-humid climate.
  • Abuse-resistant magnesium-oxide cement-based stucco finish system for impact resis­tance and long term dura­bil­i­ty in the harsh environment.
Isla blanca phase c

Project Video

In this video, Jesse Gonzales, the sub-con­trac­tor who installed the Bautex Wall System on the Isla Blanca Park projects, talks about the value that Bautex brought to these projects: its sim­plic­i­ty, its time savings and the value of our technical and con­struc­tion support.

Bautex proved to be the most cost-effective and fastest way to build the Isla Blanca Projects, con­sid­er­ing the harsh coastal envi­ron­ments and the county’s desire for a long service life. Spec­i­fy­ing Bautex sim­pli­fied the archi­tec­tur­al design and allowed the struc­tur­al engineer to fully rely on the wall system to achieve the loadings required for the project. Dolphin Cove was the first building, but it has been joined by P. J. Lerma and Sandpiper in the Isla Blanca Park system that are utilizing the Bautex Wall System.

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