Local airports are critical logistic hubs after major windstorm events. In many cases, they are the only way in and out of coastal towns until crews can clean up roads and highways.
The designers with RS&H were tasked to design a new General Aviation Terminal for the Nueces County Airport in Robstown, TX. The challenges faced by the design team could have been met with expensive, complicated wall systems, requiring multiple trades and building components.
However, the design team with RS&H were committed to building solutions for a durable and sustainable airport terminal and thus utilized an integrated, hurricane-resistant, energy-efficient solution for Nueces County by building with the Bautex wall system.
The challenges met by the Bautex Wall System:
- Bautex provided the terminal with a highly durable, hurricane-resistant design, able to withstand harsh storms and disasters.
- Bautex meets the challenge in this hot-humid Texas climate for building owners to keep both building occupants comfortable and energy costs low.
The challenges faced by the design team could have been met with expensive, complicated wall systems, requiring multiple trades and building components. The original design of this modern aviation terminal required multiple structural assemblies to be integrated together to achieve the needed lateral resistance in a high wind zone.
The Bautex wall system is, at its core, a structural concrete design that stands up to high winds and debris impact. Buildings built with Bautex stood strong last year when Hurricane Harvey impacted the Texas coast.
By choosing Bautex, the designers were also able to simplify the design of the insulation and enclosure system for the airport terminal. The insulation and thermal mass of the Bautex system work together to deliver highly energy-efficient walls that won’t deteriorate over time. This performance will result in year-over-year operating savings for the county and exceeds the 2015 IECC code requirements for mass wall systems by 250%.
The team at Bautex worked with the architect, engineer and general contractor to ensure a successful design and build using the Bautex Wall System. The general contractor only had to utilize one subcontractor to get the walls completed, saving the county time, money and headaches. The design team only had to detail one system to achieve the structural, safety and efficiency demands of this project, saving time and reducing chances for errors.
While the benefits of using Bautex will be seen for years to come for the owner, the real value comes in simplifying and accelerating the design and construction processes.
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