Project Update: Nueces County Airport

Building Solutions for a Durable and Sustainable Airport Terminal

As many wit­nessed first-hand after Hur­ri­cane Har­vey hit the Texas coast in 2017, many local air­ports are crit­i­cal logis­tic hubs after major wind­storm events. In many cas­es, these run­ways and ter­mi­nals are the only way in and out of coastal towns until crews can clean up roads and high­ways.

Design­ers with RS&H were hired to design a new Gen­er­al Avi­a­tion Ter­mi­nal for the Nue­ces Coun­ty Air­port in Rob­stown, TX.

A few chal­lenges came with the project:

  • The new ter­mi­nal would require a high­ly durable, hur­ri­cane-resis­tant design, able to with­stand harsh storms and dis­as­ters.
  • 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 hot-humid Texas cli­mate makes it a chal­lenge 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.

Simpler Solutions, Stronger Construction

The design team with RS&H found an inte­grat­ed, hur­ri­cane-resis­tant, ener­gy-effi­cient solu­tion for Nue­ces Coun­ty by build­ing with the Bau­tex wall sys­tem.

The Bau­tex wall sys­tem is, at its core, a struc­tur­al con­crete design which 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 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 con­struc­tion crew has already stacked and poured the walls for the facil­i­ty and fin­ish­es are being applied to the struc­ture. The gen­er­al con­trac­tor only had to mobi­lize one sub­con­trac­tor to get the walls com­plete­ly built, sav­ing the client 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.

Stay up to date on this project and learn more about the faster, sim­pler con­struc­tion solu­tion of the Bau­tex wall sys­tem by click­ing here.