Q&A with San Antonio-based Architect Lee Imbimbo

Managing Principal of Michael Imbimbo Inc. shares insights on new building materials

How did you first learn about Bautex Block?

As a firm, we are always research­ing alter­na­tive build­ing prod­ucts. The mar­ket­place gen­er­ates so many new and mod­i­fied prod­ucts every year, it can be daunt­ing to keep up with them all. In our research into insu­lat­ed con­crete form (ICF) prod­ucts we were par­tic­u­lar­ly impressed with Bautex’s sys­tem. Giv­en the prod­ucts char­ac­ter­is­tics we feel that it is a good choice for many of our clien­tele. In par­tic­u­lar, when you con­sid­er both the demand­ing require­ments of short-term con­struc­tion time frames, and long term oper­a­tion of the build­ing, the Bau­tex sys­tem can pro­vide bet­ter results to most own­ers over con­ven­tion­al con­struc­tion sys­tems.

What made Bautex stand out?

Like con­ven­tion­al ICF’s you are ini­tial­ly drawn to the sys­tem by its sim­plic­i­ty. What makes Bau­tex par­tic­u­lar­ly impres­sive is that the design is more thor­ough­ly thought through. By reduc­ing the amount of con­crete, and uti­liz­ing a more robust block design, their par­tic­u­lar ICF is eas­i­er to assem­ble, more sta­ble dur­ing con­struc­tion, and deliv­ers a prod­uct with high­er ener­gy effi­cien­cy to help design­ers pro­duce more sound build­ings. The sim­plic­i­ty of the sys­tem makes this par­tic­u­lar prod­uct a cost-effec­tive solu­tion for design­ers, con­trac­tors, and own­ers. We are already uti­liz­ing Bautex’s sys­tem in sev­er­al of our projects for the com­ing year.

How are the insulation properties different from other buildings?

The most com­mon con­struc­tion sys­tems being uti­lized today always require mul­ti­ple trades to devel­op the core wall sys­tem. Typ­i­cal CMU and stud wall sys­tems require a well-coor­di­nat­ed con­struc­tion and design effort to put all the com­po­nents togeth­er in a uni­fied core wall sys­tem to deliv­er the desired results in build­ing per­for­mance. Bautex’s insu­lat­ed con­crete block sys­tem sim­pli­fies this process by bring­ing mul­ti­ple trades into one, and allows a design and con­struc­tion team to more eas­i­ly hit the per­for­mance tar­gets expect­ed of a build­ing.

About Michael Imbimbo, Inc.

Found­ed in 1999 with offices in San Anto­nio and Hous­ton, the design team at Michael Imbim­bo has a diverse range of project expe­ri­ence. With expe­ri­ence in res­i­den­tial, com­mer­cial, health­care, edu­ca­tion, and oth­er insti­tu­tion­al work they bring a com­bined expe­ri­ence of more than 150 years of design exper­tise. They pride them­selves on deliv­er­ing com­pre­hen­sive design ser­vices to their clients, and guid­ing the con­struc­tion process all the way through the devel­op­ment of the project.