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.