RGV Credit Union: Interview with RGV Alliance’s Jesse Gonzalez

RGV Alliance, a pre­mier con­struc­tion installer locat­ed in Edin­burg, Texas, was intro­duced to Bau­tex Sys­tems through mutu­al part­ners a few years ago. Ear­li­er this year, when RGV Cred­it Union and TGS Archi­tects, Inc. decid­ed to use Bau­tex Wall Sys­tem in the Har­lin­gen bank’s ren­o­va­tion project, RGV Alliance’s team once again con­duct­ed a hands-on train­ing and wall build demo with Bautex’s Duane Hol­loway.

The Bau­tex Wall System’s ver­sa­til­i­ty and ease of instal­la­tion allowed us to meet the project work sched­ule,” said Jesse Gon­za­lez, Part­ner of RGV Alliance Con­struc­tion. The Bau­tex Blocks also go up quick­er than tra­di­tion­al con­crete block.” Gon­za­lez says that the train­ing he and his team received was infor­ma­tive and ensured that RGV Cred­it Union’s walls went up quick­ly and eas­i­ly. Gonzalez’s team is busy on four projects at Texas A&M Uni­ver­si­ty; an aca­d­e­m­ic facil­i­ty at the UTRGV-Brownsville cam­pus; STC in McAllen and Wes­la­co; and the expan­sion and ren­o­va­tion tak­ing place at La Plaza Mall in McAllen.

In August 2016, the RGV Cred­it Union project gained the atten­tion of archi­tects and con­struc­tion lead­ers through­out the Rio Grande Val­ley when Bau­tex host­ed a Hard Hat Tour in con­junc­tion with the local chap­ter of the Amer­i­can Insti­tute of Archi­tects (AIA). The tour high­light­ed how the new build­ing enve­lope using Bau­tex Block will ensure the RGV Cred­it Union build­ing will meet and exceed the newest build­ing codes for ener­gy effi­cien­cy (IECC 2015), which go into effect in Texas in Novem­ber 2016. New codes require high­er lev­els of con­tin­u­ous insu­la­tion to reduce the amount of ther­mal bridg­ing that can cause build­ing tem­per­a­tures to fluc­tu­ate, mak­ing HVAC sys­tems work hard­er.