Residential

Seeing is Believing: South Texas Professionals Find a Simpler, Faster, Better Way to Build

Con­struc­tion in the state of Texas is booming. Owners, archi­tects, engineers and general con­trac­tors are feeling the pressure of deliv­er­ing projects on time and within budget, while meeting more aggres­sive building codes and owner requirements.

The level of con­struc­tion activity in the state has driven up the cost of materials and driven down the available supply of labor and skilled trades, which makes it a real challenge to project budgets and schedules.

South Texas has not been immune to this problem, but for about four dozen San Antonio area building pro­fes­sion­als, things have become a lot simpler.

Simpler is Faster

One of the first comments that we heard from attendees of the April 25th Bautex Wall Build Demon­stra­tion was how fast the wall goes up: an 8 foot by 8 foot wall was installed in a matter of minutes. Duane Holloway, Con­struc­tion Support Manager for Bautex, makes the Bautex wall build look easy, but it’s clear that the Bautex Wall System is just simpler and faster no matter who is building the walls.

The main takeaway for many of the building pro­fes­sion­als listening to the pre­sen­ta­tion and watching the wall build demon­stra­tion, is the economy of steps required to construct a building with Bautex. In one system, the structure, enclosure, insu­la­tion and air and moisture pro­tec­tion are completed using a single trade.

Simpler is Better

Chris Leonard, Director of Oper­a­tions and Technical Services at Bautex, feels that making the design and con­struc­tion process simpler, faster and more cost effective are the primary benefits of the Bautex Wall system. However, there is value for everyone in using Bautex:

  • Archi­tects can design the complete building envelope in one inte­grat­ed system, making the project simpler and con­struc­tion more likely to be performed accu­rate­ly in the field.
  • Engineers are familiar and com­fort­able with the flex­i­bil­i­ty of designing with concrete: one of the most robust and durable ways to build.
  • Con­trac­tors benefit from faster con­struc­tion and a sim­pli­fied con­struc­tion schedule with one trade being respon­si­ble for the entire structure and wall envelope.
  • Owners save money, get in their building faster, and end up with a more valuable and longer-lasting asset.

Simpler, Faster, Better Construction

During the demon­stra­tion event in San Antonio, the benefits of the Bautex Wall System over con­ven­tion­al con­struc­tion really stood out for attendees. The most common wall assembly that came up for com­par­i­son was struc­tur­al steel with light-gauge metal framing. A typical assembly of this design includes five or six different materials that are installed by three or four separate trades.

The time and money saved by reducing the number of steps and elim­i­nat­ing some of the trades is sig­nif­i­cant. For owners, the finished project built with Bautex is superior to any type of light framing system, giving them a better invest­ment starting from day one.

One of our guests texted photos of the wall build demon­stra­tion to his home office saying, One guy built all this in 10 minutes while talking to us!” Par­tic­i­pants felt that the time spent at the demon­stra­tion was a great invest­ment. It’s difficult to fully appre­ci­ate the power and promise of the Bautex Wall System without being there while it is being con­struct­ed. Seeing truly is believing.

If you weren’t able to join us in San Antonio, please consider meeting us in Dallas on May 22 or in Fort Worth on May 23 to see the Bautex Wall System up close and hear more about how you can use our system in res­i­den­tial applications.