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Bautex Project Updates: Texas Parks and Wildlife CCA Marine Development Center

About the CCA Marine Development Center: Designing for a Challenging Environment

The CCA Marine Devel­op­ment Cen­ter in Cor­pus Christi hous­es the first state oper­at­ed hatch­ery and vis­i­tor cen­ter and is con­sid­ered one of the best kept secrets in Texas.”

The cen­ter pro­duces red drum and spot­ted seatrout for stock enhance­ment in the Texas Bay area and offers tours to vis­i­tors from around the world. When Atkins Glob­al was tasked with build­ing a new hatch­ery, design­ers knew there would be sev­er­al con­struc­tion chal­lenges for the project.

The new hatch­ery would be used to house large sea­wa­ter-filled lar­val cul­ture tanks. Because of the sea­wa­ter, the indoor envi­ron­ment would be harsh and cor­ro­sive, so one of the design require­ments was to have no exposed met­al in the walls or roof.

Addi­tion­al­ly, the hatchery’s loca­tion on the Texas coast pre­sent­ed anoth­er chal­lenge to the design team: wind­storm pro­tec­tion. Because of the impact from storms over the last few years, designs built to with­stand high winds and debris impact from hur­ri­canes and trop­i­cal storms is in high demand in the region.

Cost-Effective Solutions for Coastal Structures

To meet the new center’s mul­ti­ple design chal­lenges, Atkins Glob­al called on Bau­tex. Bau­tex pro­vid­ed a sim­ple, fast and cost-effec­tive sys­tem to meet the facility’s wind­storm, cor­ro­sion-resis­tance and effi­cien­cy demands.

Con­crete walls are a log­i­cal choice for design, but the cost of insu­lat­ed sand­wich pan­els exceed­ed the project’s bud­get. The Bau­tex Block pro­vid­ed the Cen­ter an inte­grat­ed solu­tion: the struc­ture, insu­la­tion, and enclo­sure act as a sin­gle prod­uct and are installed by a sin­gle trade. It pro­vides all the ben­e­fits and per­for­mance of much high­er-cost­ing sys­tems at a tra­di­tion­al build­ing sys­tem cost, sav­ing the project mon­ey.

Hav­ing stood strong against Hur­ri­cane Har­vey last year, the Bau­tex Wall Sys­tem had the proven strength to with­stand high winds and the test­ed dura­bil­i­ty to with­stand debris impact. The Bau­tex walls on the hatch­ery will give the struc­ture decades of strength and pro­tec­tion against wind­storm events.

The system’s insu­la­tion and ther­mal mass work togeth­er to deliv­er high­ly ener­gy-effi­cient walls that will not dete­ri­o­rate over time. Unlike tra­di­tion­al insu­lat­ing prod­ucts that per­form dif­fer­ent­ly depend­ing on the area’s cli­mate and degrade over time, the insu­la­tion is encap­su­lat­ed in the block. This ensures decades of high-ther­mal per­for­mance, even in the hot-humid Cor­pus Christi cli­mate.

A Construction Solution That Saves Money and Time

In ear­ly April, crews start­ed stack­ing Bau­tex Block for the Cen­ter in Cor­pus Christi. The com­plete wall assem­bly will be done in May. This allows the hol­low core plank roof sys­tem to be installed right away, short­en­ing the over­all sched­ule of the project.

Not only will the walls go up quick­ly, but the inte­gra­tion of oth­er struc­tur­al com­po­nents and roof assem­blies is sim­ple with Bau­tex walls. The tech­ni­cal ser­vices team at Bau­tex worked with the archi­tect, engi­neer, and oth­er man­u­fac­tur­ers to devel­op the right con­nec­tion details.

The chal­lenges faced by the design team could have been met with more expen­sive and com­pli­cat­ed wall sys­tems, along with mul­ti­ple trades and com­po­nents, how­ev­er, the Bau­tex Wall Sys­tem was the ide­al solu­tion for the Marine Devel­op­ment Cen­ter, sav­ing the project mon­ey and time.

For updates on this project, and to get more infor­ma­tion on how Bau­tex can be the faster, sim­pler solu­tion to your next project, vis­it bau​texsys​tems​.com.