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.