Commercial

Bella Colinas Retail

Cost-Effective and Durable Construction for Retail Developer

The Opportunity

KPG Com­mer­cial is a com­mer­cial real estate devel­op­ment firm based in Austin, Texas focused on office, med­ical, retail, mul­ti-fam­i­ly and oth­er unique ven­tures com­mer­cial prop­er­ties. They typ­i­cal­ly hold own­er­ship posi­tions in all of its devel­op­ment projects, so speed and cost of con­struc­tion, ease of main­te­nance, and long-term dura­bil­i­ty are all impor­tant design con­sid­er­a­tions.

Key Design Features

Noack-Lit­tle Archi­tects and Neel Mor­ton Office of Archi­tec­ture select­ed the Bau­tex Wall Sys­tem for this spec­u­la­tive retail build­ing to give KPG a more durable and easy to main­tain struc­ture than met­al fram­ing, but one that was more cost-effec­tive than con­crete block or con­crete tilt pan­el. While the con­crete and con­crete block sys­tems are quite durable, ener­gy codes demand addi­tion­al insu­la­tion be installed which adds cost and com­plex­i­ty to the project. The Bau­tex sys­tem was able to meet the ener­gy code require­ments with­out addi­tion­al work or mate­ri­als.

Being a spec­u­la­tive build­ing, the inte­ri­or fin­ish­es were not com­plet­ed dur­ing ini­tial shell con­struc­tion as is com­mon in the indus­try. How­ev­er, fire code required that sheetrock or anoth­er igni­tion bar­ri­er be installed over any flam­ma­ble insu­la­tion attached to the inside of the struc­ture. Unlike the case for con­crete block or con­crete tilt pan­el con­struc­tion, the Bau­tex Wall Sys­tem was exempt from this require­ment as the insu­la­tion is inte­gral to the block which is fire rat­ed. This allowed KPG to leave the inte­ri­or of the build­ing unfin­ished until they were ready to make accom­mo­da­tions for their new ten­ants.

Results

Construction Cost Savings
The all-in-one Bau­tex Wall Sys­tem proved to be more cost effec­tive than con­crete tilt pan­el with inte­ri­or framed and insu­lat­ed walls, sav­ing the own­er time and mon­ey.

Durable Construction
The Bau­tex option gave the devel­op­er the dura­bil­i­ty of con­crete or mason­ry wall sys­tems with­out hav­ing to com­pro­mise with less durable light fram­ing.

Low Maintenance Costs
Sol­id, durable and well insu­lat­ed and pro­tect­ed walls with abuse resis­tant fin­ish­es sub­stan­tial­ly reduce the cost of ongo­ing main­te­nance and repairs.

Fire-rated Wall System
Choos­ing Bau­tex helped meet new more strin­gent ener­gy codes while avoid­ing issues with new fire code require­ments for spec­u­la­tive shell build­ings.

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Conclusion

KPG Com­mer­cial val­ues the effi­cien­cy and qual­i­ty of their build­ings because of their strat­e­gy to main­tain own­er­ship posi­tions in these assets. While the ener­gy effi­cien­cy, safe­ty, com­fort, and health­i­ness of the build­ing were strong sell­ing points for prospec­tive ten­ants, the selec­tion of Bau­tex for this project direct­ly ben­e­fit­ed the own­er. Not only is this build­ing cost-effec­tive to con­struct, it will be eas­i­er to main­tain, and will main­tain its val­ue very well rel­a­tive to many oth­er build­ings in the area.

Project Info

Project Name: Bel­la Col­i­nas Retail
Location: Bee Cave, Texas
Building Type
: Spec­u­la­tive Retail Space
Stories: 1 
Building SF
: 10,000
Completed: 2017

Project Team

Owner: KPG Com­mer­cial
Architects: Noack-Lit­tle Archi­tects, Neel Mor­ton Office of Archi­tec­ture
Structural Engineer: Dun­away Asso­ciates
Bautex Wall System Engineer: M&S Engi­neer­ing
General Contractor: Austin Canyon Cor­po­ra­tion
Bautex Block Installer: White­tail Con­struc­tion, Inc.
Bautex AMB Installer: Weath­er­Tex Water­proof­ing
Bautex Stucco Installer: Steve Hamp­ton Plas­ter­ing Co.