Nueces County Airport

An airport terminal with a highly durable, hurricane-resistant design.

The Opportunity

The engineer drove the spec on this project, and then the architect got on board. Chris Leonard: It came down to sim­pli­fy­ing the struc­tur­al design to meet the wind zone require­ments and have a wall system that would be energy code compliant. The original design would have been a com­pli­cat­ed mix of CMU and struc­tur­al steel. Multiple trades,
multiple systems, longer lead times and schedules. As much as people think it was overly complex and difficult with the engi­neer­ing design (pilaster, beams, etc…) on the Bautex wall, it would have been more complex and taken longer to do with tra­di­tion­al means and methods.

Key Designs and Features

• A durable and sus­tain­able structure for years to come.

• A structure in this hot-humid Texas climate to keep both building occupants com­fort­able, and energy costs low.

• A struc­tur­al concrete design that stands up to high winds and debris impact.

• A strong solution to achieve energy code requirements.

• Highly energy-efficient walls won’t dete­ri­o­rate over time.


The team at Bautex worked with the architect, engineer and general con­trac­tor to ensure a suc­cess­ful design and build using the Bautex Wall System. The general con­trac­tor only had to utilize one sub­con­trac­tor to get the walls completed, saving the county time, money and headaches. The design team only had to detail one system to achieve
the struc­tur­al, safety and effi­cien­cy demands of this project, saving time and reducing chances for errors. While the benefits of using Bautex will be seen for years to come for the owner, the real value comes in sim­pli­fy­ing and accel­er­at­ing the design and con­struc­tion processes.

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By choosing Bautex, the designers were also able to simplify the design of the insu­la­tion and enclosure system for the airport terminal. The insu­la­tion and thermal mass of the Bautex system work together to deliver highly energy-efficient walls that won’t dete­ri­o­rate over time. This per­for­mance will result in year-over-year operating saving for the county and exceeds the 2015 IECC code require­ments for mass wall systems by 250%.

Project Info

Project Name: Nueces County Airport
Nueces County Texas
Building Type:
Aviation Terminal — Airport
Building SF:

Project Team

Owner: Nueces County Public Works
Archi­tects: RSandH
General Con­trac­tor: BLS Con­struc­tion
Struc­tur­al Engineer: RS&H
Bautex Wall System Engineer: M&S Engi­neer­ing
Bautex Block Installer: R&R Masonry