Rio Grande Valley Credit Union

Energy Efficient & Resilient Bank Headquarters Expansion

The Opportunity

Rio Grande Valley Credit Union purchased an existing bank building in Harlingen, Texas to renovate and expand for use as the company’s primary head­quar­ters location. Missy Morrow, CEO of RGV Credit Union, was primarily inter­est­ed in long-term dura­bil­i­ty and occupant safety given the climate and hurricane threat that exists in Harlingen.

In the ever more com­pet­i­tive field of banking she also wanted a building was extremely com­fort­able to both customers and employees.


Key Design Features

The project team was on a fast schedule given the nature of the business and the owner’s desire to open for business quickly with minimal inter­rup­tion for customers. The existing 2,950 square foot building was con­struct­ed of concrete masonry units (CMU), brick and stucco.

The 2,750 square foot addition was con­struct­ed using the Bautex Wall System for all exterior walls. Wall heights in the Bautex portion of the project varied from 14 to 18 feet tall.

Troy Pelias of the archi­tec­tur­al firm TGS Archi­tects of Dallas specified the Bautex Wall System based on its ability to meet the owner’s require­ments for the project. The wall system also con­tributes to lower energy bills and main­te­nance costs in the long-term for the owners.


Long-Term Dura­bil­i­ty
Solid cavity-less insulated concrete walls will not degrade over time in this hot-humid inland coastal environment.

Energy Effi­cien­cy
Con­tin­u­ous insu­la­tion, thermal mass, and tighter building envelope resulting in long-term energy savings.

Occupant Safety
FEMA hurricane and tornado-rated, suc­cess­ful­ly tested to withstand debris impact speeds of more than 100 miles per hour, providing critical protection.

Speed of Con­struc­tion
Bautex walls on the addition were installed and poured in just over a week which sig­nif­i­cant­ly accel­er­at­ed the con­struc­tion schedule and move-in date.



Once con­struc­tion started, The Bautex walls were completed in just over a week. This allowed the project to move quickly to install the safe, roof and exterior finishes in just three weeks. The Rio Grande Valley Credit Union building is also now quieter, more energy efficient and fire resistant. The archi­tects also appre­ci­at­ed that with Bautex, they didn’t have to redesign the walls to meet the latest building codes.

Project Info

Project Name: Rio Grande Valley Credit Union
: Harlingen, Texas
Building Type
: Bank Branch and Offices
: 1
Building SF
: 2,950 Ren­o­va­tion and 2,750 Addition
: 2016

Project Team

Owner: Rio Grande Valley Credit Union
General Con­trac­tor: PhaseOne Design Builders, LP
Bautex Installer: RGV Alliance Con­struc­tion, LLC
Architect: TGS Archi­tects, Inc.
Struc­tur­al Engineer: Click Engi­neer­ing