Bautex Featured Project

Rio Grande Valley Credit Union

Expanding a Bank Branch Headquarters Building


Rio Grande Valley Credit Union

  • Long Term Durability and Resiliency
  • Energy Efficiency
  • Occupant Safety
  • Speed of Construction

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.


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

Location: Harlingen, Texas

Building Type: Bank Branch and Offices

Stories: 1

Building SF: 2,950 Renovation 2,750 Addition

Completed: 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


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.

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