Designed to withstand Gulf Coast storms with winds up to 250 mph, Sea Scout Base Galveston is the home of BaySmart, a youth STEM program. Recycled and regionally made materials increased the project’s sustainability. The first phase was to lift an existing single-story building off its foundation and set it atop a 13-foot Bautex wall to get it out of the flood surge zone. Phase two involved building a new five-story dormitory also using Bautex. The Bautex Wall System was used for the project because of its energy efficiency, fire protection, and noise reduction. Bautex is a mortarless, fully grouted, reinforced concrete block system—sort of like ICFs. For more information, go to www.bautexsystems.com.

Designed to withstand future Gulf Coast storms with winds up to 250 mph, Sea Scout Base Galveston (SSBG) provides students with an opportunity to learn in an aquatic environment with state-of-the-art technology. Using recycled and regionally made materials during construction demonstrates the project’s sustainability.

The first phase involved preservation of the SSBG’s office and operations center for vessels and waterfront activity. The building was lifted off its foundation and set it atop a 13-foot wall. Phase two involved the construction of a five-story dormitory made to withstand a Category 4 hurricane.

The Bautex Wall System was chosen by architect Randall-Porterfield for the project because of its energy efficiency, storm protection, fire protection, and noise reduction. The Bautex Block is a composite insulating concrete form (ICF) used to construct exterior and interior walls.

The objective of the $40 million project was to restore and expand the coastal facility with exceptional standards. Sustainability and consideration for the surrounding environment was a top priority for the entire construction of Sea Scout Base Galveston. SSBG had to incorporate state-of-the-art energy efficiency technology all while preserving the existing historical elements.

Many attributes demonstrate Sea Scout Base Galveston’s safety, efficiency and sustainability including advanced energy-saving features, use of low VOC paint to promote good indoor air quality, use of a 24,000 gallon rainwater collection system, use of solar panels, and the installation of a rooftop garden with native plants.

The developers are pursing Platinum LEED certification, which is the U.S. Green Building Council’s highest rating for building sustainability.

Sea Scout Base Galveston (SSBG) is the home of the Galveston Community Sailing Center, and BaySmart, a youth program promoting the exploration of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) topics in an aquatic environment. The base also provides nautical high adventure programs for Scouts in partnership with Bay Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America.