On Aug. 22, 2019, representatives from Bautex Systems and Masa Studio Architects led a tour of Gracewood’s new community center.


On Aug. 22, 2019, Bautex Systems’ Chris Leonard, Paul Brown and Gretchen Kliafas with Emily Ledbetter, project manager from Masa Studio Architects, were joined by more than 50 architects, engineers, general contractors and community leaders for a tour of Gracewood’s new community center. The new, 15,000 sq. ft. community center is one of the most flood and wind resistant buildings currently under construction in Harris County.


Tour attendees learned that the Gracewood Community Center will be rated for wind speeds greater than 150mph, fire-rated up to four hours, and resistant to mold/mildew. It will exceed FEMA standards for storm protection and exceeds energy efficiency building codes, making a quiet, comfortable and cool indoor environment superior to traditional construction methods.

The hard hat tour introduced the Houston community and Bautex’s peers in design, engineering and construction to industry-changing building technology that is making buildings more comfortable, safe and efficient. Bautex Wall Systems are the best solution for building hurricane and flood resistant commercial and residential buildings on the Texas Gulf Coast. This is the first building of its kind on the Gracewood campus.

Once complete, the new 15,000 square foot Community Center will give residents and a staff a gathering place for weekly programs; seating for 100 people; an on-site location for events such as Gracewood’s graduation; and classes for Gracewood parents, as well as reimagined administrative office space for Gracewood’s employees.

Attending Architects from the RSVP List:

Eubanks Group Architects

MASA Studio Architects

Heights Venture Architect/Design


Energy Architecture: Technical Building Solutions

Newberry Architecture

MG Architects

PGAL: Architecture, Engineering, Interiors, Planning

 Clerkley Watkins Group

LKB Architecture

Kirksey Architecture

García + Associates Architecture


Prozign Architects

Albarran Architects

Slattery Tackett Architects