Ramtech’s upcoming commercial modular office building project for Cameron LNG, a liquefied natural gas processing facility located in the delta of southern Louisiana, will present some unique structural design challenges. These include resisting wind speeds of 150 mph, the potential of blast forces created by an accidental explosion, and the structurally weak soils that exist at the building location. The Louisiana delta was formed from sediment picked up by the flowing water along the Mississippi River’s path which is then deposited at the river’s end. These soils are loose silts which provide almost no structural strength, certainly not enough to support a modular building let alone the other heavy processing equipment that will exist at the site. This type of environment calls for foundations that are typically supported by piles that are drilled or driven into the ground instead of using spread footings which we use in most of the areas in which we do work. (more…)
To provide our customers with an up close and personal look at the features and benefits built into every Ramtech multiple classroom building, we recently installed a new four classroom facility adjacent to our corporate headquarters and manufacturing plant located in Mansfield, Texas. The modular school building contains finished and unfinished rooms to provide a complete view into how Ramtech designs, manufactures, and installs each of our facilities. Ranging in size from 4 to 16 classrooms, schools have a choice in how they can meet their facility requirements by using one of our standard floor plan designs or a customized version. As a full-service design-build construction company, this model building will help provide potential clients with a first-hand look at what can be done when using our approach to relocatable buildings and permanent modular construction.
We are pleased to announce that Gary Davenport has joined the Ramtech team as a Project Architect and Design Project Manager. Gary is one of the modular industries most respected Architects and is NCARB certified and registered in both TX and LA. He has relocated to Texas from the Atlanta area, where he was previously Vice President of Design and Construction for Spectrum Building Systems. In his new role, Gary will focus on our larger more sophisticated design-build projects, and will be the point man with owners and the respective permitting bodies during the design and permitting phase of specific projects. He will also provide sales support by being active in proposal development and sales presentations. Gary’s career started at Skidmore, Owings and Merrill in New York City, later becoming the Director of Architecture, Engineering and Quality Control at Kullman Industries, one of the industries most highly respected commercial modular companies in the northeast. He also served as Vice President of Architecture and Design for Space Master Building Systems, and as a principal at third party design review agency Modular Code Consultants. Gary has an Bachelor of Architecture degree from the New Jersey Institute of Technology, and is an active member of the AIA.
Ramtech announced that the Melissa (TX) ISD school board has approved a design-build agreement with us to proceed with providing preconstruction services for a 9,400 square foot modular school classroom building that would be located in the middle school area of the district’s combined campus. The eight classroom facility would be built using our traditional wood-framed permanent modular construction approach. Ramtech would also be responsible for all the site work and the extension and connection of the utilities. Current plans call for a full masonry exterior on a parapet wall design and roof mounted HVAC units. Manufacturing of the modular school buildings would begin in late May, with the project scheduled to be completed in the early Fall of 2015.
Located 35 miles northeast of Dallas, the city of Melissa is located in the area of Collin County that has one of the fastest-growing and dynamic areas of North Texas. Serving students primarily living within the city of Melissa, the Melissa Independent School District has seen explosive growth with enrollment increasing by over 200 students in the last six months. In making the presentation to the Melissa ISD, they saw that our traditional permanent modular construction was the approach could provide them with the kind of facility they wanted quickly and within their budget.
Ramtech has received approval on a design-build agreement with the Ferris (TX) ISD school board to proceed with providing preconstruction services for a 13,440 square foot middle school classroom building. The 12 classroom facility, including one fully equipped science lab, would be built using Ramtech’s traditional wood-framed permanent modular construction approach. Ramtech would also be responsible for all site work and the extension and connection of the utilities. Current plans call for a full masonry exterior and roof mounted HVAC units. Site work and manufacturing of the modular buildings would begin in March, with the project scheduled to be complete prior to the start of the 2015-2016 school year.
Located south of Dallas in Ferris, Texas, the Ferris ISD serves students from the city of Ferris as well as the community of Trumbull and other rural areas in northeastern Ellis County. The proposed project would allow the district to consolidate some facilities by moving students into the new modular school building.
Ramtech will return to exhibit again at the TASA Midwinter Conference in Austin, Texas. The conference, held annually at the Austin Convention Center, will run from January 25-28 with exhibitor hours on Monday and Tuesday. Ramtech has participated in the TASA conference for over 25 years, and this year will be represented in booth 1131 by Sabrina Queen and Jeff Ward who will showcase our relocatable modular buildings, traditional permanent modular construction, and Accelerated Building System prefabricated school construction products. The theme for the conference, Education = future, will feature Thought Leader sessions that focus on topics including school leadership, finance, human resource management, facility planning, and operations. The three general sessions will begin with keynote speakers Doug Christensen of Doane College, Texas Education Agency Commissioner Michael Williams, and Brendon Busteed from Gallup Education. The 2014 TASA Conference had an attendance of over 4,500, including 770 superintendents and other administrators from over 828 Texas School Districts. This year’s show is expected to draw more than 350 exhibitors from around the country.
Ramtech is pleased to announce the promotion of Jeff Ward to the position of Sales Manager. Jeff joined Ramtech in August 2010 as a Business Development Representative where he was tasked with expanding traditional modular building sales to both commercial contractors and federal government agencies. In his new role, Jeff will oversee the daily activities of the sales and telemarketing team while continuing to develop project opportunities in the commercial, education, and federal government markets. As a member of Ramtech’s marketing team, Jeff will contribute to identifying industry trends and helping us develop new markets for our design-build approach to relocatable modular buildings and permanent modular construction using our Accelerated Building System. Jeff will also represent Ramtech at all of the industry conferences that we attend or have a trade show booth exhibits.
Jeff began his career in the modular industry in 1997 as a sales representative for Palm Harbor Homes where he rose to sales manager and led a team of eight sales reps at the number one sales center in the company. After leaving Palm Harbor in 2001, Jeff transitioned to the commercial modular building business where he quickly developed a reputation for being able to successfully develop a broad range of relocatable and permanent modular building projects for federal government agencies including each branch of the U.S. Military. Jeff’s tenure on the commercial side of the industry has included positions in both business development as well as senior sales specialist roles. Originally from DeSoto, Texas, Jeff is a graduate of Texas State University-San Marcos and is currently a member of the Society of Military Engineers. Jeff and his family reside in Mansfield where he is active in the community’s Meals On Wheels of Tarrant County program.
Ramtech Building will be back exhibiting at the 2014 Texas Charter Schools Conference being held this month at the Westin Galleria on December 10-12 in Houston, Texas. The conference is expected to draw over 1,300 attendees from across the state, including administrators, board members, policy makers, and teachers interested in training, networking, sharing best practices and viewing the latest in industry-leading products and services. Ramtech will be represented in booth 123 by business development specialists Jeff Ward and Sabrina Queen who will be promoting our portable classrooms, relocatable and permanent modular school buildings, and modular construction capabilities. The exhibition will begin Wednesday afternoon at one o’clock in the exhibit hall, followed by the start of the general session with keynote speaker Dr. Adolf Brown, the Founder, President, and CEO of The Leadership & Learning Institute. (more…)
Ramtech announced this week that we reached an agreement with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) on a new 15 year lease (with ten years guaranteed) for the agency’s National Weather Service Weather Forecast Office that we built for them in Fort Worth back in 1993. Originally leased by NOAA for ten years with a ten-year option, the new gross lease includes janitorial, maintenance, and landscaping services along with covering emergency 24/7 response, casualty insurance, and taxes. Ramtech acted as the owner-developer on the project, while also designing and manufacturing the 10,500 square foot modular office building that sits on a fully fenced 4.55 acre site with 24-hour security. One of our most featured permanent modular construction projects over the years, the renewal of the building lease after 20 years of use is ample evidence that permanent modular buildings are just as durable and can achieve the same life spans as conventional site-built structures. (more…)
At the end of last month, ENR.com posted on their Marketropolis opinion blog a comprehensive list of 31 trends that A/E/C firms should be tracking which are impacting the construction industry. Compiled from an email discussion of construction industry experts and professionals, there was broad consensus on the growing adoption BIM, the continued evolution of sustainable and lean construction, and an inevitable move towards modular and prefab construction becoming the norm. The post cites the recognized benefits that modular construction brings including the greater control, increased safety, and reduced risk of factory construction, along with allowing for an expedited project delivery that clients are demanding. The whole post can be viewed here.