At the end of last year Ramtech was proud to sponsor an Innovative Teaching Grant for the Mansfield Independent School District Education Foundation. The grant will support a program developed by a group of Mansfield ISD intermediate school librarians titled “Make Your Mark in Mansfield Intermediate Libraries: Inspire, Imagine, Investigate, Innovate.” The $4,500 grant will be used to purchase hardware, software, tools and equipment to support the intermediate school’s STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) programs. Specifically, the plan calls for developing a “Makerspace” area in the libraries of the district’s six intermediate school campuses where students can come together to investigate, collaborate, and create in a unique community section of each facility. Individual projects will be guided by the school librarians through inquiry-style learning encouraging students to use a collaborative approach in order to build and create by making connections to what they have learned in the classroom and applying it to the real world.
For several years Ramtech and its employees have made personal and financial contributions to several local organizations and charities in the Mansfield area. Agencies such as Meals on Wheels, Special Olympics, Kiwanis, Habitat for Humanity, Mansfield Cares, and Common Ground are just a few of the outstanding organizations that Ramtech has had the privilege of working with. Ramtech has been a corporate sponsor of the Mansfield ISD Education Foundation since its inception, and both Mike Slataper and Linc Moss have served on the foundation’s board of directors. More information on the MISDEF can be found on the foundation’s website at www.mansfieldisdfoundation.org.
Ramtech was able to get out to Blue Ridge over the holiday and photograph the $1.51 million modular church building we designed and built for First United Methodist Church. Built using our traditional wood-framed permanent modular construction approach, the 10,250 square foot L-shaped facility was recently installed on the Church’s 20-acre site providing them space for a worship center, three offices, eight adult and children’s classrooms, and a daycare center. The church plans to sell their previous facility and property while using the new facility for an interim period until a separate sanctuary and chapel are built adjacent to the modular building. As the general contractor for the project, Ramtech managed all of the site preparation for the new building and parking lot, including the extension and connection of the utilities and the installation of a pad-on-grade foundation. A HardiePanel embossed stucco siding with an elastomeric paint finish was used for the exterior, while the interior was finished with vinyl covered gypsum wall coverings, commercial grade carpet and vinyl composition tile flooring, and a lay-in tile ceiling in the classroom and office areas. The worship area, which also serves the church as a fellowship hall, incorporates a vaulted ceiling with exposed architectural ductwork all painted flat black. Ramtech also provided all of the wood steps, ramps, and landings for the building.
Ramtech is now featuring as part of our project portfolio the $1.5 million eight-classroom facility we recently completed for the Melissa (TX) Independent School District. Built using our traditional wood-framed permanent modular construction approach, the 9,018 square foot project is located in the middle school area of the District’s combined campus. The parapet wall design of the building incorporates a full masonry exterior which complements the look of the school’s existing structures while also providing screening of the roof mounted HVAC units. Ramtech constructed the building with a grade level appearance which allowed for sidewalks and a covered walkway leading to the adjacent building. The interior of the facility includes commercial grade carpeting throughout the building, and each classroom incorporates a black painted accent wall for featuring student work and achievements. Ramtech was also responsible for all of the site work on the project including the extension and connection of the utilities. The manufacturing of the modular school building and site preparation began in late May and the project was finished in the early Fall.
Ramtech is now well underway with the site development work in preparation for the installation of the new high school facility for Randolph Field ISD. The design-build contract calls for us to provide complete turnkey services to the district for a 47,448 square foot two-story facility using our Accelerated Building System (ABS) prefabricated construction method. To make way for the new $7.3 million building, the school district demolished two existing structures which were removed during the spring of this year. The design of the new structure will provide space for 23 classrooms, an eighth grade science center, two computer labs, two student commons, and an administrative area with offices, counseling suite, and a nurse station. The facility will also include four labs for physics, biology, chemistry, and environmental science all situated around a common central preparation area with chemical storage capability. The building’s exterior design calls for masonry on the first floor and a high profile custom-colored architectural metal siding in horizontal and vertical orientations designed to highlight the building entrances and complement the finishes of the existing campus structures. High-efficiency gas-fired rooftop HVAC units will provide heating and cooling on the second floor of the building, with zoned electrical HVAC units for the first floor. Ramtech began the manufacturing of the building in the middle of November and we expect to begin setting the prefabricated sections during the first week of February. The current schedule calls for the project to be complete by the end of July. Once the new building is operational, the district plans to demolish the current high school structure.
Ramtech recently completed a 13,440 square foot classroom building at the Junior High campus of Ferris (TX) Independent School District. Built using our traditional permanent modular construction process, the new 12 classroom facility includes a fully equipped science lab and administrative office space. The building has a full masonry exterior to blend in with the existing campus structure, and wall-mounted HVAC units to provide efficient heating and cooling to each room. Ramtech was also responsible for all of the site development work including the extension and connection of utilities. (more…)
Ramtech was pleased to host a tour of RMD’s manufacturing plant for the attendees of the Modular Building Institute’s Dallas Modular Construction Summit held on November 4th at the Hyatt Regency Dallas hotel and conference center. Ramtech’s Mike Slataper, Linc Moss, Roland Brown, and Gary White fielded questions and provided attendees with a perspective on how we approach the manufacturing of relocatable and permanent modular buildings as design-build construction company. Prior to the attendees arriving by bus at our Mansfield headquarters, Linc Moss gave a presentation on project delivery methods and the pros and cons of using them for modular construction. Linc also provided an in-depth discussion of the Texas rules and regulations on the design-build project delivery system and how Ramtech approaches it. The event, open to both MBI members and the general public, drew a diverse audience that heard from industry experts about the latest trends, techniques, and benefits of offsite construction.
Ramtech is now moving quickly through the building finish-out phase for the new Dallas Transitional Center residential reintegration facility for Lifestyle Management Inc. of Edmond, Oklahoma. The brick wainscot and caps have been applied to the building exterior and interior painting has begun. Electrical crews have completed wiring from the main distribution panel to the interior sub-panels and the plumbing contractor has begun installation of several showers and other fixtures. Ramtech is currently pushing for a December finish on the 31,752 square foot project located on a ten acre portion of an existing Dallas County-owned 57 acre site 12 miles south of downtown Dallas. When complete, the building will accommodate up to 296 clients in a facility that includes four 50-man dorms, three 24-man dorms, one 24-woman dorm, two classrooms, a full commercial kitchen, and administrative office space.
Ramtech has hired commercial MEP design veteran Robert Frick who will join the company’s engineering group as Mechanical, Electrical, Plumbing Design Manager. This marks Robert’s return to Ramtech after 18 years working as an MEP consultant including his most recent position as Vice President and Director of the Education Division for Image Engineering Group of Grapevine, Texas. In his role at IEG, Robert directed multiple project teams and coordinated all aspects of MEP design including facility assessments, schematic design planning, design development, and construction documentation and administration. Robert rejoins Ramtech at a pivotal time for us as we continue to grow both our traditional permanent modular construction and Accelerated Building System (ABS) prefabricated building process. Robert brings a wealth of experience back to our engineering group, including a broad technical knowledge of sustainable MEP design which will help take us to the next level in developing larger and more sophisticated permanent modular construction projects. (more…)
Ramtech is now hitting all cylinders after setting the last 14 modules on Wednesday of last week for the new Dallas Transitional Center residential reintegration facility for Lifestyle Management Inc. of Edmond, Oklahoma. After pouring the final section of the engineered concrete slab foundation seven days prior to the final set, Ramtech was able to finish the building set in under seven hours and weather-in the rest of the structure. With the heavy spring rains causing site development delays all around the North Texas region, the speed of permanent modular construction using Ramtech’s Accelerated Building System has been essential in getting the project back on schedule by having the entire structure built and ready for installation as soon as the concrete slab was prepared. Even before the last modules were put in place, the plumbing manifolds, electrical and HVAC ductwork crossovers, fire sprinkler system, and secondary water barrier installations were already well underway. Ramtech is currently on schedule for a December finish on the four fully developed acres that house the 31,752 square foot project.
The speed of permanent modular construction using Ramtech’s Accelerated Building System is on full display as Ramtech began setting the first of 37 modules last week for the new Dallas Transitional Center residential reintegration facility for Lifestyle Management Inc. of Edmond, Oklahoma. To date 23 modular units have already been crane-set into place while the third and last concrete section for the final 14 modules is readied. The plumbing, fire sprinkler pipes, and secondary water barrier installation have also begun on the 31,752 square foot project, located 12 miles south of downtown Dallas on a ten acre portion of an existing 57 acre site owned by Dallas County. When complete, the building will accommodate up to 296 clients in a facility that includes four 50-man dorms, three 24-man dorms, one 24-woman dorm, two classrooms, a full commercial kitchen, and administrative office space. The modular building project includes four fully developed acres to accommodate the residential reintegration facility, 40 parking spaces, two basketball courts, and two covered pavilions.