After a spring and summer of dealing with heavy rains, Ramtech is progressing with all of the site improvements and foundation preparation for the new residential reintegration facility for Lifestyle Management Inc. of Edmond, Oklahoma. The 31,752 square foot project, which will accommodate up to 296 clients, is being built using Ramtech’s Accelerated Building System permanent modular construction method. Known as the Dallas Transitional Center, the modular building project is located 12 miles south of downtown Dallas on a ten acre portion of an existing 57 acre site owned by Dallas County. The new building will replace Lifestyle’s current 225-bed halfway house with 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 is also responsible for the full site development of the four acres required to accommodate the residential reintegration facility, 40 parking spaces, two basketball courts, and two covered pavilions.
In June of this year, Ramtech Leasing Ltd sold its final asset; a 10,500SF office on 4.55 acres in north Fort Worth that has been home to the National Weather Service’s Forecast Office for all of north central Texas. The National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) entered into a ten year lease including a ten year option period with Ramtech in 1993. In 2014 a fifteen year lease renewal was successfully negotiated with the GSA (retroactive to 2013). With the property and building generating income through 2028 from a tenant that is highly unlikely to relocate, the property became very attractive to investors and sold within 75 days after being placed on the market.
Much has been made recently about the virtues of permanent modular construction (PMC), and rightfully so. This is nothing new to Ramtech. Over our 33 year history Ramtech has been an industry advocate through our successful execution of PMC projects throughout the southwest. NOAA’s Fort Worth WFO is a great example. The building was constructed using (12) type V conventional wood framed modules placed atop a poured concrete spread footing foundation. The building’s exterior cladding is 100% masonry with a low-slope single ply membrane roof. Over its first 21-years the building had nothing more than routine maintenance performed. In late 2014 in conjunction with the lease renewal, Ramtech undertook a capital improvement of the property consisting of new paint, carpeting, roofing material and HVAC equipment. A 22 year life cycle on these building components is outstanding regardless the type of construction utilized for the building.
When it comes to office, educational or healthcare space, PMC can truly stand shoulder to shoulder with any form of conventional construction. The fact that this particular building will likely be generating income for its owners over 35 plus years, attests to the longevity of PMC, which has been a question with this form of construction. New buildings utilizing PMC that are constructed to applicable model codes set atop an appropriately designed foundation are real buildings that generate significant real ROI. If you’re intrigued by PMC and would like to explore the options PMC offers for your next building project, please contact Ramtech where a helpful sales representative will listen to your needs and work with our team to develop workable plans that meet your schedule and budget.
Ramtech has announced that the company has moved to the construction phase on the new $7.2 million high school building for the Randolph Independent School District. The two-stage design-build contract calls for Ramtech to provide complete turnkey services to the district including the site development, manufacturing, and installation for a 43,917 square foot two-story facility using Ramtech’s Accelerated Building System slab-on-grade permanent modular construction approach. The design of the structure will provide space for 23 classrooms, an eighth grade science center, two computer labs, two student commons, and an administrative area with a counseling suite and nurses station. The facility will also include four high school level labs for physics, biology, chemistry, and environmental science all situated around a common central preparation area. The building’s exterior design calls for a combination of brick, split-face concrete block, and high profile architectural metal designed to complement the finishes of the existing campus. To make way for the new modular school building the school district demolished two existing structures which were removed during the spring of this year. Ramtech is scheduled to start the site mobilization process at the beginning of September, and will commence with the manufacturing of the modular building sections in October to accommodate a project completion by the end of May of next year. The Randolph Field ISD serves the children of military personnel at Randolph Air Force Base, part of the Joint Base San Antonio System. It is one of three school districts in Texas whose boundaries all fall within a military installation, the others being Lackland AFB and Fort Sam Houston. Prior to awarding the design-build contract to Ramtech, the school district worked with Gallagher Construction to develop the district’s master plan and to facilitate the RFP and contract negotiations for the project.
Ramtech has completed the work on four new modular buildings placed at the site of the temporary school campus established by the Van (TX) Independent School District in the wake of the damage incurred from the tornado that went through the city on May 10. The modular school buildings were configured as portable restrooms, and will be used by the district’s second and third grade students who will be relocated from the damaged J.E Rhodes elementary school to the temporary school site at the front section of property at Van Middle School. Working together with Eubanks Harris Roberts Craig Architects, each one of the 12′ X 34′ buildings were designed to include boys and girls restrooms with age-appropriate child height toilets. Purchased through the Texas Association of School Board’s Buyboard purchasing co-op, the buildings have standard R-panel siding on the exterior and fiberglass reinforced plastic panels on the interior walls. Ramtech’s scope of work also included the installation of the decks, ramps, and landings. The EF3 tornado caused over $40 million in damage which included two of Van ISD’s schools, the administration building, and the maintenance and transportation centers. To be able to start school on time in August, the district received portable classroom buildings that were donated from the Tyler Independent School District. Tyler ISD’s current superintendent is Dr. Marty Crawford, who in 2013, led the West Independent School District through their rebuilding effort after the devastating fertilizer plant explosion in the city of West.
Ramtech has added the Redwater (TX) Independent School District’s new 18,348 square foot middle school facility to our featured list of permanent modular school building projects. The $2.7 million development required demolishing the School District’s old seven classroom middle school facility and replacing it with a new state of the art facility that could accommodate 350-400 students. The new building was constructed using our Accelerated Building System, a permanent modular construction process which incorporates a prefabricated modular building with a conventional five inch poured-in-place concrete slab that serves as the building’s structural floor. The structure was designed and built to provide 13 standard classrooms, three large instructional spaces with dedicated storage areas, a teachers work/break room, two student restroom groupings, faculty toilets, and a central corridor with 300 lockers. The modular school building incorporates a full masonry exterior with rigid panel steel roofing and extensive window glazing. The project also required full site development including the extension and connection of utilities, rerouting of an existing bus lane, building up the surrounding site elevation, and providing for sidewalks and canopies to connect with the existing structures.
As part of Ramtech’s effort to educate the public on our modular school building product offerings while also providing an enhanced user experience, our flagship education website RamtechEducation.com was recently relaunched after a complete redesign. The new site showcases our wide range of modular building options for facility additions and expansions available for public and private schools throughout the Southwest. The redesign incorporates separate sections which highlight Ramtech’s three distinct building systems for relocatable modular buildings, permanent modular construction, and prefabricated construction featuring our Accelerated Building System slab-on-grade method. Each section details how we construct the three building types, the specific benefits (including sustainability) they provide, and the facility types available with each building system. We have also provided an updated photo gallery of past projects, and provided easier navigation to the wide range of standard and custom floor plans we have available using each construction method. The new website also includes additional project videos, and better integration with our social media sites. Ramtech will take this same approach to our other sites which we plan to have redesigned and updated prior to the end of summer.
The Modular Building Institute awarded our Linc Moss with the organization’s prestigious Hall Of Fame Award at the industry trade association’s 2015 World of Modular annual tradeshow and conference held recently at the Bellagio Las Vegas Resort. Linc received the award from Mike Slataper, who also was a MBI Hall of Fame recipient back in 2010 and made the trip out to Las Vegas to make the special presentation. The MBI’s Hall Of Fame Award is the Association’s highest honor and is given out annually in recognition of those whose careers have been dedicated to improving and promoting the modular building industry, or whose acts have had a significant impact on the careers of others. The criteria for induction includes a minimum of 30 years in the industry with exemplary corporate citizenship through service to others, as well as helping to advance the industry in the areas of product design, financial management, marketing, production methods and efficiency or other areas that have added significantly to the industries competitiveness and success. (more…)
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.