During their scheduled board meeting on February 24, 2014 the Redwater Independent School District’s Board of Trustees unanimously approved Ramtech’s lump sum proposal for the construction of a new 18,348 square foot middle school. The new modular school building will employ Ramtech’s Accelerated Building System, a permanent modular construction process which provides for a modular building that utilizes a poured-in-place five inch concrete slab as the building’s structural floor. The approval of the lump sum proposal now paves the way for the construction portion of the design-build project to begin.
Ramtech’s two-step approach to design-build construction provides for a fixed fee design that enables us to determine the actual construction costs. These costs are then presented to the school district in the form of a lump sum proposal. If the lump sum proposal is accepted, construction can begin. If they are rejected, then the district is only out the amount of the fixed design fee. This approach provides Texas ISD’s with a low-risk way to take advantage of one of the many benefits that design-build construction offers.
Redwater ISD’s $2.7 million project will provide them with a new state of the art facility that includes 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 building also features a full masonry exterior, rigid panel steel roofing, and extensive glazing. Construction is slated to begin the week of March 10, with a scheduled completion in September of this year.
Ramtech is once again set to submit multiple modular building entries into this year’s Awards of Distinction program at the annual Modular Building Institute World of Modular convention and trade show being held at the JW Marriott Hill Country Resort March 21-24 in San Antonio, Texas. Ramtech will look to add to our 18 previous Awards of Distinction winners by entering two modular construction projects in the Relocatable Modular Category where we have had a lot of previous success. Last year we won first place in the Education Over 10,000 sq. ft. category with the modular school campus we built for charter school operator KIPP Delta Public Schools in Blytheville, Arkansas. This year, we will enter in the same category the instructional and support facilities we built for the West (TX) ISD. The project serves as the District’s middle and high school campus which are temporarily replacing the permanent buildings that were destroyed by the massive fertilizer plant explosion on April 17 of last year. Located on the existing West Middle School site, the interim campus is part of the first phase of The Restore West ISD building program which comprises 28 separate structures including 17 new relocatable modular buildings that were designed, manufactured, and installed by Ramtech. The 69,776 square foot modular construction project includes three 10-classroom buildings, four computer and science labs, two locker room buildings, an administrative office, cafeteria, band hall, and a life skills building. (more…)
Ramtech is pleased to announce that Randy Van Zandt has been promoted to the position of Vice President of Construction. In his new role, Randy will be in charge of managing the day-to-day modular construction operations, all in-house construction personnel, and subcontractor relationships. He will also be responsible for developing the construction department budgets, and will work closely with our sales and estimating departments to insure that our client needs and expectations are being met. Randy will continue to report to Linc Moss, Ramtech’s President. (more…)
As a modular manufacturing and construction company, Ramtech’s customers often refer to our buildings as being prefabricated. When a customer was referring to one of our permanent modular buildings, that made sense. However, when they were referring to relocatable modular buildings, that was surprising. As I did some research by visiting various websites and blogs, the results were even more interesting. Many people feel that all residential and commercial modular buildings are outside the definition of prefabricated. They associated prefabricated with panelized wall sections, piping racks, or switchgear components that were manufactured inside a plant, delivered to the site, and became component parts of the building. Others felt that prefabricated merely referred to steel building systems. In either case, the impression was that virtually all the work is completed onsite. After giving this a lot of thought, and researching the websites of many different construction companies, I’ve come to the conclusion that there are many different meanings to what constitutes “prefabricated construction.” (more…)
Financial instruments known as Time Warrants have been available to Texas public schools since 1995, however their flexibility for use in construction projects was limited due to their $500,000 maximum loan amounts and terms that were restricted to no more than five years. Now that’s all changed, thanks to the efforts of Southlake, Texas-based Government Capital Corporation and the Texas Rural Education Association. Effective September 1, 2013 the legislature passed House Bill 2610 which dramatically improved the efficiencies of using Time Warrant financing by expanding the terms up to 15 years and increasing the maximum loan amounts to $1 million. This means that school districts that have a need for capital improvement projects can supplement their available cash balances with Time Warrant financing, eliminating the need to obtain additional voter approved bonds. (more…)
Ramtech has released a new video that highlights the recently completed modular construction of the instructional and support facilities for the West (TX) ISD’s replacement middle and high school campus. Narrated by Dr. Marty Crawford, the District’s superintendent of schools, the video highlights the modular school buildings that are located on the West Middle School site which was destroyed by the massive fertilizer plant explosion on April 17 of last year. The temporary campus is comprised of 28 separate structures including 17 new relocatable modular buildings that were designed, manufactured, and installed by Ramtech. The 69,776 square foot modular construction project includes three 10-classroom buildings, four computer and science labs, two locker room buildings, an administrative office, cafeteria, band hall, and a life skills building.
As Ramtech begins to see more and more projects that are requiring LEED certification and sophisticated sustainability requirements, we have begun the process of developing an informational guide around sustainable construction alternatives that can aid public school districts in their decision-making process when planning for permanent school expansions. Planned during the first quarter of 2014, Ramtech’s Green Benefits guide will help educate schools on the efficiencies of using sustainable construction techniques that can be realized through the use of permanent modular construction like Ramtech’s highly adaptable Accelerated Building System process. Recognized by the Modular Building Institute, the trade association that represents the commercial modular building industry in promoting permanent modular construction across a wide variety of industries for public, private, and institutional applications, the Green Benefits advantages provide for sustainability through:
Less material waste using pre-fabrication in order to make it possible to optimize construction material purchases while minimizing the on-site waste caused by weather related damages.
Less site disturbances since the modular structure is constructed simultaneously off-site while the foundation and other site work takes place, thereby reducing the time and impact on the surrounding site environment including reducing the number of vehicles and equipment needed.
The off-site construction which helps eliminate the hazards associated with materials, equipment and incomplete construction processes that are typical of construction sites that can attract curious and unwelcome “visitors” (i.e. students on a school expansion project).
An adaptability inherent in modular buildings which are frequently designed to quickly add or remove one or more “modules” minimizing the disruptions to adjacent buildings and surroundings.
Ramtech has released a new promotional video that highlights a five-classroom relocatable modular building recently designed, manufactured, and constructed for Annunciation Orthodox School in Houston, TX. The new 6,400 square foot facility allowed Annunciation Orthodox to relocate their existing pre-K program from an older facility to the new modular school building as part of the private school’s long-range master plan. The modular construction project required the demolition of an existing building adjacent to the main campus structure which had been used as a storage facility for several years.
Ramtech has released an additional video testimonial that highlights the design, manufacture, and construction of an eight-classroom modular building recently built for the Hico Independent School District in Hico, TX. The new 8,064 square foot facility was part of a modular construction project that included the purchase of the modular school building as well as leasing two of Ramtech’s industry-leading portable classrooms through the Texas BuyBoard cooperative purchasing network. As part of a district wide facility consolidation program the multiple classroom building was installed on an adjacent parking lot at the current junior high school location in order to accommodate pre-kindergarten and elementary school students. (more…)
Ramtech has released a new promotional video highlighting our line of multiple classroom options for facility additions and expansions at public and private schools. The video provides an opportunity for educators to view the benefits of using our relocatable modular building designs which range in size from 4 to 16 classrooms and can be used to meet a wide variety of temporary or long-term use requirements. The video is part of our integrated promotional campaign designed to highlight a standard floor plan six-classroom modular wing addition that was installed as a demonstration facility adjacent to our corporate headquarters and manufacturing plant. The video will emphasize our abilities and show prospective school clients how they can meet their facility requirements using our customizable multiple classroom buildings. As a full service design-build construction company, we can provide them with a first-hand look at what we can be done using our approach to relocatable buildings and permanent modular construction.
For over 30 years we have provided public, private, and faith-based schools throughout the Southwest with portable classroom buildings through an inventory program that typically keeps over 50 two-classroom modular buildings (both with and without restrooms) on hand for immediate delivery. Available using sale or lease options, our program has enabled us to become the largest supplier of portable classrooms in the Southwest. During 2012, Ramtech provided nearly 100 portable classroom buildings to public, private, and charter schools in a five state area. The primary advantages to the two classroom modular building is they require little if any site preparation and are easily relocated as the needs of the school change. While multiple classroom buildings often require more site development, they do provide the look and feel of permanent facilities and are much faster and less expensive than actual site constructed school additions. They also can lead to a safer environment by allowing teachers and students to change classes while remaining in the same building for an entire school day. Individual classroom buildings can be designed and constructed to address requirements for computer and science labs, administrative offices, and specialty classrooms for all age groups. Exterior finishes can be as simple and low cost as R-panel steel siding, or as permanent looking as synthetic stucco or brick veneer paneling. The interior finishes are very similar to site constructed buildings including the use of T-grid ceilings, recessed lighting, vinyl covered sheetrock walls, and vinyl composition tile or carpeted floors. Custom multiple classroom buildings can also be designed, manufactured, and installed usually within a 60-90 day time frame depending on the site conditions and local permitting requirements.
Gary White is Vice President of Sales & Estimating at Ramtech Building Systems, Inc. He has been in the commercial modular industry for 33 years and is responsible for the management of all sales and estimating efforts across each of Ramtech’s key market segments: Education, Government, Medical, and Commercial.