Ramtech has finished putting the final touches on a new $1.2 million 10-classroom modular building wing addition for Arlington Classics Academy of Arlington, TX. The new modular school building was built using Ramtech’s traditional permanent modular construction method to provide for an 9,856 square foot facility that will accommodate additional 7th and 8th grade students at the Arlington Classics’ middle school campus. The school will now begin moving in the furnishings in order to have the facility operational prior to the start of the 2014-2015 academic school year next month. (more…)
Ramtech has received the notice of acceptance from Avalon (TX) ISD for the lump sum proposal part of the design-build contact for the permanent modular construction of a 4,480 square foot classroom wing addition for the North-central Texas school district’s high school campus. The $912,000 four classroom modular school building will be installed at grade level on a concrete stem wall foundation adjacent to the school’s existing structure and connected via a walkway with covered canopy. The facility will utilize a parapet type exterior wall which will incorporate a brick exterior finish designed to integrate with the look of the existing building. Ramtech has been contracted to provide all of the civil design services, as well as integrating the existing fire alarm system with the new modular building. We will also be responsible for redesigning and constructing a new bus lane for the school to accommodate the increased traffic. The manufacturing of the building modules is scheduled to begin during the second week of July, then the five floor sections will be crane-set and installed by August 15th. Ramtech expects to have the entire project completed prior to the end of September.
The manufacturing and site preparation activities have begun on Redwater Independent School District’s new 18,348 square foot middle school facility. 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 $2.7 million project will provide Redwater ISD with a new state of the art facility featuring 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 will incorporate a full masonry exterior, rigid panel steel roofing, and extensive window glazing. The manufacturing of the 20 module sections will be completed this week, then they will then be shipped to the job site for installation via crane-setting beginning the first week of July. Ramtech expects the design-build construction project to be completed by the middle of September.
Ramtech continued to build on our recent success in the public college and university market by securing a new $1.6 million contract to provide two new modular buildings that will be located on the main campus of the University of Texas at Dallas in Richardson, Texas. UTD will purchase the two 8,736 square foot facilities for $1.6 million and use them as temporary teaching labs in the University’s Bio and Mechanical Engineering Departments. Ramtech will begin installation of both buildings in June, and expects to complete the project by July 15, 2014. (more…)
With the tremendous expansion of oil and gas drilling across the country over the last few years, an enormous opportunity has been created for the use of modular buildings for everything from workforce housing to administrative offices. The energy industry has always been a market that Ramtech has participated in, with successful completion of projects in locations all across the Southwestern and Southeastern U.S. Now, for the first time, Ramtech will be able to show off our innovative facility solutions at one of the premier conferences serving the oil and gas industry, the DUG Permian Basin Conference being held May 20-22 at the Fort Worth Convention Center in Fort Worth, Texas. We will take part with over 250 exhibitors that will have the opportunity to be in front of more than 2,400 oil and gas industry professionals. Ramtech will be represented in Booth 843 by business development specialist Jeff Ward, who will be promoting our modular construction approach to designing and developing administrative offices and engineering facilities to service companies operating in the midstream sector of the market. (more…)
One of the primary advantages of modular construction is the ability to relocate the modular buildings to another location for the same purpose or for some other secondary utilization. This flexibility is now on full display at the Houston-area Aldine Independent School District’s Eisenhower High School, where Ramtech is relocating two cafeteria buildings which were originally installed in June 2013 at the District’s Nimitz High School campus. This was part of the 41,216 square foot project which included four buildings including two at the district’s MacArthur High School. All of the modular cafeteria buildings are being used as interim facilities for six months to a year while the District renovates each of the school’s existing permanent cafeterias. (more…)
There has been a decision by the Texas Department of Insurance that directly impacts the use of portable classrooms by school districts in the fourteen counties that make up the coastal bend in south Texas. This decision removes one of the most important aspects for using a portable classroom building, namely its ability to be portable and relocated economically. This decision is based on the strictest interpretation of the International Building Code by the Department of Insurance. At the center of the issue is the lack of definition and thus acceptance of a building that uses a temporary foundation that does not conform to the established foundation requirements in the building code. The code assumes that all buildings are permanent unless they are classified as temporary, which the code then specifies a limit of use to 180 days. (more…)
At this year’s Modular Building Institute World of Modular Convention held March 21-24 at the J.W. Marriott Resort in San Antonio, Texas, Ramtech was recognized for 30 years of continuous membership and support of the MBI. Founded in 1983, the MBI is the international non-profit trade association serving commercial the modular construction industry. The MBI membership is made up of manufacturers, contractors, dealers and associates serving two distinct segments of the industry, permanent modular construction and relocatable buildings. The MBI actively promotes the expanded use of modular and off-site construction techniques as well as acting as an advocate on legislative issues in order to deflect unwarranted or onerous legislation and regulations harmful to the commercial modular industry. (more…)
Ramtech will once again be exhibiting our modular construction capabilities at the Texas Organization of Rural and Community Hospitals’ Annual Conference & Trade Show coming up on April 9-10 at the Omni Hotel located next to the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in downtown Dallas. With this year’s theme of “Taking Rural Healthcare in a New Direction,” the conference will focus on the evolving landscape of rural health care and the difficulty in navigating it. The TORCH Conference will explore many of these new directions in order to help guide rural hospital executives, trustees and other stakeholders toward financial and operational success by focusing on knowledge, data, vigilance, and collaboration. TORCH expects a large turnout to discuss all the potential changes in policy or laws related to reimbursement, workforce, technology and quality. Ramtech medical facility development specialist Bill Barron will be representing us in Booth 36 with the goal of promoting our innovative and flexible modular medical clinics and other modular building products for community health clinics, outpatient facilities, medical office buildings, pharmacies/labs, diagnostic imaging, and dialysis centers. The TORCH conference is dedicated exclusively to rural and community hospital administration, finance, education, and advocacy professionals, with the primary goal of providing a forum to address the paths required for financial and operational success.
Ramtech received a first place award in the Relocatable Modular Education Over 10,000 Square Feet category at the Modular Building Institute’s World of Modular annual convention and tradeshow held at the JW Marriott Hill Country Resort March 21-24 in San Antonio, Texas. The award was for the instructional and support facilities we built for the West (TX) ISD. The modular school 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. Ramtech took just 90 days to complete the new campus which is 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…)