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.
With support from the Modular Building Institute, the main trade association representing the commercial modular building industry, a $10 million federal grant will be shared by five colleges in Florida to provide training and education for the commercial modular construction industry. The grant is part of the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) program administered by the U.S. Department of Labor. The curriculum will provide skills, training, and education for the manufactured construction industry through a program called TRAMCON, short for Florida Training for Manufactured Construction. The forecasted growth and adoption of permanent modular construction across many markets coincides with a projected shortage of over two million skilled workers by 2017 for site built construction. This shift toward offsite manufacturing and prefabricated construction will require increased training through a nationally recognized certification program that will be part of both two and four year degree programs offered by Florida’s state colleges and universities. More information about the program and the recent award of $1.47 million to the construction program at Santa Fe College in Gainesville, Florida can be found here.
Ramtech was honored to attend an appreciation luncheon recently held at the new 17,280 square foot modular building we provided to Innovation Academy on the Longview campus of UT Tyler in Longview, TX. Jesse Acosta, Vice President for Administration & Chief Business Officer for UT Tyler recognized the hard work and effort on behalf of Ramtech, designer Adams Engineering-Design Consultants, general contractor Nouveau Construction, and all of the UT Tyler and Innovation Academy personnel that were involved in the permanent modular construction project. Working with a very aggressive construction schedule, Ramtech was responsible for the design, manufacture, and installation of the buildings. We began setting the module sections on July 17 and were able to finish the building and turn it over to the University on August 18. (more…)
Ramtech has received a contract award from the City of Austin to provide an 8,064 square foot modular office building that will be located at the City’s Watershed Protection Department. The new facility will provide space for 14 private offices, a conference room, a large training classroom, and restrooms with showers and adjacent locker areas. The project will also incorporate a number of sustainable features into the building’s design and construction, beginning with the use of Ramtech’s traditional permanent modular construction approach. (more…)
Ramtech announced through PRWeb that the University of Texas at Dallas has begun occupying the two modular buildings that we installed at the university’s main campus in Richardson. The university purchased the two 8,736 square foot facilities for $1.6 million and will use them as teaching labs in the University’s Bio and Mechanical Engineering Departments. The modular school buildings each have a slightly different interior configuration, with the Bio Engineering facility using a five classroom layout while the Mechanical Engineering building incorporates one large classroom, three standard size classrooms, and restrooms that serve the faculty and students from both buildings. (more…)
Ramtech would like to extend our congratulations to Bard Manufacturing Company as they celebrate their 100th anniversary. Founded as a company that saw the need for indoor plumbing and heating in 1914, Bard has been a leader in providing high-performance heating and cooling products all over the world. Our relocatable and permanent modular buildings have utilized Bard wall-mounted air-conditioners for many years. Hats off from all of us at Ramtech, and here’s to the next 100!
Ramtech has announced that Lifestyle Management Inc. of Edmond, Oklahoma has approved our design-build agreement to proceed to the first phase of a pre-construction design contract for a new 31,752 square foot residential reintegration facility capable of accommodating 296 clients. Ramtech has completed both the civil and geo-tech design work and is now approximately 80% complete with the building design. Known as the Dallas Transitional Center, the modular building project will be located on unincorporated land owned by Dallas County approximately 12 miles south of downtown Dallas and will replace Lifestyle’s current 225-bed halfway house with a new facility designed, manufactured and constructed using Ramtech’s Accelerated Building System permanent modular construction method. (more…)
Ramtech has announced that Brackett ISD has given us a notice of award for a design-build proposal that will provide for the modular construction of an 11,616 square foot freestanding classroom wing for the District’s high school campus. Ramtech plans to employ the use of our traditional wood-framed permanent modular construction approach for a parapet wall designed facility that will incorporate a HardiePanel exterior with site applied Ultra-Crete finish. The heating and cooling will be accommodated with rooftop HVAC units mounted on a TPO covered roof. The interior floor plan will accommodate seven classrooms, two computer labs, two offices, content mastery room, an IT room, and student staff restrooms. Ramtech expects to have the project completed during March of 2015. (more…)
Ramtech returns to the 54th annual TASB/TASA Convention again this year, a conference we have been participating in for over 25 years. We will be represented by both Sabrina Queen and Bill Barron who will showcase our relocatable modular buildings, permanent modular construction, and Accelerated Building System for Texas public schools in booths 831 & 833 on September 26-27 at the Dallas Convention Center in Dallas, Texas. Since 1960, the Texas Association of School Administrators (TASA) and the Texas Association of School Boards (TASB) have partnered to bring school board members and school administrators the state’s largest education-related convention. Representing more than 6,000 public school officials from over 1,000 independent school districts across the state, the conference provides an ideal opportunity for Ramtech to follow-up with our large customer base as well as potential clients in need of portable classrooms, multiple classroom buildings, and permanent facilities using our Accelerated Building System permanent modular construction method.
Pedernales Electric Cooperative (PEC) has opened the new modular office building that Ramtech built for the company’s existing Marble Falls, TX site. The new 2,255 square foot payment processing office will serve the company on an interim basis while Pedernales Electric evaluates plans to develop a new site in the future to meet their expected growth and customer service needs. The Type V wood frame structure features a canopy-covered vehicle drive-through with a bullet resistant teller window, along with an entrance to the facility that incorporates an ornate set of wood steps and ramps designed to meet all accessibility standards. Heating and cooling of the building is accommodated with a five-ton split system zoned to accommodate the walk-up payment lobby, a large office room, two open office areas, and a break room. The interior office areas are finished out with VCG walls and a combination of VCT and carpet floor coverings, while the exterior utilizes a factory applied HardiePanel fiber cement vertical siding. (more…)