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.
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.