Ramtech has received approval on a design-build agreement with the Ferris (TX) ISD school board to proceed with providing preconstruction services for a 13,440 square foot middle school classroom building. The 12 classroom facility, including one fully equipped science lab, would be built using Ramtech’s traditional wood-framed permanent modular construction approach. Ramtech would also be responsible for all site work and the extension and connection of the utilities. Current plans call for a full masonry exterior and roof mounted HVAC units. Site work and manufacturing of the modular buildings would begin in March, with the project scheduled to be complete prior to the start of the 2015-2016 school year.
Located south of Dallas in Ferris, Texas, the Ferris ISD serves students from the city of Ferris as well as the community of Trumbull and other rural areas in northeastern Ellis County. The proposed project would allow the district to consolidate some facilities by moving students into the new modular school building.
Ramtech will return to exhibit again at the TASA Midwinter Conference in Austin, Texas. The conference, held annually at the Austin Convention Center, will run from January 25-28 with exhibitor hours on Monday and Tuesday. Ramtech has participated in the TASA conference for over 25 years, and this year will be represented in booth 1131 by Sabrina Queen and Jeff Ward who will showcase our relocatable modular buildings, traditional permanent modular construction, and Accelerated Building System prefabricated school construction products. The theme for the conference, Education = future, will feature Thought Leader sessions that focus on topics including school leadership, finance, human resource management, facility planning, and operations. The three general sessions will begin with keynote speakers Doug Christensen of Doane College, Texas Education Agency Commissioner Michael Williams, and Brendon Busteed from Gallup Education. The 2014 TASA Conference had an attendance of over 4,500, including 770 superintendents and other administrators from over 828 Texas School Districts. This year’s show is expected to draw more than 350 exhibitors from around the country.
Ramtech is pleased to announce the promotion of Jeff Ward to the position of Sales Manager. Jeff joined Ramtech in August 2010 as a Business Development Representative where he was tasked with expanding traditional modular building sales to both commercial contractors and federal government agencies. In his new role, Jeff will oversee the daily activities of the sales and telemarketing team while continuing to develop project opportunities in the commercial, education, and federal government markets. As a member of Ramtech’s marketing team, Jeff will contribute to identifying industry trends and helping us develop new markets for our design-build approach to relocatable modular buildings and permanent modular construction using our Accelerated Building System. Jeff will also represent Ramtech at all of the industry conferences that we attend or have a trade show booth exhibits.
Jeff began his career in the modular industry in 1997 as a sales representative for Palm Harbor Homes where he rose to sales manager and led a team of eight sales reps at the number one sales center in the company. After leaving Palm Harbor in 2001, Jeff transitioned to the commercial modular building business where he quickly developed a reputation for being able to successfully develop a broad range of relocatable and permanent modular building projects for federal government agencies including each branch of the U.S. Military. Jeff’s tenure on the commercial side of the industry has included positions in both business development as well as senior sales specialist roles. Originally from DeSoto, Texas, Jeff is a graduate of Texas State University-San Marcos and is currently a member of the Society of Military Engineers. Jeff and his family reside in Mansfield where he is active in the community’s Meals On Wheels of Tarrant County program.
Ramtech Building will be back exhibiting at the 2014 Texas Charter Schools Conference being held this month at the Westin Galleria on December 10-12 in Houston, Texas. The conference is expected to draw over 1,300 attendees from across the state, including administrators, board members, policy makers, and teachers interested in training, networking, sharing best practices and viewing the latest in industry-leading products and services. Ramtech will be represented in booth 123 by business development specialists Jeff Ward and Sabrina Queen who will be promoting our portable classrooms, relocatable and permanent modular school buildings, and modular construction capabilities. The exhibition will begin Wednesday afternoon at one o’clock in the exhibit hall, followed by the start of the general session with keynote speaker Dr. Adolf Brown, the Founder, President, and CEO of The Leadership & Learning Institute. (more…)
Ramtech announced this week that we reached an agreement with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) on a new 15 year lease (with ten years guaranteed) for the agency’s National Weather Service Weather Forecast Office that we built for them in Fort Worth back in 1993. Originally leased by NOAA for ten years with a ten-year option, the new gross lease includes janitorial, maintenance, and landscaping services along with covering emergency 24/7 response, casualty insurance, and taxes. Ramtech acted as the owner-developer on the project, while also designing and manufacturing the 10,500 square foot modular office building that sits on a fully fenced 4.55 acre site with 24-hour security. One of our most featured permanent modular construction projects over the years, the renewal of the building lease after 20 years of use is ample evidence that permanent modular buildings are just as durable and can achieve the same life spans as conventional site-built structures. (more…)
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…)