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There are many challenges to modular construction, especially commercial modular construction which includes both temporary as well as permanent modular buildings used for schools, hospitals, office and retail facilities. Here in the U.S. it is challenging enough that the states having different regulatory requirements that control commercial modular construction, however the biggest problem usually occurs when a modular dealer, manufacturer, or general contractor takes on a project that they do not have the past experience to successfully complete. Read more…
When looking back at the history of commercial modular construction, an evolutionary change began to occur in the early ’80s when the industry was primarily controlled by several large modular leasing companies such as GE Modular Space, and several wholesale modular manufacturers, the largest being Cliff Industries. At that time the only successful multi-plant, direct sale manufacturer was a company called PBS. But things began to change in 1982, when a steady transformation of the modular industry started to take place led by the establishment of a small modular dealership known as Ramtech Modular Design. Within two years Ramtech had expanded its operations by opening and developing its own modular manufacturing plant in the growing city of Mansfield, Texas. At that time Ramtech’s mission was simple – stay profitable and remain financially strong, treat its employees well, and provide its customers with the best value engineered modular buildings available. This focus on the fundamentals not only helped Ramtech to prosper, but also supported the development of the modular industry and contributed to the growth of the city of Mansfield. Read more…
In March of 2011, Ramtech finished the work on a new 15 module 13,600 square foot modular building for Gulf Marine Fabricators of Aransas Pass, TX, a division of Gulf Island Fabrication of Houma, LA. The prefabricated building replaced four small temporary facilities that were removed in order to meet Gulf Marine’s contract requirement to provide for an administrative office and engineering support center for Chevron USA during the manufacturing phase of Chevron’s Big Foot deep water offshore platform. Now in the second year of the three year development project, Ramtech recently had an opportunity to visit the Gulf Marine site to check on the building and photograph it for an upcoming project profile and case study. Read more…
With the recent nationwide growth in oil and gas development, many of the small towns in West and South Texas are finding it very difficult to handle the huge influx of oil field workers coming into these areas. One of the biggest challenges is how to provide adequate housing for these workers and their families. Even though this influx is also putting a tremendous strain on the local schools and other infrastructure, many cities believe that this growth may be temporary so community planners and developers are less willing to invest the financial resources necessary to adequately expand their permanent residential neighborhoods. So far, the primary means of meeting the industries workforce housing needs has been through the use of temporary man camps. Read more…
For over 30 years, Ramtech has utilized modular construction to provide affordable, high quality facilities ranging in size from 1,000 to 150,000 square feet for education, healthcare, government, and commercial users throughout the southwest. Our modular buildings fall into three distinct categories with price points designed to accommodate a variety of needs.
The first category includes modular buildings designed to meet long term needs while still having the ability to be relocated should the circumstances require it. Read more…
“Sustainable”, “Green”, and “LEED certified” are terms often used in the construction industry to reference buildings that are designed and constructed in an environmentally responsible way. This means building in greater energy efficiencies, using fewer natural resources during construction, and creating a healthier workplace while reducing pollution and waste. The primary challenge in achieving sustainable construction lies in its cost. During tough economic times it can be difficult for an owner to invest in the resources necessary to meet LEED or voluntary IgCC requirements. However, a recent article in the Guardian references how America’s commercial, institutional, and governmental agencies could learn a great deal from the success Europe and China are having by using a familiar, cost effective means to achieve sustainability: permanent modular construction. Read more…
For over 30 years Ramtech Building Systems has not only acted as a design-build construction company for education, healthcare, commercial, and government applications, we also regularly team with outside architectural firms by acting in various roles depending upon the project delivery method that is being utilized. While there is no perfect building system or contractual approach, more architectural firms are now discovering the benefits of working with Ramtech and our Accelerated Building System permanent modular construction method in order to meet their client’s needs. Ramtech’s potential role when working with an outside architectural firm can include design assist, the modular building fabrication only, or full site development along with the building installation and interior/exterior finish-out. In each case, the primary benefit of working with Ramtech is this – we’re faster and less expensive.
The following projects are a sample of how we have worked with architect firms under different building and contract scenarios:
Architect of Record: The Ameritex Studio
Owner: St.Joseph Regional Health
Project: 6,400 sf. urgent care facility
Ramtech’s role: Design assist, modular fabrication
Contractual Approach: CM
Construction Manager: Vaughn Construction
With our GSA contract now in hand, Ramtech has now become eligible to provide the same modular construction products through the Texas Procurement and Support Services (TPASS) Texas Multiple Award Schedule (TXMAS) state purchasing program. Beginning this month, all of our GSA Schedule 56 offerings including standard floor plans for education, medical, and commercial modular buildings will be advertised and available to Texas state agencies through our TXMAS landing page at www.ramtechgsa.com/txmas. Ramtech will be listing our products using the same four Special Item Number (SIN) classifications as the GSA Schedule for our standard one, two, and four doctor modular clinics, toilet trailer facilities, portable classrooms, and administrative office complex designs.
The TPASS has established an alternative purchasing method through the use of TXMAS contracts that have been developed from similar contracts awarded by the federal government or any other governmental entity of another state. Like the GSA Schedules program, TXMAS has a large variety of products at pre-negotiated or “most favored customer” (MFC) pricing, available from select government-approved companies. Government contracting officers determine whether prices are fair and reasonable by completing a comparison of price and non-price factors that a company offers the government with those that are offered to commercial customers. Government buyers are then able to make purchases knowing that the GSA has managed the entire process and all the associated legal obligations that go with it. TXMAS contracts take advantage of this MFC pricing and under certain circumstances, an agency or local government entity may negotiate a lower price for the goods or services offered on a schedule contract. Then, a “best value” purchase can be made by following the normal TXMAS purchasing procedures.
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.
While Ramtech Building Systems is a design-build construction company that owns and operates a commercial modular manufacturing plant, we often team with other companies in the pursuit of specific construction jobs. Ramtech has been in business for over 30 years and during that time has successfully completed over 3,000 projects for the federal and local government, Fortune 500, healthcare, oil & gas, and education markets. These projects range in size from $250,000 to over $50 million and include office space, workforce housing for the oil & gas industry, medical facilities, data centers, school campuses, and specialty buildings. While most are in the Southwestern United States, Ramtech has completed projects from California to Maryland and in overseas locations like the U. S. Virgin Islands. Read more…
Recently, we wanted to learn what factors most influence a commercial, government, or institutional customer during challenging economic times. To do so, we called 20 of our previous customers to learn what was most important to them when they made their choice of a contractor on their commercial construction project. The group included schools, healthcare providers, and other commercial and government customers with projects that Ramtech completed within the first six months of 2011. These projects included both permanent and temporary modular buildings of various sizes and complexities. The responses generally revolved around the following areas in order of priority: Read more…