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Ramtech Showcases Modular Buildings at the 2016 TASA/TASB Convention in Houston

Posted on: September 26th, 2016 by (No Comments)

Ramtech will once again be exhibiting our portable classrooms, permanent modular school buildings, and Accelerated Building System (ABS) prefabricated modular construction capabilities in booth 119 at this year’s 2016 TASA/TASB Convention being held at the George R. Brown Convention Center on September 23-24 in Houston. The conference is expected to draw more than 5,000 attendees from public school districts across the state, including 4,000 school board members and their guests, and over 1,000 school administrators including superintendents, associate superintendent, and other key school district personnel. The exhibition will begin Friday September 23 at 8:00am, followed by the first general session in the afternoon with a keynote address from Mike Morath, the current Texas Commissioner of Education. Since the first conference in 1960, the Convention has focused on providing training and continuing education to school district leadership teams in order to develop their roles in the state’s public school system. The conference provides relevant and practical programs and workshops for attendees to meet and talk with their peers from across the state, and the ability to view and source products and services in an exhibit area with close to 400 exhibitors.

Ramtech Set To Begin Installation of Temporary Elementary Campus at Deweyville ISD

Posted on: July 26th, 2016 by (No Comments)

This week Ramtech is set to begin installing the buildings for the temporary elementary school campus we have constructed for Deweyville ISD.  This project was the result of the district’s needing to meet the challenge of relocating all of their elementary school students to their high school campus as a result of the Sabine River flooding that occurred in March of this year. The relocatable modular education project is a 36 month lease for 11 buildings. Ramtech finished the manufacturing of the final building at the end of last week. The first building to be installed is an 8,064 square foot eight classroom building.  This will be followed by a 6,272 square foot multipurpose facility which will include an administrative section for the elementary school staff and the District’s superintendent. The building will have nine offices and a reception area, four bathrooms, a large conference room, computer lab, and a library. The other buildings include a 5,120 square foot cafeteria with a full-service kitchen capable of accommodating 150 students, and eight portable classroom buildings. Ramtech is also working on developing an 11,410 square foot pre-engineered steel building which will provide gymnasium space and a maintenance garage. Ramtech will be responsible for all of the site preparation including the soil remediation and the installation of a lift station. Ramtech is scheduled to complete the modular portion of the project prior to the start of school at the end of August.

Ramtech Nears Completion on Modular Building Project for Humble (TX) ISD

Posted on: June 21st, 2016 by (No Comments)

Ramtech is nearing completion on a large modular building project that we began last year for Humble ISD.  The $1.47 million project included 13 custom portable double-classroom buildings and a 8,820 square foot instructional life skills facility. To meet the aesthetic requirements of the local neighborhoods of the seven sites where the portable classroom buildings were installed, each were built with 20-year composition roofs that were installed at Ramtech’s outside corral. All of the buildings also have upgraded interiors which include birch wood grain paneling and special low VOC carpet. The life skills facility includes eight classrooms and to fully simulated apartments with kitchens and showers. There is also a conference room, three offices, and a teachers work room. All of the facilities were built to meet a 110 mile hour wind load specification and were procured through the Texas Buyboard network purchasing cooperative. Ramtech will finish installing the last portable classroom building for the project prior to the end of July and we plan to photograph the life skills facility for inclusion in our project portfolio prior to the start of the 2016-2017 school year.

Ramtech Attends Arlington (TX) Classics Academy Charter School Groundbreaking Ceremony for New Prefabricated School Building

Posted on: June 6th, 2016 by (No Comments)

Ramtech was proud to play a part in the recent groundbreaking ceremony at Arlington Classics Academy for the new 37,329 square foot prefabricated school building that will located on the charter school’s eleven acre campus in Dalworthington Gardens, Texas. Ramtech team members Gary Davenport, Jeff Ward, Randy Van Zandt, Gary Pitts, Stewart Richardson, and Steve Sickman were part of several invited guests that included local elected officials, ACA board trustees, and other community members. The event coincided with the start of the site work on the design-build project that will be built using Ramtech’s Accelerated Building System (ABS) construction method. Once it’s complete, the new facility will provide additional space for up to 192 students in grades three thru five.  Manufacturing of the building sections will be finished prior to the end of June and once the site preparation is complete the crane setting of the 45 modular sections that make up the structure will be set onto a concrete slab during the first week of August. The project has an anticipated completion date of January 15, 2017.

Ramtech Moves Toward Completion of Two-Story Prefabricated High School Building for Randolph Field (TX) ISD

Posted on: June 6th, 2016 by (No Comments)

Randolph Field ISD Prefabricated High SchoolRamtech is moving into the final phase of construction on the new high school facility we are building for the Randolph Field (TX) Independent School District. The design-build contract called for Ramtech to provide complete turnkey services to the district using our Accelerated Building System (ABS) prefabricated construction method for a 47,448 square foot two-story facility.  The metal portion of the exterior finish application is now 75% complete and the masonry portion will begin next week. The interior finishes have been applied and the floor coverings are also slated to be installed beginning next week. To make way for the new $7.3 million school building, the school district demolished two existing structures which were removed during the spring of last year. The design of the new structure provides space for 23 classrooms, an eighth grade science center, two computer labs, two student commons, and an administrative area with offices, counseling suite, and a nurse 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 with chemical storage capability. In addition to the brick and split-faced block masonry on the first floor, the building’s exterior design includes a high profile custom-colored architectural metal siding in horizontal and vertical orientations designed to highlight the building entrances and complement the finishes of the existing campus structures.  High-efficiency gas-fired rooftop HVAC units will provide the heating and cooling on the second floor of the building, with zoned electrical HVAC units for the first floor. Ramtech expects to complete the project by July 1.

Ramtech to Begin Work on New Permanent Modular Building for Arlington (TX) Classics Academy Charter School

Posted on: May 12th, 2016 by (No Comments)

Ramtech has received a notice to proceed from Arlington Classics Academy to begin the manufacturing and construction of a new 37,329 square foot prefabricated school building that will located on the charter school’s eleven acre campus in Dalworthington Gardens, Texas. The design-build project will be built using our Accelerated Building System (ABS) construction method and will provide space for up to 192 students in grades three thru five.  Once completed, the facility will provide space for 24 standard classrooms and five special use classrooms for the school’s art, music, speech, and special education programs. The building will also include a full cafeteria and kitchen, administrative offices for the staff and counselors, a library annex and tutoring center with learning lab, and a 3,000 square foot multipurpose exercise room with its own dedicated heating and cooling zone.  The requirements for the new building call for full site development including two acres of additional paving which will help ease the amount of vehicular traffic on the main feeder road during student drop-off and pickup. An existing legacy grove of pecan trees has also been integrated into the site design to maintain the original aesthetics of the site location while preventing the need for their removal.  The Type V wood frame structure will be wrapped in a 100% masonry exterior using brick and split-faced block, with stucco applied to the accented areas. Parapet walls ranging in height from 13 to 18 feet will enhance the buildings aesthetics while also meeting the design requirements of the city of Dalworthington Garden.  Manufacturing of the building sections have already begun and the site work is scheduled to begin the week of May 9th.  Once the manufacturing and site work is complete, the crane setting of the 45 modular sections that make up the structure will be set onto the concrete slab during the first week of August. The project has an anticipated completion date of January 15, 2017.

Ramtech Provides Grant for Innovative Teaching Program thru MISD Education Foundation

Posted on: January 12th, 2016 by (No Comments)

At the end of last year Ramtech was proud to sponsor an Innovative Teaching Grant for the Mansfield Independent School District Education Foundation. The grant will support a program developed by a group of Mansfield ISD intermediate school librarians titled “Make Your Mark in Mansfield Intermediate Libraries: Inspire, Imagine, Investigate, Innovate.” The $4,500 grant will be used to purchase hardware, software, tools and equipment to support the intermediate school’s STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) programs. Specifically, the plan calls for developing a “Makerspace” area in the libraries of the district’s six intermediate school campuses where students can come together to investigate, collaborate, and create in a unique community section of each facility.  Individual projects will be guided by the school librarians through inquiry-style learning encouraging students to use a collaborative approach in order to build and create by making connections to what they have learned in the classroom and applying it to the real world.

For several years Ramtech and its employees have made personal and financial contributions to several local organizations and charities in the Mansfield area. Agencies such as Meals on Wheels, Special Olympics, Kiwanis, Habitat for Humanity, Mansfield Cares, and Common Ground are just a few of the outstanding organizations that Ramtech has had the privilege of working with.  Ramtech has been a corporate sponsor of the Mansfield ISD Education Foundation since its inception, and both Mike Slataper and Linc Moss have served on the foundation’s board of directors. More information on the MISDEF can be found on the foundation’s website at www.mansfieldisdfoundation.org.

Ramtech Highlights Melissa (TX) ISD Permanent Modular Construction Project

Posted on: January 12th, 2016 by (No Comments)

Melissa ISDRamtech is now featuring as part of our project portfolio the $1.5 million eight-classroom facility we recently completed for the Melissa (TX) Independent School District.  Built using our traditional wood-framed permanent modular construction approach, the 9,018 square foot project is located in the middle school area of the District’s combined campus. The parapet wall design of the building incorporates a full masonry exterior which complements the look of the school’s existing structures while also providing screening of the roof mounted HVAC units.  Ramtech constructed the building with a grade level appearance which allowed for sidewalks and a covered walkway leading to the adjacent building. The interior of the facility includes commercial grade carpeting throughout the building, and each classroom incorporates a black painted accent wall for featuring student work and achievements. Ramtech was also responsible for all of the site work on the project including the extension and connection of the utilities. The manufacturing of the modular school building and site preparation began in late May and the project was finished in the early Fall.

Ramtech Moves to Construction Phase on Randolph Field ISD High School Building

Posted on: July 28th, 2015 by (No Comments)

Randolph ISDRamtech 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 Completes Installation of Modular Buildings at Tornado Damaged Van ISD

Posted on: July 14th, 2015 by (No Comments)

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.