Posts Tagged ‘Education’

Modular Construction Training in the Classroom

Posted on: November 20th, 2014 by (No Comments)

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.

Innovation Academy and UT Tyler Celebrate New Modular Building

Posted on: November 4th, 2014 by (No Comments)

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…)

University of Texas at Dallas Begins Classes in new Modular Buildings from Ramtech

Posted on: October 22nd, 2014 by (No Comments)

University of Texas at DallasRamtech 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 Receives Notice of Award from Brackett ISD

Posted on: October 9th, 2014 by (No Comments)

Brackett Final RenderingRamtech 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 Completes New Modular Building Wing for Arlington Classics Academy Charter School

Posted on: July 15th, 2014 by (No Comments)

Ramtech has finished putting the final Arlington Classic Exteriortouches on a new $1.2 million 10-classroom modular building wing addition for Arlington Classics Academy of Arlington, TX. The new modular school building was built using Ramtech’s traditional permanent modular construction method to provide for an 9,856 square foot facility that will accommodate additional 7th and 8th grade students at the Arlington Classics’ middle school campus. The school will now begin moving in the furnishings in order to have the facility operational prior to the start of the 2014-2015 academic school year next month. (more…)

Ramtech Moves to Start Production of Avalon ISD Permanent Modular Building

Posted on: June 24th, 2014 by (No Comments)

Ramtech has received the notice of acceptance from Avalon (TX) ISD for the lump sum proposal part of the design-build contact for the permanent modular construction of a 4,480 square foot classroom wing addition for the North-central Texas school district’s high school campus.  The $912,000 four classroom modular school building will be installed at grade level on a concrete stem wall foundation adjacent to the school’s existing structure and connected via a walkway with covered canopy. The facility will utilize a parapet type exterior wall which will incorporate a brick exterior finish designed to integrate with the look of the existing building. Ramtech has been contracted to provide all of the civil design services, as well as integrating the existing fire alarm system with the new modular building. We will also be responsible for redesigning and constructing a new bus lane for the school to accommodate the increased traffic. The manufacturing of the building modules is scheduled to begin during the second week of July, then the five floor sections will be crane-set and installed by August 15th. Ramtech expects to have the entire project completed prior to the end of September.

Work Begins on Redwater ISD’s New Permanent Modular Building

Posted on: June 10th, 2014 by (No Comments)

The manufacturing and site preparation activities have begun on Redwater Independent School District’s new 18,348 square foot middle school facility. The new modular school building will employ Ramtech’s Accelerated Building System, a permanent modular construction process which provides for a modular building that utilizes a poured-in-place five inch concrete slab as the building’s structural floor. The $2.7 million project will provide Redwater ISD with a new state of the art facility featuring 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 building will incorporate a full masonry exterior, rigid panel steel roofing, and extensive window glazing. The manufacturing of the 20 module sections will be completed this week, then they will then be shipped to the job site for installation via crane-setting beginning the first week of July.  Ramtech expects the design-build construction project to be completed by the middle of September.

University of Texas at Dallas Adds Two Ramtech Modular Building Complexes for Bio and Mechanical Engineering Programs

Posted on: May 24th, 2014 by (No Comments)

Ramtech continued to build on our recent success in the public college and university market by securing a new $1.6 million contract to provide two new modular buildings that will be located on the main campus of the University of Texas at Dallas in Richardson, Texas.  UTD will purchase the two 8,736 square foot facilities for $1.6 million and use them as temporary teaching labs in the University’s Bio and Mechanical Engineering Departments. Ramtech will begin installation of both buildings in June, and expects to complete the project by July 15, 2014. (more…)

Relocatability – It’s Where Modular Buildings Shine

Posted on: May 6th, 2014 by (No Comments)

Aldine Cafeteria RegistersOne of the primary advantages of modular construction is the ability to relocate the modular buildings to another location for the same purpose or for some other secondary utilization. This flexibility is now on full display at the Houston-area Aldine Independent School District’s Eisenhower High School, where Ramtech is relocating two cafeteria buildings which were originally installed in June 2013 at the District’s Nimitz High School campus. This was part of the 41,216 square foot project which included four buildings including two at the district’s MacArthur High School. All of the modular cafeteria buildings are being used as interim facilities for six months to a year while the District renovates each of the school’s existing permanent cafeterias. (more…)

Texas Department of Insurance Decision to Affect the Use of Portable Classrooms

Posted on: April 25th, 2014 by (No Comments)

 There has been a decision by the Texas Department of Insurance that directly impacts the use of portable classrooms by school districts in the fourteen counties that make up the coastal bend in south Texas.  This decision removes one of the most important aspects for using a portable classroom building, namely its ability to be portable and relocated economically. This decision is based on the strictest interpretation of the International Building Code by the Department of Insurance.  At the center of the issue is the lack of definition and thus acceptance of a building that uses a temporary foundation that does not conform to the established foundation requirements in the building code.  The code assumes that all buildings are permanent unless they are classified as temporary, which the code then specifies a limit of use to 180 days. (more…)