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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.

Ramtech Features New Redwater ISD Permanent Modular Middle School Facility

Posted on: June 30th, 2015 by (No Comments)

Redwater ISDRamtech 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.

Ramtech Launches Redesigned Website for Relocatable and Permanent Modular School Buildings

Posted on: May 11th, 2015 by (No Comments)

RamtechEducation.comAs part of Ramtech’s effort to educate the public on our modular school building product offerings while also providing an enhanced user experience, our flagship education website was recently relaunched after a complete redesign. The new site showcases our wide range of modular building options for facility additions and expansions available for public and private schools throughout the Southwest. The redesign incorporates separate sections which highlight Ramtech’s three distinct building systems for relocatable modular buildings, permanent modular construction, and prefabricated construction featuring our Accelerated Building System slab-on-grade method.  Each section details how we construct the three building types, the specific benefits (including sustainability) they provide, and the facility types available with each building system. We have also provided an updated photo gallery of past projects, and provided easier navigation to the wide range of standard and custom floor plans we have available using each construction method. The new website also includes additional project videos, and better integration with our social media sites. Ramtech will take this same approach to our other sites which we plan to have redesigned and updated prior to the end of summer.

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Ramtech’s New Four-Classroom Modular Building Now On Display

Posted on: March 18th, 2015 by (No Comments)

To provide our customers with an up close and personal look at the features and benefits built into every Ramtech multiple classroom building, we recently installed a new four classroom facility adjacent to our corporate headquarters and manufacturing plant located in Mansfield, Texas.  The modular school building contains finished and unfinished rooms to provide a complete view into how Ramtech designs, manufactures, and installs each of our facilities.  Ranging in size from 4 to 16 classrooms, schools have a choice in how they can meet their facility requirements by using one of our standard floor plan designs or a customized version.  As a full-service design-build construction company, this model building will help provide potential clients with a first-hand look at what can be done when using our approach to relocatable buildings and permanent modular construction.


Ramtech Receives Notice of Award from Melissa (TX) ISD for Permanent Modular Construction Project

Posted on: January 30th, 2015 by (No Comments)

Ramtech announced that the Melissa (TX) ISD school board has approved a design-build agreement with us to proceed with providing preconstruction services for a 9,400 square foot modular school classroom building that would be located in the middle school area of the district’s combined campus. The eight classroom facility would be built using our traditional wood-framed permanent modular construction approach. Ramtech would also be responsible for all the site work and the extension and connection of the utilities. Current plans call for a full masonry exterior on a parapet wall design and roof mounted HVAC units.  Manufacturing of the modular school buildings would begin in late May, with the project scheduled to be completed in the early Fall of 2015.

Located 35 miles northeast of Dallas, the city of Melissa is located in the area of Collin County that has one of the fastest-growing and dynamic areas of North Texas. Serving students primarily living within the city of Melissa, the Melissa Independent School District has seen explosive growth with enrollment increasing by over 200 students in the last six months. In making the presentation to the Melissa ISD, they saw that our traditional permanent modular construction was the approach could provide them with the kind of facility they wanted quickly and within their budget.

Ramtech Receives Notice of Award from Ferris (TX) ISD for Permanent Modular Construction Project

Posted on: January 20th, 2015 by (No Comments)

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’s Relocatable Modular Buildings, Permanent Modular Construction, and Accelerated Building System on Display at TASA Midwinter Conference

Posted on: January 19th, 2015 by (No Comments)

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.

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…)