Posts Tagged ‘MBI’

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.

Ramtech Hits Modular Building Institute 30-Year Milestone

Posted on: April 14th, 2014 by (No Comments)

Modular Building InstituteAt this year’s Modular Building Institute World of Modular Convention held March 21-24 at the J.W. Marriott Resort in San Antonio, Texas, Ramtech was recognized for 30 years of continuous membership and support of the MBI.  Founded in 1983, the MBI is the international non-profit trade association serving commercial the modular construction industry.  The MBI membership is made up of manufacturers, contractors, dealers and associates serving two distinct segments of the industry,  permanent modular construction and relocatable buildings. The MBI actively promotes the expanded use of modular and off-site construction techniques as well as acting as an advocate on legislative issues in order to deflect unwarranted or onerous legislation and regulations harmful to the commercial modular industry. (more…)

Ramtech’s Contribution to the Evolution of Commercial Modular Construction

Posted on: August 9th, 2013 by (No Comments)

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. (more…)

Ramtech Wins MBI Awards of Distinction for KIPP Modular Buildings

Posted on: April 1st, 2013 by (No Comments)

Ramtech received a first place award in the Temporary Education over 10,000 Square Feet category at the Modular Building Institute’s 30th annual convention and tradeshow held this month at the Westin Kierland Resort in Scottsdale, AZ. The award was for the recently completed 24,500 square foot modular school campus for charter school operator KIPP Delta Public Schools in Blytheville, Arkansas.  Ramtech took just 120 days to complete a new campus that included 16 elementary school classrooms, 8 middle school classrooms, a food service-cafeteria, and an administration building.  The key to the rapid completion of the project was the use of Ramtech’s modular building system which saved KIPP both time and money when compared to traditional site construction.  (more…)

Green Buildings Underperforming??

Posted on: December 20th, 2012 by (No Comments)

For the last several years, the Modular Building Institute (MBI) has attempted to address the inequalities of the International Green Construction Code when applied to small commercial construction projects, as these are the heart of the commercial modular industry. MBI promotes the fact that modular buildings are one of the best platforms for sustainable building construction today for the following reasons:

  • Factory construction means greater waste diversion from landfills
  • Factory controlled construction means greater use of recycling practices
  • Off-site construction means less site disruption
  • Ability of modular buildings to be relocated and repurposed means fewer buildings being demolished and ultimately less waste

As we have stated before, sustainable construction practices make sense when applied in scale to the overall project. Small projects bear an inordinate amount of costs to attain certain levels of sustainable construction when compared to large public and private sector work; however, there may be more to question when it comes to green construction. (more…)

The Latest on Regulating Modular Buildings used for Man Camps in Texas

Posted on: October 22nd, 2012 by (No Comments)

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. (more…)

Permanent Modular Buildings: A Means to Sustainable Construction

Posted on: August 16th, 2012 by (No Comments)

“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. (more…)

Prevailing Wage Debate Hits Offsite Modular Building Sector

Posted on: July 25th, 2012 by (No Comments)

Tom Hardiman, MBI’s Executive Director recently opened a discussion on the specter of prevailing wages being applied to offsite fabrication.  Needless to say, this posses a serious threat to the commercial modular building industry.   If the states of California, Ohio, New York, and Washington are successful in forcing prevailing wages on the modular industry it would not only be very detrimental to the industry, but also to the industries that the modular industry serves.    (more…)

Modular Building Institute’s Contributions to Permanent Modular Construction

Posted on: June 29th, 2012 by (No Comments)

The Modular Building Institute (MBI) has been the trade association representing the commercial modular building industry since 1983.  Throughout the years, MBI has helped its members in a number of ways but the greatest contribution has been MBI’s involvement in state and federal legislative matters.  As stated by the MBI, “the government affairs efforts give our members the opportunity to help shape the rules that govern their business, and do so in a cost effective and coordinated manner.”  The following information is from the MBI’s June 2012 Government Affairs Committee Report as reported by Tom Hardiman, Executive Director of the MBI.

Department of Veterans Affairs – In 2010, the Modular Building Institute had the opportunity to testify in front of the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee to discuss construction practices within the Department of Veterans’ Affairs. The MBI believed the Department of Veterans’ Affairs could greatly increase efficiency and reduce construction costs by adopting changes to their construction practices, specifically by incorporating a Design-Build process vs. a Design-Bid-Build process.  Due to pressure by MBI and DBIA, the Government Accountability Office announced that they will review the construction policies of the VA.  MBI was also able to get the following language included in the MilCon Report which accompanies the FY 2013 Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Act:

“Military Construction Project Delivery. — the Committee is aware that the design-build project delivery method is conducted under one guaranteed contract, offers fast track aspects, cost savings, and decreased litigation claims. The Design-Build method reduces construction costs, speeds up construction time and guarantees quality in all measured categories. Therefore, the Committee encourages the use of this method, when appropriate, in order to provide greater efficiency, lower life cycle costs, and expedite construction, repairs and alterations of Federal buildings.”   (more…)

International Green Construction Code Available for Adoption

Posted on: May 11th, 2012 by (No Comments)

The 2012 International Green Construction Code was published in March of this year. This model code is now available for adoption by state and local governmental bodies that rule over construction. So far over a dozen of these entities have adopted the 2012 IgCC in whole on a voluntary basis or in part on a mandatory basis. Arguably most significant of these adoptions is the State of Florida. Florida has adopted the IgCC as an option for the retrofitting and new construction of all state-owned facilities. Previously, Florida law did not recognize any kind of green construction code, only voluntary rating systems (LEED). The legislation specifically allows the IgCC to be used by the Department of Management Services and encourages state agencies to adopt the IgCC as a model green building code that will apply to all buildings financed by the state, including county, municipal, school districts, water management districts, state universities, community colleges and state court buildings. The legislation noted that Florida lawmakers expect the IgCC to serve as a model for private sector adoption of sustainable building measures. (more…)