Posts Tagged ‘Modular Construction’

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.

Code Corner – April 2016

Posted on: April 19th, 2016 by (No Comments)

As noted in past installments of Code Corner, the Industrialized Building Code Council has still not convened to formally adopt the next building code edition, but legislation has been passed and signed into law by Governor Abbott setting adoption time limits.  The force behind this law was the State Energy Conservation Office and the Texas Energy Systems Labs’ desire to force the more timely adoption of recent editions of the code with the goal of making buildings more energy efficient in the state.

Since the Bill passed, it will require the authorities having jurisdictions (AHJ) to adopt the most recent edition of the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) and one can assume that most AHJ’s will adopt the full suite of the I-Codes encompassing the building, plumbing and mechanical codes as well.  As was noted in a prior Code Corner, new editions of the codes are published every three years to incorporate revisions voted on by the ICC membership.  We have been on the 2009 edition for some time; jumping over the 2012 and adopting the 2015 will create some challenges, we anticipate that the areas most affected will be insulation thickness, lighting and lighting controls, along with mechanical equipment we will be allowed to use.

Robert Frick has already been spending time reviewing how our designs will be impacted by the newer energy code, his work will allow us to plan on how it will affect our designs and the cost impact it will have on what we build.  During Robert’s work in reviewing the code and the associated COMcheck software, he has already spotted a discrepancy between the code and the compliance software which will require a revision to the software we are required to use.

At this time it appears that it will be November before the new 2015 Codes will be a requirement for the buildings that enter into production.  But, we will have to start designing to the new standard and pricing our projects accordingly.

Ramtech Profiles Blue Ridge Methodist Modular Church Project

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

Blue Ridge Methodist ChurchRamtech was able to get out to Blue Ridge over the holiday and photograph the $1.51 million modular church building we designed and built for First United Methodist Church. Built using our traditional wood-framed permanent modular construction approach, the 10,250 square foot L-shaped facility was recently installed on the Church’s 20-acre site providing them space for a worship center, three offices, eight adult and children’s classrooms, and a daycare center. The church plans to sell their previous facility and property while using the new facility for an interim period until a separate sanctuary and chapel are built adjacent to the modular building. As the general contractor for the project, Ramtech managed all of the site preparation for the new building and parking lot, including the extension and connection of the utilities and the installation of a pad-on-grade foundation. A HardiePanel embossed stucco siding with an elastomeric paint finish was used for the exterior, while the interior was finished with vinyl covered gypsum wall coverings, commercial grade carpet and vinyl composition tile flooring, and a lay-in tile ceiling in the classroom and office areas. The worship area, which also serves the church as a fellowship hall, incorporates a vaulted ceiling with exposed architectural ductwork all painted flat black. Ramtech also provided all of the wood steps, ramps, and landings for the building.

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 Hosts Factory Tour at MBI Modular Construction Summit

Posted on: November 16th, 2015 by (No Comments)

Ramtech was pleased to host a tour of RMD’s manufacturing plant for the attendees of the Modular Building Institute’s Dallas Modular Construction Summit held on November 4th at the Hyatt Regency Dallas hotel and conference center. Ramtech’s Mike Slataper, Linc Moss, Roland Brown, and Gary White fielded questions and provided attendees with a perspective on how we approach the manufacturing of relocatable and permanent modular buildings as design-build construction company. Prior to the attendees arriving by bus at our Mansfield headquarters, Linc Moss gave a presentation on project delivery methods and the pros and cons of using them for modular construction. Linc also provided an in-depth discussion of the Texas rules and regulations on the design-build project delivery system and how Ramtech approaches it. The event, open to both MBI members and the general public, drew a diverse audience that heard from industry experts about the latest trends, techniques, and benefits of offsite construction.

Ramtech Moving Rapidly Through Building Finish-out on Lifestyle Management’s Dallas (TX) Area Residential Reintegration Facility

Posted on: November 16th, 2015 by (No Comments)

Lifestyle building under constructionRamtech is now moving quickly through the building finish-out phase for the new Dallas Transitional Center residential reintegration facility for Lifestyle Management Inc. of Edmond, Oklahoma. The brick wainscot and caps have been applied to the building exterior and interior painting has begun. Electrical crews have completed wiring from the main distribution panel to the interior sub-panels and the plumbing contractor has begun installation of several showers and other fixtures. Ramtech is currently pushing for a December finish on the 31,752 square foot project located on a ten acre portion of an existing Dallas County-owned 57 acre site 12 miles south of downtown Dallas. When complete, the building will accommodate up to 296 clients in a facility that includes four 50-man dorms, three 24-man dorms, one 24-woman dorm, two classrooms, a full commercial kitchen, and administrative office space.

Robert Frick Rejoins Ramtech Building Systems as MEP Design Manager

Posted on: October 16th, 2015 by (No Comments)

Robert FrickRamtech has hired commercial MEP design veteran Robert Frick who will join the company’s engineering group as Mechanical, Electrical, Plumbing Design Manager. This marks Robert’s return to Ramtech after 18 years working as an MEP consultant including his most recent position as Vice President and Director of the Education Division for Image Engineering Group of Grapevine, Texas.  In his role at IEG, Robert directed multiple project teams and coordinated all aspects of MEP design including facility assessments, schematic design planning, design development, and construction documentation and administration. Robert rejoins Ramtech at a pivotal time for us as we continue to grow both our traditional permanent modular construction and Accelerated Building System (ABS) prefabricated building process. Robert brings a wealth of experience back to our engineering group, including a broad technical knowledge of sustainable MEP design which will help take us to the next level in developing larger and more sophisticated permanent modular construction projects. (more…)

Ramtech Completes Module Set and Begins Finish-out on Lifestyle Management’s Dallas (TX) Area Residential Reintegration Facility

Posted on: October 1st, 2015 by (No Comments)

Module set
Ramtech is now hitting all cylinders after setting the last 14 modules on Wednesday of last week for the new Dallas Transitional Center residential reintegration facility for Lifestyle Management Inc. of Edmond, Oklahoma.  After pouring the final section of the engineered concrete slab foundation seven days prior to the final set, Ramtech was able to finish the building set in under seven hours and weather-in the rest of the structure.  With the heavy spring rains causing site development delays all around the North Texas region, the speed of permanent modular construction using Ramtech’s Accelerated Building System has been essential in getting the project back on schedule by having the entire structure built and ready for installation as soon as the concrete slab was prepared. Even before the last modules were put in place, the plumbing manifolds, electrical and HVAC ductwork crossovers, fire sprinkler system, and secondary water barrier installations were already well underway. Ramtech is currently on schedule for a December finish on the four fully developed acres that house the 31,752 square foot project.

Ramtech Begins Module Set on Lifestyle Management’s Dallas (TX) Area Residential Reintegration Facility

Posted on: September 22nd, 2015 by (No Comments)

Lifestyle Module SetThe speed of permanent modular construction using Ramtech’s Accelerated Building System is on full display as Ramtech began setting the first of 37 modules last week for the new Dallas Transitional Center residential reintegration facility for Lifestyle Management Inc. of Edmond, Oklahoma. To date 23 modular units have already been crane-set into place while the third and last concrete section for the final 14 modules is readied.  The plumbing, fire sprinkler pipes, and secondary water barrier installation have also begun on the 31,752 square foot project, located 12 miles south of downtown Dallas on a ten acre portion of an existing 57 acre site owned by Dallas County. When complete, the building will accommodate up to 296 clients in a facility that includes four 50-man dorms, three 24-man dorms, one 24-woman dorm, two classrooms, a full commercial kitchen, and administrative office space.  The modular building project includes four fully developed acres to accommodate the residential reintegration facility, 40 parking spaces, two basketball courts, and two covered pavilions.

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.