Posts Tagged ‘Modular Construction’

Pedernales Electric Opens New Modular Building From Ramtech

Posted on: September 16th, 2014 by (No Comments)

Pedernales ElectricPedernales Electric Cooperative (PEC) has opened the new modular office building that Ramtech built for the company’s existing Marble Falls, TX site. The new 2,255 square foot payment processing office will serve the company on an interim basis while Pedernales Electric evaluates plans to develop a new site in the future to meet their expected growth and customer service needs. The Type V wood frame structure features a canopy-covered vehicle drive-through with a bullet resistant teller window, along with an entrance to the facility that incorporates an ornate set of wood steps and ramps designed to meet all accessibility standards. Heating and cooling of the building is accommodated with a five-ton split system zoned to accommodate the walk-up payment lobby, a large office room, two open office areas, and a break room. The interior office areas are finished out with VCG walls and a combination of VCT and carpet floor coverings, while the exterior utilizes a factory applied HardiePanel fiber cement vertical siding. (more…)

Blue Ridge Methodist Selects Ramtech For New Modular Church Project

Posted on: August 26th, 2014 by (No Comments)

First United Methodist Church of Blue Ridge, Texas has approved the design portion of Ramtech’s design-build proposal for the construction of a new 10,250 square foot modular church building that will be placed on the Church’s new 18 acre site.  The estimated $1.2 million project will be configured as an L-shaped structure in order to maximize the available space for a worship center, three offices, eight adult and children’s’ classrooms, and a daycare center. This will allow First United to replace their existing facility with a new modular building that can meet their current needs for the next three to five years. The Church ultimately plans to construct a permanent building complex which will then allow the modular building to be used exclusively by the youth ministry. Once the manufacturing of the modular sections begins, Ramtech expects to have the project completed in less than 120 days. (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…)

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…)

Ramtech Wins MBI Awards of Distinction for West ISD Modular Buildings

Posted on: April 8th, 2014 by (No Comments)

Ramtech received a first place award in the Relocatable Modular Education Over 10,000 Square Feet category at the Modular Building Institute’s World of Modular annual convention and tradeshow held at the JW Marriott Hill Country Resort March 21-24 in San Antonio, Texas. The award was for the instructional and support facilities we built for the West (TX) ISD.  The modular school project serves as the District’s middle and high school campus which are temporarily replacing the permanent buildings that were destroyed by the massive fertilizer plant explosion on April 17 of last year. Ramtech took just 90 days to complete the new campus which is located on the existing West Middle School site.  The interim campus is part of the first phase of The Restore West ISD building program which comprises 28 separate structures including 17 new relocatable modular buildings that were designed, manufactured, and installed by Ramtech.  The 69,776 square foot modular construction project includes three 10-classroom buildings, four computer and science labs, two locker room buildings, an administrative office, cafeteria, band hall, and a life skills building. (more…)

Setting the Record Straight on Design-Build Modular Construction for Texas Schools

Posted on: March 27th, 2014 by (No Comments)

Why do school districts in Texas as well as many architectural firms believe that design-build is not a superior method of contracting for public school construction?  The arguments often center on the schools not knowing the final cost of the project until it is completed; that many school projects come in over budget; and that the design-build team will lower the quality of the construction in order to meet the district’s budget. While this could be an issue with some common applications of design-build that other companies take, Ramtech has developed a vertically integrated permanent modular construction approach to design-build that eliminates these concerns while providing a less expensive school facility which can be completed faster than using the design-bid-build or construction manager delivery methods. (more…)

Changes to Time Warrant Financing Provide New Construction Possibilities for Texas Public Schools

Posted on: January 30th, 2014 by (1 Comment)

Financial instruments known as Time Warrants have been available to Texas public schools since 1995, however their flexibility for use in construction projects was limited due to their $500,000 maximum loan amounts and terms that were restricted to no more than five years. Now that’s all changed, thanks to the efforts of Southlake, Texas-based Government Capital Corporation and the Texas Rural Education Association.  Effective September 1, 2013 the legislature passed House Bill 2610 which dramatically improved the efficiencies of using Time Warrant financing by expanding the terms up to 15 years and increasing the maximum loan amounts to $1 million. This means that school districts that have a need for capital improvement projects can supplement their available cash balances with Time Warrant financing, eliminating the need to obtain additional voter approved bonds. (more…)