Posts Tagged ‘Permanent Construction’

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

Posted on: January 30th, 2014 by (No Comments)

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…)

The Green Benefits When Using Permanent Modular Construction

Posted on: December 12th, 2013 by (No Comments)

As Ramtech begins to see more and more projects that are requiring LEED certification and sophisticated sustainability requirements, we have begun the process of developing   an informational guide around sustainable construction alternatives that can aid public school districts in their decision-making process when planning for permanent school expansions. Planned during the first quarter of 2014, Ramtech’s Green Benefits guide will help educate schools on the efficiencies of using sustainable construction techniques that can be realized through the use of permanent modular construction like Ramtech’s highly adaptable Accelerated Building System process. Recognized by the Modular Building Institute, the trade association that represents the commercial modular building industry in promoting permanent modular construction across a wide variety of industries for public, private, and institutional applications, the Green Benefits advantages provide for sustainability through:

  • Less material waste using pre-fabrication in order to make it possible to optimize construction material purchases while minimizing the on-site waste caused by weather related damages.
  • Less site disturbances since the modular structure is constructed simultaneously off-site while the foundation and other site work takes place, thereby reducing the time and impact on the surrounding site environment including reducing the number of vehicles and equipment needed.
  • The off-site construction which helps eliminate the hazards associated with materials, equipment and incomplete construction processes that are typical of construction sites that can attract curious and unwelcome “visitors” (i.e. students on a school expansion project).
  • An adaptability inherent in modular buildings which are frequently designed to quickly add or remove one or more “modules” minimizing the disruptions to adjacent buildings and surroundings.

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Ramtech Receives Redwater (TX) ISD Contract for Permanent Modular Construction

Posted on: November 5th, 2013 by (No Comments)

Last week Ramtech received word that the Redwater (TX) school board has approved a design-build agreement with us to proceed with providing preconstruction services for a 18,348 square foot middle school building to be completed next August prior to the 2014-2015 school year. The proposed $2.6 million project will require demolishing the School District’s existing seven classroom middle school facility and replacing it with a permanent modular building using our Accelerated Building System (ABS) which will accommodate 15 classrooms, a science lab, office area, and data room. The project also includes full site development including the extension and connection of utilities, rerouting an existing bus lane, building up the existing site elevation, and providing for additional sidewalks, canopies, and fencing. The modular school building will be able to accommodate 350 – 400 students and will include full lockers in the interior hallway, a full brick exterior designed to complement the surrounding structures, and textured and painted walls in the interior. (more…)

Looking at the Future of School Construction: Ramtech’s ABS Building System

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

The Accelerated Building SystemWhile the enrollment in public schools throughout the southwest has been growing, the funding for new school construction has not.  Many small and mid-sized rural school districts often have over crowded classrooms but because of the difficulties in passing school bond elections and several years of flat property tax revenues, they do not have the funds necessary to build new schools. However Ramtech has an answer for many districts that find themselves in this situation, and it starts with our Accelerated Building System, a permanent modular construction process that provides quality facilities with up to a 25% cost savings and a substantially shorter construction timeline. (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…)

Commercial Modular Construction Aids Texas Municipalities

Posted on: June 18th, 2013 by (No Comments)

san_antonio_public_works_assembly_area_2013-05-02-50D-IMG_3114Texas is ranked second in population growth in the United States which is putting significant stress on many municipalities.  While large cities like Houston, San Antonio, and the Dallas-Fort Worth area have grown significantly, many of the smaller cities and counties have also shown considerable growth.  In both of these urban and rural areas Ramtech has been a significant contributor for over 30 years in helping to facilitate their growth by providing both relocatable and permanent modular buildings. (more…)

Ramtech Completes Modular Building Project for Aldine ISD

Posted on: June 10th, 2013 by (No Comments)

Ramtech has now completed the four new modular cafeteria buildings originally ordered in February of this year for the Houston-area Aldine Independent School District.  Together totaling 41,216 square feet, two modular buildings were installed at the District’s Nimitz and MacArthur High Schools for use as interim facilities while the renovation of each school’s existing cafeterias are taking place.  Ramtech began the manufacturing phase of the $1.9 million modular construction project prior to the end of February and started the site activities during the first part of March.  Since the buildings were completed, Aldine ISD began providing food service to their students prior to the end of the school year and will continue to do so through-out their summer program. (more…)

2013 Texas Legislative Session Impacts Charter Schools

Posted on: June 3rd, 2013 by (No Comments)

In the recently completed legislative session, the 83rd Texas Legislature passed bills that will dramatically affect the public school system and the way we currently educate our students. Most notably were bills that provided for an increase in the State’s charter school system, reduced the amount of standardized testing, expanded vocational training opportunities for high school graduates, and restored $3.9 billion that was cut two years ago to the state’s school funding budget. Ramtech has been following all of these changes very closely, to see what their impact will be on both relocatable and permanent modular construction(more…)

Ramtech Completes Permanent Modular Office Facility for Gulf Marine Fabricators

Posted on: May 19th, 2013 by (No Comments)

In March of 2011, Ramtech finished the work on a new 15 module 13,600 square foot modular building for Gulf Marine Fabricators of Aransas Pass, TX, a division of Gulf Island Fabrication of Houma, LA.  The prefabricated building replaced four small temporary facilities that were removed in order to meet Gulf Marine’s contract requirement to provide for an administrative office and engineering support center for Chevron USA during the manufacturing phase of Chevron’s Big Foot deep water offshore platform. Now in the second year of the three year development project, Ramtech recently had an opportunity to visit the Gulf Marine site to check on the building and photograph it for an upcoming project profile and case study.  (more…)

Commercial Modular Construction Supports the Growth of Texas Colleges

Posted on: May 14th, 2013 by (No Comments)

Over the last decade the growth in public and private universities, community colleges, and trade schools throughout Texas and the southwest has been significant. This growth has put stress not only on every schools classroom buildings, but also their dormitories and support facilities.   In order to support this growth, many colleges and universities have relied on commercial modular construction to provide additions to their campuses that are less expensive, faster, and of higher quality than most site constructed facilities.  In some cases these projects were for temporary use when permanent construction was taking place, while in other instances the school relied on permanent modular construction to provide long term solutions. (more…)