Posts Tagged ‘Permanent Construction’

Modular Construction Faces Challenges at Louisiana LNG Site

Posted on: March 24th, 2015 by (No Comments)

Ramtech’s upcoming commercial modular office building project for Cameron LNG, a liquefied natural gas processing facility located in the delta of southern Louisiana, will present some unique structural design challenges. These include resisting wind speeds of 150 mph, the potential of blast forces created by an accidental explosion, and the structurally weak soils that exist at the building location. The Louisiana delta was formed from sediment picked up by the flowing water along the Mississippi River’s path which is then deposited at the river’s end. These soils are loose silts which provide almost no structural strength, certainly not enough to support a modular building let alone the other heavy processing equipment that will exist at the site. This type of environment calls for foundations that are typically supported by piles that are drilled or driven into the ground instead of using spread footings which we use in most of the areas in which we do work.  
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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.

Built to Last – NOAA Ft. Worth Weather Forecast Office Renews Lease on Ramtech Permanent Modular Building

Posted on: November 25th, 2014 by (No Comments)

NOAARamtech announced this week that we reached an agreement with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) on a new 15 year lease (with ten years guaranteed) for the agency’s National Weather Service Weather Forecast Office that we built for them in Fort Worth back in 1993.  Originally leased by NOAA for ten years with a ten-year option, the new gross lease includes janitorial, maintenance, and landscaping services along with covering emergency 24/7 response, casualty insurance, and taxes.  Ramtech acted as the owner-developer on the project, while also designing and manufacturing the 10,500 square foot modular office building that sits on a fully fenced 4.55 acre site with 24-hour security. One of our most featured permanent modular construction projects over the years, the renewal of the building lease after 20 years of use is ample evidence that permanent modular buildings are just as durable and can achieve the same life spans as conventional site-built structures. (more…)

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…)

Ramtech Awarded Contract from the City of Austin (TX) Watershed Protection Department for Sustainable Modular Office Building

Posted on: November 3rd, 2014 by (No Comments)

Ramtech has received a contract award from the City of Austin to provide an 8,064 square foot modular office building that will be located at the City’s Watershed Protection Department. The new facility will provide space for 14 private offices, a conference room, a large training classroom, and restrooms with showers and adjacent locker areas. The project will also incorporate a number of sustainable features into the building’s design and construction, beginning with the use of Ramtech’s traditional permanent modular construction approach. (more…)

Ramtech Receives Notice of Award from Brackett ISD

Posted on: October 9th, 2014 by (No Comments)

Brackett Final RenderingRamtech has announced that Brackett ISD has given us a notice of award for a design-build proposal that will provide for the modular construction of an 11,616 square foot freestanding classroom wing for the District’s high school campus.  Ramtech plans to employ the use of our traditional wood-framed permanent modular construction approach for a parapet wall designed facility that will incorporate a HardiePanel exterior with site applied Ultra-Crete finish. The heating and cooling will be accommodated with rooftop HVAC units mounted on a TPO covered roof. The interior floor plan will accommodate seven classrooms, two computer labs, two offices, content mastery room, an IT room, and student staff restrooms. Ramtech expects to have the project completed during March of 2015. (more…)

Ramtech Moves to Start Production of Avalon ISD Permanent Modular Building

Posted on: June 24th, 2014 by (No Comments)

Ramtech has received the notice of acceptance from Avalon (TX) ISD for the lump sum proposal part of the design-build contact for the permanent modular construction of a 4,480 square foot classroom wing addition for the North-central Texas school district’s high school campus.  The $912,000 four classroom modular school building will be installed at grade level on a concrete stem wall foundation adjacent to the school’s existing structure and connected via a walkway with covered canopy. The facility will utilize a parapet type exterior wall which will incorporate a brick exterior finish designed to integrate with the look of the existing building. Ramtech has been contracted to provide all of the civil design services, as well as integrating the existing fire alarm system with the new modular building. We will also be responsible for redesigning and constructing a new bus lane for the school to accommodate the increased traffic. The manufacturing of the building modules is scheduled to begin during the second week of July, then the five floor sections will be crane-set and installed by August 15th. Ramtech expects to have the entire project completed prior to the end of September.

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…)