At 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 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…)
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…)
Ramtech is pleased to announce that Randy Van Zandt has been promoted to the position of Vice President of Construction. In his new role, Randy will be in charge of managing the day-to-day modular construction operations, all in-house construction personnel, and subcontractor relationships. He will also be responsible for developing the construction department budgets, and will work closely with our sales and estimating departments to insure that our client needs and expectations are being met. Randy will continue to report to Linc Moss, Ramtech’s President. (more…)
Ramtech has released a new video that highlights the recently completed modular construction of the instructional and support facilities for the West (TX) ISD’s replacement middle and high school campus. Narrated by Dr. Marty Crawford, the District’s superintendent of schools, the video highlights the modular school buildings that are located on the West Middle School site which was destroyed by the massive fertilizer plant explosion on April 17 of last year. The temporary campus is comprised of 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.
Ramtech has released a new promotional video that highlights a five-classroom relocatable modular building recently designed, manufactured, and constructed for Annunciation Orthodox School in Houston, TX. The new 6,400 square foot facility allowed Annunciation Orthodox to relocate their existing pre-K program from an older facility to the new modular school building as part of the private school’s long-range master plan. The modular construction project required the demolition of an existing building adjacent to the main campus structure which had been used as a storage facility for several years.
Ramtech has released an additional video testimonial that highlights the design, manufacture, and construction of an eight-classroom modular building recently built for the Hico Independent School District in Hico, TX. The new 8,064 square foot facility was part of a modular construction project that included the purchase of the modular school building as well as leasing two of Ramtech’s industry-leading portable classrooms through the Texas BuyBoard cooperative purchasing network. As part of a district wide facility consolidation program the multiple classroom building was installed on an adjacent parking lot at the current junior high school location in order to accommodate pre-kindergarten and elementary school students. (more…)
Ramtech has released a new promotional video highlighting our line of multiple classroom options for facility additions and expansions at public and private schools. The video provides an opportunity for educators to view the benefits of using our relocatable modular building designs which range in size from 4 to 16 classrooms and can be used to meet a wide variety of temporary or long-term use requirements. The video is part of our integrated promotional campaign designed to highlight a standard floor plan six-classroom modular wing addition that was installed as a demonstration facility adjacent to our corporate headquarters and manufacturing plant. The video will emphasize our abilities and show prospective school clients how they can meet their facility requirements using our customizable multiple classroom buildings. As a full service design-build construction company, we can provide them with a first-hand look at what we can be done using our approach to relocatable buildings and permanent modular construction.
For over 30 years we have provided public, private, and faith-based schools throughout the Southwest with portable classroom buildings through an inventory program that typically keeps over 50 two-classroom modular buildings (both with and without restrooms) on hand for immediate delivery. Available using sale or lease options, our program has enabled us to become the largest supplier of portable classrooms in the Southwest. During 2012, Ramtech provided nearly 100 portable classroom buildings to public, private, and charter schools in a five state area. The primary advantages to the two classroom modular building is they require little if any site preparation and are easily relocated as the needs of the school change. While multiple classroom buildings often require more site development, they do provide the look and feel of permanent facilities and are much faster and less expensive than actual site constructed school additions. They also can lead to a safer environment by allowing teachers and students to change classes while remaining in the same building for an entire school day. Individual classroom buildings can be designed and constructed to address requirements for computer and science labs, administrative offices, and specialty classrooms for all age groups. Exterior finishes can be as simple and low cost as R-panel steel siding, or as permanent looking as synthetic stucco or brick veneer paneling. The interior finishes are very similar to site constructed buildings including the use of T-grid ceilings, recessed lighting, vinyl covered sheetrock walls, and vinyl composition tile or carpeted floors. Custom multiple classroom buildings can also be designed, manufactured, and installed usually within a 60-90 day time frame depending on the site conditions and local permitting requirements.
Gary White is Vice President of Sales & Estimating at Ramtech Building Systems, Inc. He has been in the commercial modular industry for 33 years and is responsible for the management of all sales and estimating efforts across each of Ramtech’s key market segments: Education, Government, Medical, and Commercial.
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…)
Hidalgo County has occupied and is now using the three modular buildings that were purchased to be used as interim facilities during the County’s renovation of their existing courtroom structures which is expected to take 18-24 months. Built by Ramtech and purchased through the Texas Buyboard network purchasing cooperative, two of the buildings are providing courtroom and administrative support space for criminal, civil, and family and child protective services cases, while the third structure is being used for administrative space for the District Clerk’s office. (more…)