At the Industrialized Building Code Council meeting held on the 22nd of August the Council approved the adoption of the proposed building codes with the amendments that were presented by the code adoption committee. The new codes are as follows:
• 2015 International Building Code
• 2015 International Residential Code
• 2015 International Mechanical Code
• 2015 International Plumbing Code
• 2015 International Fuel Gas Code
• 2015 International Energy Conservation Code
• 2015 International Existing Building Code
• 2014 National Electrical Code
The IHB Rules require for notification to be made to the public via the Texas Register allowing a 30-day period for public comment. If no comments are received the new codes will become required for all 3 buildings entering production by June 1, 2017. If comments are received another Council meeting will be required and a new effective date will be determined. I feel it unlikely that there will be comments so we should start focusing on June. It is important to add that the June 1 date will be the deadline for approved designs entering in to the production line. So, building design and construction commitment time frames will have to be projected so we have building designs ready to enter the production line well before June. Once we get into next year this will require our estimating department to start projecting on-line dates so we can anticipate the cost impact that the new code editions will create. Before the June 1st deadline, we will have to identify to the Industrialized Housing and Building Division at the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation, the effective date that we intend making the change to the new codes as far as our production on-line is concerned. Once that date is established, we can no longer use designs that are approved to the older codes.
The following is a page that was recently added to all of Ramtech’s websites (www.ramtechmodular.com, www.ramtecheducation.com, and www.ramtechmedical.com). As a design-build modular provider that produces three distinct product lines (relocatable modular buildings, permanent modular construction and pre-fabricated construction), the demands placed on our design group are significant. While there are many great manufacturing companies in this industry that produce outstanding projects, most specialize in a single product offering. Transitioning from something as simple as a portable classroom to a USACE multi-story Brigade / Battalion Headquarters building is not an easy chore. Seamlessly doing this year in and year out is a significant achievement and one that is often easy to overlook. For that reason, we felt a page devoted to our design capabilities was in order. (more…)
Ramtech has completed the setting of the modular sections and is moving into the finish-out phase on the construction of a new 37,329 square foot modular school building for Arlington Classics Academy, located on the charter school’s eleven acre campus in Dalworthington Gardens, Texas. The design-build project is being built using Ramtech’s Accelerated Building System (ABS) prefabricated construction method. Once completed, the facility will provide 24 standard classrooms to accommodate up to 192 students in grades three thru five. The building will also have five special use classrooms for the school’s art, music, speech, and special education programs, and a full cafeteria and kitchen, administrative offices, library annex with tutoring center and learning lab, and a 3,000 square foot multipurpose exercise room with its own dedicated heating and cooling. The requirements for the new building called for full site development including two acres of additional paving which will help ease the amount of vehicular traffic on the main feeder road during student drop-off and pickup. An existing legacy grove of pecan trees has also been integrated into the site design to maintain the original aesthetics of the sites original rural appearance. (more…)
Ramtech will be exhibiting our relocatable modular buildings, permanent modular construction (PMC), and Accelerated Building System (ABS) prefabricated construction capabilities in booth 1032 at the 2016 Texas Municipal League annual conference and exhibition being held on October 5-7 at the Austin Convention Center in Austin, Texas. The annual conference is expected to draw more than 3,000 delegates representing over 300 cities throughout Texas. The conference will begin Wednesday, October 5th at 10:30pm with a keynote address on Re-imagining the 21st Century City by Futurist and Global Strategist Mike Walsh. The other keynote speakers include leadership expert and coach Carol Kinsey Goman, and the Rev. Jeffrey Brown Pastor and President of Rebuilding Every Community Around Peace. (more…)
Ramtech will be exhibiting its portable classrooms, permanent modular school buildings, and Accelerated Building System (ABS) prefabricated modular construction capabilities in booth 53 at the 2016 Texas Charter Schools Conference this week at the new JW Marriott Hotel in downtown Austin, Texas. This year’s theme for the conference is Igniting Leadership! and is expected to draw more than 1,500 attendees representing charter schools throughout Texas. The exhibition will begin Monday, October 3rd at 12:00pm with a welcome reception at 4:30 in the afternoon. The keynote speakers for the conference include Dr. Steve Perry, Head of Schools for Capital Preparatory Schools, former tennis great Andre Agassi, a partner in Turner-Agassi Charter School Facilities Fund, and Bobby Turner, Chairman and CEO of Turner Impact Capital. (more…)
Ramtech recently announced the completion a 16,800 square foot permanent modular office building for Cameron LNG. The new facility is located at Cameron’s liquefied natural gas terminal site along the Calcasieu Channel in Hackberry, Louisiana. The design-build project was built using our Accelerated Building System (ABS) prefabricated construction method, a proprietary system which allows for the rapid installation of factory-built modules which are a fixed directly onto a conventional concrete slab foundation. The Type V-B blast resistant building features individual private offices that use a glass interior storefront partition system around the perimeter of the interior and a large L-shaped clear span office area for multiple cubicles. There are also two large training and conference rooms, and a separate crew room and locker storage area. (more…)
Ramtech will once again be exhibiting our portable classrooms, permanent modular school buildings, and Accelerated Building System (ABS) prefabricated modular construction capabilities in booth 119 at this year’s 2016 TASA/TASB Convention being held at the George R. Brown Convention Center on September 23-24 in Houston. The conference is expected to draw more than 5,000 attendees from public school districts across the state, including 4,000 school board members and their guests, and over 1,000 school administrators including superintendents, associate superintendent, and other key school district personnel. The exhibition will begin Friday September 23 at 8:00am, followed by the first general session in the afternoon with a keynote address from Mike Morath, the current Texas Commissioner of Education. Since the first conference in 1960, the Convention has focused on providing training and continuing education to school district leadership teams in order to develop their roles in the state’s public school system. The conference provides relevant and practical programs and workshops for attendees to meet and talk with their peers from across the state, and the ability to view and source products and services in an exhibit area with close to 400 exhibitors.
This week Ramtech is set to begin installing the buildings for the temporary elementary school campus we have constructed for Deweyville ISD. This project was the result of the district’s needing to meet the challenge of relocating all of their elementary school students to their high school campus as a result of the Sabine River flooding that occurred in March of this year. The relocatable modular education project is a 36 month lease for 11 buildings. Ramtech finished the manufacturing of the final building at the end of last week. The first building to be installed is an 8,064 square foot eight classroom building. This will be followed by a 6,272 square foot multipurpose facility which will include an administrative section for the elementary school staff and the District’s superintendent. The building will have nine offices and a reception area, four bathrooms, a large conference room, computer lab, and a library. The other buildings include a 5,120 square foot cafeteria with a full-service kitchen capable of accommodating 150 students, and eight portable classroom buildings. Ramtech is also working on developing an 11,410 square foot pre-engineered steel building which will provide gymnasium space and a maintenance garage. Ramtech will be responsible for all of the site preparation including the soil remediation and the installation of a lift station. Ramtech is scheduled to complete the modular portion of the project prior to the start of school at the end of August.
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.
Ramtech has completed the construction on the Dallas Transitional Center residential reintegration facility that we built for Lifestyle Management Inc. of Edmond, Oklahoma. Located 12 miles south of downtown Dallas, the 31,752 square foot 296 bed facility was designed, manufactured, and constructed using our Accelerated Building System permanent modular construction method. Located on ten acres of unincorporated land owned by Dallas County, the new facility replaced Lifestyle’s previous 225-bed halfway house in Dallas. The building layout provides for four 50-man dorms, three 24-man dorms, one 24-woman dorm, two activity rooms, a full commercial kitchen, and administrative office space in both wings. Ramtech was responsible for the full site development of the four acres required to accommodate the building, 40 parking spaces, basketball courts, and two covered pavilions. The Dallas Transitional Center contracts with the Texas Department of Criminal Justice to provide halfway house residents with case management, employment placement and reintegration services. The program also provides meals and transportation to treatment programs, jobs, and medical appointments.