Last month, McKinsey & Company published a comprehensive study of the growing impact of modular construction in the U.S and Europe. Titled, ‘Modular Construction: From projects to products‘, the study puts into focus what the commercial modular industry has long held to be the case. Namely, that modular can deliver projects 20% to 50% faster than site construction methods while also reducing project costs up to 20%. The report cites the technological improvements, economic demands, and the changing mind-sets that is drawing significant interest and investment which has the potential to vastly change the way projects are built today. The study goes on to show how a shift to modular construction could have a significant positive impact on global productivity by accelerating and compressing the project timeline while alleviating the impact of labor shortages in many areas.. The full report is available for download here.
As a vertically integrated design-build construction company, Ramtech has been at the forefront in developing a beneficial and cost-effective D-B delivery model for commercial modular construction projects. Ever since design-build became available to use for public projects in Texas in the 1990’s, Ramtech has been able to show end-users that D-B can save them money, and is a faster process than design-bid-build or construction manager at risk. There’s a good synopsis on the three methods in this article from buildingindiana.com.
With the rainy spring having eased off somewhat, Ramtech has been in the process of installing the second of two permanent modular buildings for First Baptist Carrollton. The 26,624 square foot project is utilizing Ramtech’s pier and beam permanent modular construction process that will yield two education buildings as part of the church’s relocation from its current location. The first building, a 10,624 square foot facility for adults, was installed in May and incorporates a central corridor with seven classrooms with men’s and women’s restroom facilities on either side. The second building will provide 16,000 square feet of space with two large worship areas, six classrooms, and a boys and girls restrooms for the middle and high school programs. Ramtech developed a grade beam foundation system with drilled and belled piers for both structures, which have been designed to incorporate parapet walls with full masonry exteriors and TPO roofs. The heating and cooling of each building will be accommodated using zoned split system HVAC units. The interiors finishes will utilize vinyl covered gypsum for the walls and a combination of carpet tile, vinyl composition tile, and sheet vinyl for the flooring. Ramtech will also install fire sprinkler systems in both buildings. (more…)
On Thursday, June 6th a ribbon-cutting ceremony and official opening was held at Vance Air Force Base for the relocatable modular building Ramtech designed and constructed for the new home of the 33rd Flying Training Squadron. The 17,284 square foot facility was developed as a five year operating lease and will provide more space for pilot training to allow Vance AFB to increase their pilot graduation rate to increase the number of pilots for the U.S. Air Force. The single-story complex provides space for eight training classrooms, 15 offices, conference room, a squadron briefing room, and an administrative reception area. As part of the contract, Ramtech was responsible for the development of the site including the building pad, extension and connection of all utilities, fire sprinkler and alarm systems, as well as providing all of the office and classroom furniture throughout the building. Ramtech is grateful to have played a part in developing the building and wishes to thank everyone at Vance AFB and all those who helped make this such a successful project.
Ramtech is continuing to work through the complications of a rainy spring as we prepare the foundation for the second of two modular buildings being constructed for First Baptist Carrollton Church in Carrollton, Texas. Even though the weather has been a nuisance, one of the benefits of modular construction is the ability to quickly set and weather-in the complete structure so that the interior finish-out process can begin. This 26,624 square foot project is utilizing our pier and beam permanent modular construction process to provide two education buildings as part of the church’s relocation from its current location. The first building, a 10,624 square foot facility for adults has already been installed and the interior work is proceeding well. This building incorporates a central corridor with seven classrooms and men’s and women’s restroom facilities on either side. The second building’s grade beam foundation with drilled and belled piers is being done in three sections and will be complete before the end of May, allowing for the installation of the 16,000 square foot building at the first of June. This facility will provide space for two large worship areas, six classrooms, and a boys and girls restrooms for the middle and high school programs. Both structures have been designed with parapet walls and full masonry exteriors, TPO roofs, and split system HVAC units. The interiors will utilize vinyl covered gypsum for the walls and a combination of carpet tile, vinyl composition tile, and sheet vinyl for the flooring. Ramtech is also installing fire sprinkler systems in each building.
First Baptist Carrollton plans to relocate from its original Carrollton campus on Josey Lane to its new location known as The Fields at Carrollton Parkway. The church opened their Sports and Recreation Complex there in 2011, then in 2016 opened a second campus for worship and Bible study known as the Church at the Fields. The new modular buildings will sit adjacent to each other as part of a master plan that also includes a new site-built multipurpose worship facility and office buildings for the ministry staff. The project is slated to be complete and ready for occupancy this summer.