Ramtech has now completed the manufacturing phase of the 26 non-combustible steel framed modular sections for the permanent modular office building we are developing for Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) in Los Alamos, NM. With the site preparation already completed, Ramtech has now begun installing the modular sections that will make up the 22,992 square foot structure which will take until the second week of August. The installation process will include the crane-setting of the first-floor modules and welding them all in place, installing an elevator, and then crane setting and anchoring the second floor of the building.
The two-story facility is being built in LANL’s Technical Area 35 using Ramtech’s Slab-on-Grade Permanent Modular Construction process. The building will include an atrium entry area, elevator, and two stairwells. The floor plan calls for 15 personal business offices, along with large open spaces that can accommodate multiple furniture cubicles and two conference rooms on each floor. The building layout also provides for a central core on each floor for restrooms and two communications rooms.
The facility requires the use of sustainable materials and building methods and is being constructed to meet the requirements for a seismic class C structure. Ramtech’s scope of work included the demolition of an existing parking lot and the use of extensive backfilling to level out the entire site, along with providing two retention ponds and an asphalt parking lot. The turnkey project requires us to perform all the necessary site work including the extension and connection of utilities. The exterior finishes call for a permanent look using Firestone Hi-Rib horizontal metal panels and a TPO roof. The interior materials and finishes have all been chosen based upon aesthetics, sustainability, durability, and ease of maintenance in order to provide a facility that promotes an exceptional work environment for the building’s occupants. We expect to have the project completed prior to May of 2023.
Ramtech is proud to announce that we received two Awards of Distinction trophies at the 39th annual Modular Building Institute 2022 World of Modular Conference and Tradeshow held April 25-28 at the La Cantera Resort & Spa in San Antonio, Texas. The highly attended sold-out conference returned to an in-person event this year after operating as a digital only event due to the COVID-19 pandemic in 2021.
Ramtech received a first first-place award in the Permanent Office Over 10,000 square foot for our 22,680 square foot two-story multi-use office building constructed for Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico. Designated as a Multi-Use Office Building (MUOB) project, the new facility was built using our innovative slab-on-grade permanent modular construction process and installed adjacent to LANL’s main headquarters. The permanent modular office building provides space for 67 personal offices in three sizes, an open center area on both floors to accommodate 12 freestanding office spaces using custom furniture cubicles, and an atrium area at the structures entrance. The exterior finish complemented the adjacent structures through the use of durable Hi-Rib horizontal metal panels at grade and an Exterior Insulation and Finish System (EIFS) with stucco textures that accent the buildings geometry.
Ramtech also received an honorable mention award in the Permanent Modular Retail category for the 2.400 square foot pre-owned car dealership sales center we provided to Payne Auto Group in Edinburg, TX. The Type VB building was built using our pier and beam permanent modular construction process with a concrete stem wall foundation. The facility features seven offices around the perimeter of the building with 4’0 x 6’0 windows for easy viewing between rooms, a large customer waiting and reception area, and an employee breakroom. The exteriors utilized a parapet wall design with a combination of HardiePanel and 26-gauge high-rib steel R-Panel siding.
Last week Ramtech returned as an exhibitor to the National Rural Health Association’s 45th annual Rural Health Conference which was held at the Albuquerque Convention Center in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Ramtech, and our relocatable building and permanent modular construction capabilities, were represented by our healthcare sales specialist Jade Pulfer, who debuted one of our new retractable BannerStands at the exhibition. Produced as a set of three stands by The Trade Group, the new BannerStands provide Ramtech with the flexibility of using them in a combination of one or two panels integrated into our existing trade show booths, or as a set to produce a convenient standalone backdrop.
Ramtech recently made a significant addition to our engineering and design department by welcoming on board industry veteran Todd Alexander to serve as our Structural Engineer. Todd brings to Ramtech a broad background in structural design in the development of pre-engineered projects for a wide variety of industrial and commercial applications. His previous work experience also includes the successful management and leadership of a diverse range of engineering and design groups.
Todd joins Ramtech at a pivotal time for us as we seek to grow both our traditional and slab-on-grade permanent modular construction business. In welcoming Todd, Roland Brown said, “Todd brings to Ramtech over 30 years of relatable experience in the design of buildings using structural steel, concrete, masonry, and heavy timber and logs, along with the use of dimensional wood and light gauge steel primarily used in modular construction. His experience with this wide variety of structural systems has enabled him to create designs from small homes to large commercial complexes which will allow Ramtech to continue developing the kinds of projects and products that can facilitate our future growth plans.
After graduating from Texas Tech University with a degree in Civil Engineering Todd began his career with RMG Engineers in Colorado Springs, Colorado. In short order he became a Professional Engineer and assumed the role of managing the residential design department. After later moving to Energy Panel Structures in Graettinger, Iowa, he became a Senior Engineer and assumed the responsibility for the structural design of the agricultural, industrial, commercial, and residential buildings that the company sold. Prior to joining Ramtech, Todd was a Principal Engineer with GreenWorks Inspections and Engineering in Dallas where he was hired to form an engineering department to provide comprehensive consulting services for foundation designs and inspections. He holds professional licenses in nine states and is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers and the American Forest and Paper Association. He has also participated with multiple building and technical review committees during his career.
This week the manufacturing process for the 9,856 sq. ft. ‘Learning Cottage’ for Prestonwood Christian Academy North of Prosper, Texas is in full swing with the last floor going online today. The prodthe manufacturing process for the 9,856 sq. ft. ‘Learning Cottage’ for Prestonwood Christian Academy North of Prosper, Texas is in full swing with the last floor going online today. uction on the eleven modular sections will take place until the middle of next week at which time all of the modules will have been prepared to ship to the job site. Ramtech’s scope of work after the building installation will be to provide the utility point of connections, the interior finish-out, and the construction of the wood steps, ramps, and decks. The project is slated for completion prior to the 2022-23 academic school year.
As the country’s fastest growing private school, the traditional modular building will add additional facility space to accommodate the school’s middle school students. The building floor plan includes eight classrooms, a multi-use commons area, administrative space for two offices and a conference room, and boys and girls’ restrooms. The exterior of the building will utilize a parapet wall design finished with HardiePanel fiber cement vertical siding to blend in with the adjacent existing structures.