Tuesday, 17 September 2019 / Published in Ramtech News
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Booth 878 at the TASA | TASB Conference September 20-22 at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in Dallas

Ramtech will be back on the trade show road this week exhibiting our relocatable modular school buildings and two types of permanent modular construction at the 2019 TASA | TASB Convention at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center on Friday and Saturday September 20 and 21 in Dallas. Dubbed txEd CON19, the annual show 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. Both Jeff Ward and Sabrina Queen will be manning Booth 878 when the show kicks off Friday at 8:30 a.m. The first general session will be Friday afternoon featuring  a keynote address from best-selling author Kevin Carroll who will speak on “Unleashing Growth Through Creativity and Innovation”. (more…)

Tuesday, 10 September 2019 / Published in Education, Modular Building
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Ramtech Eight Classroom Modular Building Under Construction for Cleveland ISD

Ramtech has recently received another order from Cleveland Independent School District for an additional two eight-classroom relocatable modular buildings for its Cleveland Middle School campus. This will bring the total number of Ramtech’s standard portable and multiple classroom wings installed this year at the district’s elementary, middle, and high school campuses to seven buildings. We will complete the manufacturing of the two new facilities this week, and expect to complete the installation phase by the middle of October. As with the previous facilities, the modular school buildings will utilize R-Panel metal siding for the exteriors, with vinyl covered gypsum walls and vinyl composition tile flooring in the interiors. (more…)

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Split-faced Block Installation Using Permanent Modular Construction

Whether it’s a freestanding facility or an addition to an existing building, modular buildings can be designed to meet or exceed the architectural aesthetics of traditional site- built structures. Ramtech’s pier and beam and slab-on-grade permanent modular construction methods can accept any exterior cladding combinations, providing the same curb appeal as site-built structures. This includes brick, block, or stone masonry, an Exterior Insulation Finishing System (EIFS), various fiber-cement sidings, and all types of architectural metal panels.

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Masonry Application to a Pier and Beam Permanent Modular Building

In these images, pre-finished architectural split faced block standard concrete masonry units (CMUs) were chosen to match the exterior of the adjacent main structure. They are accompanied by a wainscot row of smooth white block at the window level with additional split faced block above that rising to two additional bands of white block at the top of the building. Today’s generation of both relocatable and permanent modular buildings have a greater degree of curb appeal and functionality than ever before. This ability to compete with the aesthetics of site-built facilities has led to an increase in the number of design professionals willing to embrace modular building systems.

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The modular units for Carmel Place in NYC under construction. (Courtesy nARCHITECTS)

A very positive review of the current state of the modular construction industry and the future outlook for it was recently published in The Architect’s Newspaper. The article quotes the The National Real Estate Investor which showed that in the last five years the modular construction industry has doubled in size to over $8 billion. The increased productivity and lower overall design and construction costs were indicated as the most significant factors in the choice of using modular construction for commercial projects. The article also references the 2018 Commercial Construction Index economic indicator, a report jointly published by USG Corporation and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce that tracks trends in commercial construction. It showed that more than 70 percent of surveyed contractors see eight distinct benefits in using modular construction including increases in efficiency, productivity, safety, and quality, while reducing risk, costs, material waste, and construction times. The reduction in the overall project timeline also leads to an increase in the opportunity costs by allowing revenue-earning buildings to begin doing so faster than facilities built using other construction methods. The whole article can be viewed here.

 

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Installation of Plywood Sheathing at the Roof Mate Line on a Permanent Modular Building

The materials used in permanent modular construction are no different than site built structures. This includes critical features like roofing applications. For large or small parapet wall facilities with low slope roofs, Ramtech prefers to use and install TPO (Thermoplastic Polyolefin) roofing material because of its durability and flexibility. This type of roofing material will adapt to a building’s movement and setting while still remaining resistant to impact damage, tears, or punctures.

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Installation of DensDeck Prime Roof Board at the Roof Mate Line on a Permanent Modular Building

TPO roofs are resistant to dirt, algae buildup, and debris and will improve a building’s energy efficiency because of it’s substantial heat-reflective properties and the able to minimize the urban heat island effect. They’re also environmentally friendly with ability to be 100% recycled at the end of their lifespan. Ramtech applies the TPO material during the construction phase in our manufacturing plant, then seams the roof at the mate lines it the jobsite. This can be done quickly by nailing in both the plywood sheathing and DensDeck prime roof board before overlaying the TPO to complete the assembly.

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