Ramtech Building Systems recently completed a new modular school building complex for charter school operator KIPP Delta in Blytheville, Arkansas. A team that included Ramtech, Stuck and Associates Architects, and Rowan Construction took just 120 days to complete a new 24,500 square foot campus that included 16 elementary school classrooms, 8 middle school classrooms, a food service-cafeteria, and an administration building. The key to the rapid completion of the project was the use of Ramtech’s modular building system which saved KIPP both time and money when compared to traditional site construction. (more…)
“Sustainable”, “Green”, and “LEED certified” are terms often used in the construction industry to reference buildings that are designed and constructed in an environmentally responsible way. This means building in greater energy efficiencies, using fewer natural resources during construction, and creating a healthier workplace while reducing pollution and waste. The primary challenge in achieving sustainable construction lies in its cost. During tough economic times it can be difficult for an owner to invest in the resources necessary to meet LEED or voluntary IgCC requirements. However, a recent article in the Guardian references how America’s commercial, institutional, and governmental agencies could learn a great deal from the success Europe and China are having by using a familiar, cost effective means to achieve sustainability: permanent modular construction. (more…)
Texas has several of the fastest growing public school districts in the country, and much of this growth is taking place in areas within the major metropolitan areas of Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston, San Antonio, and Austin. A major challenge for these districts is how they can expand their facilities during periods of state and local funding cutbacks. For some, the answer is to add new campuses, while for others it is to expand their existing schools. In almost every case the latter makes the most economic sense, particularly when the cost of building a new school ranges from $20-60 million then you add on the financial challenges of managing the overhead costs associated with additional principals, coaches, security and maintenance personnel, and other staff functions. So when a school district makes the decision to expand an existing school with permanent facilities, they should strongly consider utilizing the most cost effective construction approach available – permanent modular construction. (more…)
It’s a fact… America’s baby boomers are getting older. In 2010, it was estimated that 40 million Americans, 13% of the population, were 65 years of age or older. By the year 2050, this number is expected to grow to 88 million Americans, over 20% of America’s population. (more…)
Over the last ten years, Ramtech Building System has worked as a major subcontractor to Hensel Phelps Construction Company on numerous federal projects. Recently, Hensel Phelps selected Ramtech to build a permanent modular barracks facility at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, TX. Ramtech was chosen not only because its pricing was competitive, but it was clearly the most experienced modular construction contractor. “We have designed, manufactured, and constructed sophisticated permanent modular buildings for the federal government since 1982, and our technical team that includes engineering, production, construction, safety, and quality control managers and employees are superior to any other modular company in the Southwest.”
The Fort Sam Houston project is a four story AIT barrack facility that will be utilized by the US Army. It is 113,300 square feet and all design, manufacturing, and site construction is expected to be completed within 16 months. Other modular construction projects completed by Ramtech for Hensel Phelps include:
- Air Force Academy Colorado Springs: 20,000 sq ft transitional Medical Facility
- Ft Hood Texas: 120,000 sq ft of Army Barracks for 4th Infantry Division
- Ft Bliss Texas: 400,000 sq ft of Company Operations Facilities, US Army
- Ft Polk Louisiana: 68,000 sq ft Army Operation Facilities, Foreign Security Transition Forces
- Dallas, Texas, Love Field: 15,000 sq ft joint Administration offices Southwest Airlines & Dallas Aviation
These permanent modular building projects total 740,000 square feet and each and every project has been successfully completed on-time, on budget and accepted by the owner.
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.