Ramtech recently been approved as an American Institute of Architects (AIA) Continuing Education System provider. We will begin offering face-to-face HSW Learning Units through our continuing education courses in Modular and Prefabricated Components. Ramtech’s continuing education program will be available to AIA members located in the West South Central Region which includes the states of Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, and Arkansas. Ramtech will initially offer two courses focusing on every facet of design, manufacturing, and construction of commercial modular buildings. The first course, Modular Design & Construction – A Better Way to Build, is designed to educate the architectural community on the potential advantages gained through the use of permanent modular construction (PMC) for all project stakeholders. The second course will provide a plant tour and walking class of Ramtech’s manufacturing facility to provide instruction on material methods and management, sustainable methods of construction, methods of centralized construction for ICC Building Code compliance, and walk-thrus of finished buildings. Each course will provide one HSW unit that can be applied towards meeting the 18 continuing education learning units that architects are required to have each year for their license renewal.
Ramtech recently completed a 1,904 square foot employee break room with offices, the last of three permanent modular buildings we constructed at two sites for the North Texas Division of Waste Management of Texas, Inc. Beginning in 2017, Ramtech first completed a 9,016 square foot office and dispatch facility at Waste Management’s CNG facility in Fort Worth. We then mobilized to build a 952 square foot scale house at the entrance to the DFW Landfill disposal location in Lewisville, Texas where the third project also took place. The new building provides space for a large break room that accommodates kitchen appliances and vending machines, a men’s and women’s locker room with shower stalls, and private offices. (more…)
After 36 years in business, Ramtech has pursued getting the “Ramtech” name registered with the United States Trademark Office, whenever the name is used in the context of modular buildings or modular construction. After a long, arduous and expensive process, we were granted Registration Number 5,315,557. The registration was issued on October 24, 2017. You may ask, “Why wait 36 years to get your name registered?” The answer is that up until this time, the Ramtech name has never been used in an advertisement by our competition.
Last year, a competitor of Ramtech initiated a pay-per-click campaign where whenever someone searched “Ramtech Building Systems, Inc.”, an ad would pop up asking the question, “Looking for Ramtech?, Try__________”. We view this campaign as a deliberate attempt to confuse and divert potential customers that are specifically searching for Ramtech, to go to another site. This approach to marketing lies within an ethical grey area that we won’t condone and would never practice ourselves; therefore, we feel we must do whatever possible to counter the efforts of that competitor. Our belief is that by registering the Ramtech name, potentially misleading campaigns such as this that use our own brand against us will be taken down by Google and Bing.
Ramtech abides by the Modular Building Institute’s Code of Ethics as well as the Code of Ethics prescribed by the Better Business Bureau, achieving the rating of A+ with the BBB. Since 1982 we’ve thrived under the same ownership and management team. We’ve never been removed from a project, never had our bonding company intervene in the completion of a project, never filed bankruptcy, and have never faced litigation associated with a construction project or the running of our company. These are claims that very few in the construction industry could make, and they are the cornerstone for a reputation and brand name that we’re proud of and will make every effort to protect.
To our friends in the modular industry, we encourage you to run a search using your company’s full name to see if this same ad campaign is being employed against you. Many of you will be surprised. If so, I encourage you to consult legal counsel and confront this company in an effort to stop this practice.
We are pleased to announce that Matt Slataper has joined Ramtech in the role of Vice President. Matt comes to Ramtech from the Houston area where he served as a Vice President in J.P. Morgan’s Investment Banking division. In his new role at Ramtech, he will bring his experience to all areas of Ramtech’s operations with a particular focus on business development. Matt joins Ramtech at a pivotal time as we seek to grow our pier and beam and slab-on-grade permanent modular construction business. Matt’s experience, perspective, and business acumen will be essential as we move forward to position the company for growth in new markets and by expanding our product offerings and developing strategic partnerships. Matt has spent the last 12 years in finance, most recently focused on mergers and acquisitions and capital markets advisory within the oil and gas sector. He has an MBA from the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business and a BBA from Southern Methodist University. He and his wife Tiffany have two children and plan to relocate from Houston to the west side of the Metroplex.
Ramtech’s Modular Buildings for Disaster Recovery Program Aids Hardin-Jefferson ISD with Temporary Middle School
The middle school students of Hardin-Jefferson Independent School District in Sour Lake, Texas closed out their first school year in a temporary middle school campus built Ramtech after the devastating flooding that occurred along the Texas Gulf Coast in August of last year. The 36,908 square foot modular construction project was installed on the grounds of the school district’s high school, and will serve as a replacement for Henderson Middle School until a new permanent facility can be constructed in the future. The relocatable modular school buildings that make up the interim use facility include 34 classrooms inside 17 portable classroom buildings, a full-service cafeteria and dining hall, two modular toilet facilities, boys and girls locker rooms, a library, and an administrative office area. The buildings all use light sand colored R-Panel metal siding on the exteriors, and are finished-out with lay-in ceilings, vinyl covered gypsum walls, and a combination of commercial grade carpet and vinyl composition tile flooring for the interiors. Heating and cooling of the structures are accommodated by Bard exterior wall-mounted HVAC units. Ramtech completed its scope of work in 45 days, beginning in mid-September and less than two weeks after the Sour Lake community’s receiving over 61 inches of rain. (more…)
The Beaumont ISD project is using Ramtech’s Slab-on-Grade Permanent Modular Construction approach. The foundation prep is almost complete and the 17 modules that make up the building will be crane set next week.
Ramtech recently installed a modular office building at the beginning of the 2017-2018 academic year at the main campus of Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas. The 1,600 square foot facility will be used by the University’s Department of Animal and Food Sciences for human-dog interaction research as part of a program to assess the helpfulness of therapy dogs in educational settings including children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. (more…)
Ramtech recently completed the installation phase on a new eight classroom modular school building for Alpine Christian School in Alpine, Texas. The 8,064 square foot facility will be used for the private school’s Kindergarten thru 12th grade students beginning at the start of the 2018-19 academic school year. Using one of our standard classroom inventory designs, the value-engineered facility utilizes an R-panel metal siding exterior with wall-mounted HVAC units zoned for maximum heating and cooling efficiency. Ramtech’s scope of work on-site included the setting of the building on a pad prepared by the school’s contractor. Once power is provided to the site, Ramtech will finish the remaining interior work including the vinyl composition tile flooring. (more…)
Ramtech is pleased to welcome Chad Shaw as our new business development specialist focusing on our commercial and government markets. Chad comes to us with extensive experience in the commercial modular building industry, having worked for a diverse group of companies including dealers, minority contractors, and direct manufacturers. He also has a comprehensive background in building strategic partnerships in order to pursue, negotiate, and execute all types and sizes of design-build modular projects.
Chad is a graduate of the University of Houston where he was a four-year letterman on the football team. He resides in North Richland Hills with his wife Clarissa and three children. We look forward to Chad being part of the Ramtech team and in his ability to help Ramtech now and well into the future.
The Modular Building Institute awarded Ramtech’s Roland Brown with the organization’s prestigious Outstanding Achievement Award at the trade association’s 35th annual World of Modular convention and trade show held March 22-25 in Hollywood, Florida. Roland received the award from Mike Slataper and Linc Moss who were both on hand during the convention’s awards banquet at the conclusion of the conference. In presenting the award, Linc remarked, “During his 37 year career, Roland Brown has created many unique structural designs helping Ramtech to be recognized as an innovator while contributing enormously to the technical evolution of the commercial modular industry.” The MBI’s Outstanding Achievement Award is given annually to one individual honoring their exemplary contribution and service to the commercial modular building industry and to the Modular Building Institute. (more…)