The world’s tallest hotel is set to be built using modular construction in Manhattan’s NoMad neighborhood. Within five years it is estimated that 25% of all new hotel construction will use permanent modular construction as the preferred building method. Read more about it from the Bloomberg article here
Modular buildings are so hot they’ve even been considered for the Red Planet. A multimillion-dollar contest which was launched in 2015 by NASA challenged architectural teams to come up with various designs suitable for Mars. The goal is to provide future Mars inhabitants with permanent homes and other structures. A modular building idea from Arkansas-based Team Zoperhous, was a finalist in NASA’s Mars Habitat Design Competition. Read about it here:
Ramtech has over 35 years of extensive experience in mobilizing our physical and human resources to quickly and efficiently provide inventory or custom relocatable modular buildings for disaster recovery relief efforts. Throughout our history we’ve been able to answer the call both domestically and internationally when tragedy strikes. In 1995 Ramtech rebuilt multiple schools after Hurricane Marilyn devastated the U.S. Virgin Islands. In 2013, after a massive fertilizer plant explosion destroyed parts of the city of West, Texas Ramtech was able to provide a temporary 69,776 square foot middle and high school campus comprised of 28 separate structures in 60 days. When torrential rains in March 2016 caused the forced release of water from the Sabine River resulting in the flooding of the community of Deweyville, Texas, Ramtech mobilized to provide over 25,000 square feet to replace the local school district’s damaged elementary school. Ramtech is experienced in helping our clients acquire funding sources for short and long-term leasing options as well as working with FEMA and other federal, state, and local government agencies in expediting the acquisition and construction process. For more information on modular buildings for disaster recovery, visit our website at RamtechModular.com
Ramtech Wins Three Awards of Distinction at the Modular Building Institute’s 2019 World of Modular Convention
Ramtech was recognized with three Awards of Distinction honors at this year’s Modular Building Institute World of Modular annual convention and trade show in Las Vegas, Nevada. Ramtech received a First Place award in the Relocatable Modular Assembly category for the Denver International Airport Concourse A Expansion project, a 38,920 square foot Type II facility completed in 180 days which added six gates and a food concession area.
We also received two Honorable Mention awards. In the Permanent Modular Special Application category, we were cited for the payment scale house we designed and built for Waste Management, Inc. The second Honorable Mention award was for the innovative custom redesign of our industry standard portable classrooms. Developed in collaboration with Pfluger Architects to meet the needs of the Eanes (TX) Independent School District, Ramtech received the award in the Relocatable Modular Education Under 10,000 square feet category for the innovative Learning Studios project.
The 2019 Modular Building Institute Awards of Distinction program included hundreds of entries in categories for relocatable, permanent, and renovated modular buildings, as well as for marketing and promotional pieces. The Awards of Distinction competition includes over 30 categories in which MBI members including manufacturers, dealers, and product and service providers can submit entries. The building awards are judged by an independent panel of building design and construction experts on architectural excellence, technical innovation & sustainability, cost effectiveness, and energy efficiency.
Ramtech Begins Manufacturing of Modular Office Building for Dallas County Sheriff’s Department Academy
Ramtech has begun the manufacturing phase on the 25,243 square foot modular office building we are constructing for the Dallas County Sheriff’s Department Academy. Designed and developed using our slab-on-grade permanent modular construction process, the building will allow the Sheriff’s department to consolidate their training program for new recruits into one facility located 12 miles South of downtown Dallas in an unincorporated area of Dallas County.
The new modular office building will provide for two large basic training rooms, three large in-service training rooms, five offices for the senior staff, and a clerical area. There are also separate rooms for driving and shooting simulation, a library, and multiple storage areas. Ramtech will be responsible for the concrete foundation and providing one point of connection for all the utilities at the building line. The exterior incorporates a parapet wall design with a combination of 26 gauge steel siding and brick. The interior of the building was designed to accommodate a nine foot ceiling height throughout facility. The walls will be textured coated and painted, while the floors in designated areas will utilize sealed concrete, epoxy, vinyl composition tile, and carpet tiles. The heating and cooling of the building will be accommodated with zoned rooftop HVAC units.
The Dallas Sheriff’s Department Training Section is a licensed academy with the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE). The new training center will be in the same area as the Dallas Transitional Center, a residential reintegration facility for Lifestyle Management Inc. that was built using the same slab on grade permanent modular construction process. We expect to have the project completed prior to the end of August.
Good article by Angelo Verzoni in the NFPA (National Fire Protection Association) Journal on how the commercial modular industry is experiencing an increased level of acceptance and cooperation from the building codes and standards agencies. This is due in large part to the efforts of the Modular Building Institute, the international trade association for the commercial modular industry. As the MBI’s executive director Tom Hardiman points out in the piece, “we were successful in the 2018 [International Building Code] in getting standard language included for the approval process for modular ‘relocatable buildings,’” he said. “We want to expand upon that effort and create a standard process for approval of all modular buildings. That’s a bit of a longer-term project but we plan on working with ICC this year to get it off the ground.”
Read how modular construction is rapidly becoming a primary building option for designers, builders, and owners here.
Ramtech has announced the purchase of four modular buildings by Humble Independent School District. The district purchased two of Ramtech’s industry standard portable double classrooms, a multiuse building with two classrooms and two offices, and a 576 square foot boys and girls restroom facility. As a long-time customer of Ramtech, beginning in 2005 Humble ISD has purchased 35 buildings which are currently in use at eleven of its 43 campuses. The facilities include portable classrooms, restroom facilities, combination classroom and office buildings, and a life skills facility for their innovative MOSAIC transition program. Designed for students who received special education services through a modified high school curriculum and are ready to actively transition into young adult life, the building features instructional space for eight classrooms, two fully-simulated apartments with kitchens and showers, and a retail store for the sale of student manufactured items.
This article in ThomasNet gives a current glimpse as to why modular construction is gaining momentum among owners, general contractors, architects, and developers. Some interesting facts in the links that support the rationale to choose modular construction for:
- Shorter time to occupancy
- Reduced material costs
- Mitigation of the labor shortage
- Improved construction safety
Ramtech was pleased to welcome two groups of Waxahachie ISD high school students who joined us on Tuesday and Wednesday of last week to receive a modular construction presentation and a manufacturing plant tour by Ramtech president Linc Moss. Linc was able to show the attendees how Ramtech develops relocatable and permanent modular building projects and explained the differences inherent in modular construction versus traditional site-built construction. The students also got to see the different stages of the manufacturing process for the Vance Air Force Base Training Squadron Building which is currently online in our manufacturing plant.
The office of Governor Greg Abbott has announced the reappointment of Ramtech’s Roland Brown to another term on the Texas Industrialized Building Code Council. Roland is one of ten new and existing member appointments made by Governor Abbot to the 12 member council. He was originally appointed by former Governor Rick Perry in October 2010, and currently serves as the Presiding Officer of the council which functions as an advisory board for the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation on issues related to the regulation of the industrialized housing and commercial building industries. Roland is the vice president of Design and Development for Ramtech and also serves as the government affairs chairman and vice president-elect for the Modular Building Institute, the international nonprofit trade association that serves the commercial modular construction industry. Roland began his career in the commercial modular industry in 1981 and is a member of the International Code Council where has contributed as an advocate to addressing code and compliance issues for the modular industry.