An 18,088 square foot middle school facility for the Blue Ridge Independent School District, Blue Ridge, Texas opened the 2011/2012 school year this past Monday (8/29/2011). The building utilizes Ramtech’s Accelerated Building System which provides the speed, quality, and flexibility of prefabricated building components combined with the durability of an engineered slab-on-grade concrete foundation. This facility provides the District with 13 standard classrooms, a science classroom with prep room, administrative office space, book storage, computer server room, janitor’s area, and restrooms for students and staff. The all masonry exterior matches the adjacent existing high school and features a parapet wall profile and a radius metal canopy at the entrance. The site work elements include curb and gutters, a 64 space concrete parking lot, sidewalks, storm drainage and extension/connection of all utilities.
Ramtech worked closely with Blue Ridge in development of the project dating back to January of 2010. Our design, estimating and marketing staff even assembled material to aid the District with their bond election and bond financing. Once that was secured, designs and construction documents, approvals, permits, factory fabrication and field construction were all handled by Ramtech providing the District with true “one-stop-shopping”. Blue Ridge could not be happier with the outcome. District Superintendent Todd Lintzen said, “Working with Ramtech has been a pleasant experience while as with any construction project there have been some challenges, they did everything they said they’d do and we’re very happy with the quality and cost savings.” Two other Texas school districts as well as an Oklahoma district have toured the facility showing interest in Ramtech’s Accelerated Building System as a solution for their future expansion needs.
Mike Smith works in Business Development for Ramtech Building Systems, Inc. He serves primarily the Education Market where he has experience in sales, estimating, and project management of permanent school facilities. Mike has worked in the construction industry for 36 years.