Ramtech Completes Modular Building Installation Phase for the Terminal Expansion at Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport
Affordable Structures, Ramtech’s installation contractor, has finished the installation of the nine modular sections for the expansion of the passenger terminal at Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport in Panama City Beach, Florida. The project has now moved on to the finish-out of the exterior of the facility. We expect that work to be completed in the next two weeks.
Ramtech is working as a subcontractor to Allstate Construction of Tallahassee, Florida the general contractor on the project. Our scope of work on the project began with the core and shell manufacturing of the Type II-b all steel modular building. Once the 7,168 square foot permanent modular building is complete, it will add terminal seating for 300 people at gates 6 and 7 which provide ground loading access to the airports’ regional and commuter airline partners. The airport anticipates the project to be completed by August.
Ramtech is proud to announce that we have received our first ever Best of Show Relocatable award at this year’s MBI 2020 World of Modular annual convention and trade show. The Best of Show award was shared with Wilmot Modular Structures of White Marsh, Maryland who brought the project to us as their joint venture partner. The 4,956 square foot design-build project was constructed and installed by Ramtech for a private energy company in Killeen, Texas. The modular building, designed to be relocated or expanded in the future, will serve as a template for future sites across the United States. In addition to Best of Show, the project also garnered an Awards of Distinction in the Relocatable Modular Office Under 10,000 Square Feet category.
Ramtech also received an Awards of Distinction in the Permanent Modular Special Application category for an in-plant breakroom for Martin Marietta. The 1,080 square foot project, located at the company’s Midlothian, Texas cement plant, was constructed using traditional permanent modular construction with atypical ten-foot-wide modules in order to fit within an area surrounded by the extensive piping and rigging of one of the cement plant’s kilns. The project also required a small on-site construction footprint to minimize the impact on Martin Marietta’s existing operations.
More information on Ramtech’s projects, and the other Awards of Distinction winning entries at this year’s conference, can be viewed on the Modular Building Institute’s website using this link.
In January Ramtech’s Vice President of Engineering Roland Brown was reelected as the Presiding Officer of the Texas Industrialized Building Code Council. Since the council was formed in 1984, Roland is the only representative of the commercial modular industry to ever hold the presiding officer position. He was reelected unanimously by the other ten members on 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. Originally appointed to the Council by former Texas Governor Rick Perry in October 2010, Roland was reappointed by Governor Greg Abbott in 2019 to serve another two-year term which will expire on February 1, 2021. In addition to his service on the IBCC, he also serves as the President of the Board Of Directors of the Modular Building Institute, the international nonprofit trade association that represents the commercial modular construction industry. Roland is also a member of the International Code Council where he has been an advocate for addressing code and compliance issues that affect the modular industry. Roland began his career in the modular building industry in 1981, and since that time he has developed a long track record of creating unique structural designs which have made significant contributions to the technical evolution of the commercial modular industry.
An interesting article from CLAD. The Connectic idea may not see use any time soon, but it shows just how much commercial modular construction continues to draw architects and designers to embracing what’s possible through the development of relocatable and permanent modular buildings. Read about the Radical Innovation Award winning concept here.
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.