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.
Ramtech recently completed two next generation portable classrooms for the Eanes Independent School District located in Austin, Texas. The innovative modular building project was a collaborative effort led by Pfluger Architects which began by using our industry standard portable double classroom design, then modifying the interior and exterior in order to create a new type of instructional environment dubbed the ‘Learning Studio’. Ramtech manufactured and installed both modular buildings at the school district’s Cedar Creek Elementary school location. Each 1,536 square foot facility features a bank of three seven-foot tinted aluminum framed awning windows that allow for increased lighting and ventilation. The standard 2×4′ box lighting was replaced with linear pendant fixtures that provide both direct and indirect light creating a more natural light quality. The typical wall-mounted through wall HVAC units that can create unwanted noise were replaced with split systems with a closet mounted air handler, outside condenser unit, and exposed spiral duct. (more…)
Ramtech has recently completed a modular health clinic for Cactus Health Services, a Federally Qualified Health Center located in Fort Stockton, Texas. Working with Vandergriff Group Architects, PC in a design assist role in developing the Type V-b modular structure, Ramtech utilized the company’s pier and beam permanent modular construction process to accelerate the completion of the 6,016 square foot modular clinic building. Ramtech’s scope of work included the manufacturing, installation, and finish-out of the modular sections which were set on a concrete pier foundation that was procured separately by Cactus Health. The parapet wall exterior of the building utilizes a combination of R-Panel metal siding with a masonry rock veneer, while the interior is finished with vinyl covered gypsum walls along with commercial sheet vinyl flooring throughout the facility. The building provides three exam rooms for each of the clinics three providers, a reception area, multiple private offices, an x-ray room, lab and pharmacy area, and future space for a dentist. (more…)
Ramtech returned to photograph the recently completed eight classroom modular school building we constructed and installed for Alpine Christian School in Alpine, Texas. Alpine Christian’s Homeward Bound Building Campaign provided the funding for the 8,064 square foot facility which opened in August and is being used for the private school’s Kindergarten thru 12th grade students. 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 and the installation of the vinyl composition tile flooring. The new modular building sits on part of the 21 acres that the school acquired in 2016 through the generous donation of two of the schools local benefactors. The school had previously leased facilities from a local church for its 55 students, but with the increase in space that the new facility provides they project that they can increase enrollment to over 200 students in the next few years. The additional acreage will also allow them to develop an astronomy program, along with adding a rugby field, running track, and an equestrian riding center. (more…)
Gary Davenport, Ramtech’s Project Architect and Design Project Manager, has received his architecture license for the state of New Mexico. Gary applied for the license in order to meet a requirement in the procurement process on our successful pursuit of a $13.5 million multi-use modular office building (MUOB) project for the Los Alamos National Laboratory. The MUOB project requirements stipulated that a registered New Mexico architect must be the Professional of Record and Designer of Record in addition to having five to eight years experience designing similar multi-story permanent modular construction projects. The New Mexico licensure required an intensive review of Gary’s experience, an evaluation by the NCARB, successful passage of the New Mexico legal requirements test, and confirmation of his good standing with the other states in which he is registered. Those states include Texas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, South Carolina, and New Jersey. Gary fit this requirement perfectly so he worked closely with the State of New Mexico Board of Architects and was able to receive his reciprocal approval in just over three weeks time. The licensure becomes the sixth state where Gary maintains licenses and provides Ramtech with an increased capacity to pursue both public and private modular building projects in New Mexico.