Good article on ConstructionDive.com regarding the evolving construction trends, how the industry is dealing with labor shortages, and what to watch for in 2018. Offsite construction as a delivery method was a key focus in the piece with the Modular Building Institute’s executive director Tom Hardiman quoted as saying “With companies like Google, Marriott, Starbucks and other high-tech firms like Autodesk embracing offsite, there is a ton of investment money looking to revolutionize the construction industry. It’s going to change so fast in the next year.” Read the whole piece here.
After a spring and summer of dealing with heavy rains, Ramtech is progressing with all of the site improvements and foundation preparation for the new residential reintegration facility for Lifestyle Management Inc. of Edmond, Oklahoma. The 31,752 square foot project, which will accommodate up to 296 clients, is being built using Ramtech’s Accelerated Building System permanent modular construction method. Known as the Dallas Transitional Center, the modular building project is located 12 miles south of downtown Dallas on a ten acre portion of an existing 57 acre site owned by Dallas County. The new building will replace Lifestyle’s current 225-bed halfway house with a facility that includes four 50-man dorms, three 24-man dorms, one 24-woman dorm, two classrooms, a full commercial kitchen, and administrative office space. Ramtech is also responsible for the full site development of the four acres required to accommodate the residential reintegration facility, 40 parking spaces, two basketball courts, and two covered pavilions.
Ramtech is pleased to announce the promotion of Jeff Ward to the position of Sales Manager. Jeff joined Ramtech in August 2010 as a Business Development Representative where he was tasked with expanding traditional modular building sales to both commercial contractors and federal government agencies. In his new role, Jeff will oversee the daily activities of the sales and telemarketing team while continuing to develop project opportunities in the commercial, education, and federal government markets. As a member of Ramtech’s marketing team, Jeff will contribute to identifying industry trends and helping us develop new markets for our design-build approach to relocatable modular buildings and permanent modular construction using our Accelerated Building System. Jeff will also represent Ramtech at all of the industry conferences that we attend or have a trade show booth exhibits.
Jeff began his career in the modular industry in 1997 as a sales representative for Palm Harbor Homes where he rose to sales manager and led a team of eight sales reps at the number one sales center in the company. After leaving Palm Harbor in 2001, Jeff transitioned to the commercial modular building business where he quickly developed a reputation for being able to successfully develop a broad range of relocatable and permanent modular building projects for federal government agencies including each branch of the U.S. Military. Jeff’s tenure on the commercial side of the industry has included positions in both business development as well as senior sales specialist roles. Originally from DeSoto, Texas, Jeff is a graduate of Texas State University-San Marcos and is currently a member of the Society of Military Engineers. Jeff and his family reside in Mansfield where he is active in the community’s Meals On Wheels of Tarrant County program.
At the end of last month, ENR.com posted on their Marketropolis opinion blog a comprehensive list of 31 trends that A/E/C firms should be tracking which are impacting the construction industry. Compiled from an email discussion of construction industry experts and professionals, there was broad consensus on the growing adoption BIM, the continued evolution of sustainable and lean construction, and an inevitable move towards modular and prefab construction becoming the norm. The post cites the recognized benefits that modular construction brings including the greater control, increased safety, and reduced risk of factory construction, along with allowing for an expedited project delivery that clients are demanding. The whole post can be viewed here.
One of the primary advantages of modular construction is the ability to relocate the modular buildings to another location for the same purpose or for some other secondary utilization. This flexibility is now on full display at the Houston-area Aldine Independent School District’s Eisenhower High School, where Ramtech is relocating two cafeteria buildings which were originally installed in June 2013 at the District’s Nimitz High School campus. This was part of the 41,216 square foot project which included four buildings including two at the district’s MacArthur High School. All of the modular cafeteria buildings are being used as interim facilities for six months to a year while the District renovates each of the school’s existing permanent cafeterias. (more…)
Ramtech has released a new promotional video highlighting our line of multiple classroom options for facility additions and expansions at public and private schools. The video provides an opportunity for educators to view the benefits of using our relocatable modular building designs which range in size from 4 to 16 classrooms and can be used to meet a wide variety of temporary or long-term use requirements. The video is part of our integrated promotional campaign designed to highlight a standard floor plan six-classroom modular wing addition that was installed as a demonstration facility adjacent to our corporate headquarters and manufacturing plant. The video will emphasize our abilities and show prospective school clients how they can meet their facility requirements using our customizable multiple classroom buildings. As a full service design-build construction company, we can provide them with a first-hand look at what we can be done using our approach to relocatable buildings and permanent modular construction.
For over 30 years we have provided public, private, and faith-based schools throughout the Southwest with portable classroom buildings through an inventory program that typically keeps over 50 two-classroom modular buildings (both with and without restrooms) on hand for immediate delivery. Available using sale or lease options, our program has enabled us to become the largest supplier of portable classrooms in the Southwest. During 2012, Ramtech provided nearly 100 portable classroom buildings to public, private, and charter schools in a five state area. The primary advantages to the two classroom modular building is they require little if any site preparation and are easily relocated as the needs of the school change. While multiple classroom buildings often require more site development, they do provide the look and feel of permanent facilities and are much faster and less expensive than actual site constructed school additions. They also can lead to a safer environment by allowing teachers and students to change classes while remaining in the same building for an entire school day. Individual classroom buildings can be designed and constructed to address requirements for computer and science labs, administrative offices, and specialty classrooms for all age groups. Exterior finishes can be as simple and low cost as R-panel steel siding, or as permanent looking as synthetic stucco or brick veneer paneling. The interior finishes are very similar to site constructed buildings including the use of T-grid ceilings, recessed lighting, vinyl covered sheetrock walls, and vinyl composition tile or carpeted floors. Custom multiple classroom buildings can also be designed, manufactured, and installed usually within a 60-90 day time frame depending on the site conditions and local permitting requirements.
Gary White is Vice President of Sales & Estimating at Ramtech Building Systems, Inc. He has been in the commercial modular industry for 33 years and is responsible for the management of all sales and estimating efforts across each of Ramtech’s key market segments: Education, Government, Medical, and Commercial.
Hidalgo County has occupied and is now using the three modular buildings that were purchased to be used as interim facilities during the County’s renovation of their existing courtroom structures which is expected to take 18-24 months. Built by Ramtech and purchased through the Texas Buyboard network purchasing cooperative, two of the buildings are providing courtroom and administrative support space for criminal, civil, and family and child protective services cases, while the third structure is being used for administrative space for the District Clerk’s office. (more…)
There are many challenges to modular construction, especially commercial modular construction which includes both temporary as well as permanent modular buildings used for schools, hospitals, office and retail facilities. Here in the U.S. it is challenging enough that the states having different regulatory requirements that control commercial modular construction, however the biggest problem usually occurs when a modular dealer, manufacturer, or general contractor takes on a project that they do not have the past experience to successfully complete. (more…)
Ramtech returns to the 53rd annual TASB/TASA Convention again this year, a conference we have been participating in for the last 25 years. We will be represented by both Sabrina Queen and Bill Barron who will showcase our relocatable modular buildings and permanent modular construction capabilities for Texas public schools in booths 317 & 319 on September 27-28 at the Dallas Convention Center in Dallas, Texas.
Since 1960, the Texas Association of School Administrators (TASA) and the Texas Association of School Boards (TASB) have partnered to bring school board members and school administrators the state’s largest education-related convention. Representing more than 6,000 public school officials from over 1,000 independent school districts across the state, the conference always provides an ideal opportunity for us to follow-up with our huge number of past customers as well as potential clients in need of portable classrooms, multiple classroom buildings, and permanent facilities using our Accelerated Building System permanent modular construction method.
As the rebuilding effort continues for the West Independent School District in West, Texas, Ramtech publicly announced that we completed the essential instructional and support facilities that were required for the District’s middle and high school students to start the 2013 school year on August 26. The temporary campus is comprised of 28 structures including 17 new relocatable modular buildings that are located on the West Middle School site that was destroyed by the massive fertilizer plant explosion on April 17 of this year. Ramtech designed, manufactured, and installed the 69,776 square foot modular construction project which includes three 10-classroom buildings, four computer and science labs, two locker room buildings, an administrative office, cafeteria, band hall, and a life skills building. All of the buildings were built with a 26 gauge R-panel metal exterior, and have interiors that incorporate vinyl covered gypsum on the walls and vinyl composition tiles for the floors. We anticipate the special use facilities to be completed and operational prior to September 15. All of the modular school buildings for the $2.5 million project were leased through the Texas BuyBoard cooperative purchasing network and will be used for the next two years while new intermediate/middle and high schools facilities are constructed.