Ramtech has finished our scope of work on the two permanent modular buildings that we have been building for First Baptist Church at the Fields in Carrollton. The 26,624 square foot project utilized our pier and beam permanent modular construction process to provide two education buildings as part of the church’s relocation from its previous location. The first building, a 10,624 square foot facility for adults, incorporates a central corridor with seven classrooms and men’s and women’s restroom facilities on either side. The second building provides 16,000 square feet of space with two large worship areas, six classrooms, and boys and girls restrooms for the church’s middle and high school ministry programs. We used a grade beam foundation system with drilled and belled piers for both structures which were designed to incorporate parapet walls with full masonry exteriors and TPO roofs. The heating and cooling of each building is accommodated using zoned split-system HVAC units. The interior finishes include vinyl covered gypsum for the walls and a combination of carpet tile, vinyl composition tile, and sheet vinyl for the flooring. Ramtech also was responsible for installing a fire sprinkler system in both buildings. (more…)
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.
After a long hiatus Ramtech will return to exhibit at the 80th annual Texas Society of Architects TxA Design Expo this Thursday and Friday. Jeff Ward will represent us in booth 616 at the Moody Gardens Hotel and Convention Center in Galveston. The conference promises to provide a wide range of educational sessions, tours, and professional networking events where the focus will be on ‘Immersion in Knowledge, Resilience, and Inclusion’. The scheduled events will begin with tours and educational sessions, with the first keynote address on Friday the 25th by founding principal Claire Weisz of WXY Architecture and Urban Design. Additional keynote speakers include designer, urbanist, and social innovator Liz Ogbu along with a discussion on the intersection of research and real-world practice by MIT Department of Architecture faculty member Skylar Tibbits. by providing a wide range of educational sessions, tours, and professional networking events. (more…)
Ramtech Building is now in full production for the manufacturing phase of the 26 non-combustible steel framed modular sections that will make up a 22,680 square foot permanent modular building for Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) in Los Alamos, NM. The two-story facility will be built using our Slab-on-Grade Permanent Modular Construction process and will include an atrium, elevator, and two stairwells. The floor plan calls for 67 personal business offices in three sizes along with an open office plan on both floors that can accommodate 12 freestanding office spaces using custom furniture cubicles. Designated as a Multi-Use Office Building (MUOB) project, the new facility will be installed adjacent to LANL’s main headquarters located in Technical Area 3. We will complete the manufacturing part of the facility by the middle of November, and will begin the installation of the modular sections during the first quarter of 2020. (more…)
Whether it’s a freestanding facility or an addition to an existing building, modular buildings can be designed to meet or exceed the architectural aesthetics of traditional site- built structures. Ramtech’s pier and beam and slab-on-grade permanent modular construction methods can accept any exterior cladding combinations, providing the same curb appeal as site-built structures. This includes brick, block, or stone masonry, an Exterior Insulation Finishing System (EIFS), various fiber-cement sidings, and all types of architectural metal panels.
In these images, pre-finished architectural split faced block standard concrete masonry units (CMUs) were chosen to match the exterior of the adjacent main structure. They are accompanied by a wainscot row of smooth white block at the window level with additional split faced block above that rising to two additional bands of white block at the top of the building. Today’s generation of both relocatable and permanent modular buildings have a greater degree of curb appeal and functionality than ever before. This ability to compete with the aesthetics of site-built facilities has led to an increase in the number of design professionals willing to embrace modular building systems.