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.
Ramtech Receives Modular Building Contract for Flight School Support Facility at Vance Air Force Base in Enid, OK
Ramtech recently secured a contract to provide a 17,284 square foot modular building complex at Vance Air Force Base in Enid, Oklahoma. The single-story complex will be used for pilot training as part of a program aimed at addressing the shortage of pilots that currently exists across the U.S. Air Force. The square profile relocatable modular building provides space for eight training classrooms, 15 offices, a squadron briefing room, conference room, and an administrative reception area. Provided on a five year operating lease, the building exterior is designed with R-Panel metal siding and a TPO roof. The interior will utilize vinyl covered gypsum on the walls and a combination of carpet tiles, vinyl composition tile, and sheet vinyl for the flooring. The heating and cooling of the facility will be accommodated by 14 Bard Exterior Wall Mount ducted air-conditioners. As part of the contract, Ramtech will be responsible for providing the office and classroom furniture throughout the building, along with the development of the site including the building pad, the extension and connection of all utilities, and the fire sprinkler and alarm systems. (more…)
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.