Ramtech recently completed the installation of a permanent modular building for use as a police department headquarters for the City of Cottonwood Shores, TX. The 2,184 square foot facility provides additional space and room for growth for the city’s current five-officer police department. The building replaced an aging 720 square foot facility that was declared too structurally unsound to be repaired or added on to.
The new modular building provides two private offices for the chief of police and the second in command of the police department. Also included is a large open office area for the patrol officers, one intake and two interrogation rooms, a large evidence storage room, and a break room area. The modular building was constructed using our pier and beam permanent modular construction approach, with the modular sections installed on a stem wall foundation system that was provided by the city. A combination of 26 gauge R-panel siding and stone veneer were installed on the exterior parapet wall which included a concealed roof line with additional height at the main entry to enhance the architectural appearance. The interior was finished with cost-effective vinyl covered gypsum on the walls and vinyl composition tile flooring throughout the facility.
The city of Cottonwood Shores is located 50 miles west of Austin. Occupying two square miles on the south bank of the Colorado River in southwestern Burnet County, the community has seen consistent growth and now has approximately 1,200 residents. Ramtech was able to complete the installation and finish-out of the permanent modular building in just over five weeks.
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.
The use of modular construction is the best option when commercial projects are located in remote or rural areas, particularly where specialized construction trades are scare or non-existent. At Ramtech, we’ve been a leader in developing a design-build construction approach that has allowed us to leverage our internal and external resources to successfully complete temporar and permanent modular building projects in some of the most challenging and hard to reach areas. Using a traditional relocatable or permanent modular construction approach – where up to 80-90% of the structure can be completed in the manufacturing plant – gives modular construction a significant advantage over site construction alternatives. This article about two modular medical clinics installed in the remote Western Australian Desert to serve four indigenous communities, provides an extreme example of what can be done using modular construction to develop and build critical facilities in very distant and remote areas.
Nationally, over the last three decades design-build has been adopted by states all around the country. All but two states, Iowa and North Dakota, now permit its use. Ramtech has been at the forefront of using the design-build project delivery method since it was first authorized for public projects by the Texas Legislature in 1995. Design-build has played an integral part in our growth, by allowing us to be a single-source solution in designing and constructing permanent modular construction projects for educational institutions and government agencies across the state. (more…)