Ramtech is honored to be part of Frost Bank’s Families in Business 2018 exhibit, highlighting multi-generational organizations in Tarrant County. Frost has been a loyal supporter and partner of Ramtech’s for over 30 years, and we’re thrilled they chose to include us in this celebration. Portraits of the featured businesses by Gittings Photography of Fort Worth will be on display at Frost Bank Camp Bowie until December 10th, Frost Bank Clearfork from December 11th – January 7th, and Frost Bank Matlock from January 8th – 29th.
Ramtech Builds Permanent Modular Building to Aid in the Merger of Two Beaumont (TX) High Schools After Hurricane Harvey
Ramtech recently completed a 15,232 square foot permanent modular building for the Beaumont (TX) Independent School District, utilizing one of our standard classroom wing addition designs along with our slab- on-grade permanent modular construction process. We were able to accelerate the completion of the 16 classroom building at the district’s Beaumont United high school campus in under 115 days. In addition to the classrooms, the facility provides space for boys and girls restrooms situated off the center corridor in the middle of the building. The site preparation was developed by the school district while Ramtech provided the foundation. The exterior of the building incorporates full brick masonry on a parapet wall design, along with an EPDM low pitched roof. The building was constructed to meet the Texas Department of Insurance Windstorm Certification and also Includes fire alarm and sprinkler systems. The interior features a 9 foot ceiling height throughout the building with textured and painted walls and vinyl composition tile flooring. (more…)
Ramtech Building has begun the manufacturing on two permanent modular buildings we are constructing for the First Baptist Carrollton Church of Carrollton, Texas. The 26,624 square foot project will utilize our pier and beam permanent modular construction process to provide two education buildings as part of the church’s relocation from its current 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 a boys and girls restrooms for the middle and high school programs. We will provide a grade beam foundation with drilled and belled piers for the two structures which have been designed for parapet walls with full masonry exteriors, TPO roofs, and split system HVAC units. The interiors will utilize vinyl covered gypsum for the walls and a combination of carpet tile, vinyl composition tile, and sheet vinyl for the flooring. Ramtech will also install fire sprinkler systems in each building. (more…)
Ramtech has recently developed plans for storm shelters that can be integrated into new construction or function as a standalone structures to meet Group E occupancy requirements for K-12 education facilities of 50 or more occupants and for Emergency Operation Centers such as 911 call centers, fire, ambulance, and police stations. The storm shelter designs meet FEMA-361 requirements for safe rooms, and Section 423 of the 2015 edition of the International Building Code which mandates the placement of ICC-500 compliant storm shelters for new construction in a multi-state area from Central Texas to the upper Midwest. (more…)
Ramtech recently been approved as an American Institute of Architects (AIA) Continuing Education System provider. We will begin offering face-to-face HSW Learning Units through our continuing education courses in Modular and Prefabricated Components. Ramtech’s continuing education program will be available to AIA members located in the West South Central Region which includes the states of Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, and Arkansas. Ramtech will initially offer two courses focusing on every facet of design, manufacturing, and construction of commercial modular buildings. The first course, Modular Design & Construction – A Better Way to Build, is designed to educate the architectural community on the potential advantages gained through the use of permanent modular construction (PMC) for all project stakeholders. The second course will provide a plant tour and walking class of Ramtech’s manufacturing facility to provide instruction on material methods and management, sustainable methods of construction, methods of centralized construction for ICC Building Code compliance, and walk-thrus of finished buildings. Each course will provide one HSW unit that can be applied towards meeting the 18 continuing education learning units that architects are required to have each year for their license renewal.
Ramtech recently completed a 1,904 square foot employee break room with offices, the last of three permanent modular buildings we constructed at two sites for the North Texas Division of Waste Management of Texas, Inc. Beginning in 2017, Ramtech first completed a 9,016 square foot office and dispatch facility at Waste Management’s CNG facility in Fort Worth. We then mobilized to build a 952 square foot scale house at the entrance to the DFW Landfill disposal location in Lewisville, Texas where the third project also took place. The new building provides space for a large break room that accommodates kitchen appliances and vending machines, a men’s and women’s locker room with shower stalls, and private offices. (more…)
After 36 years in business, Ramtech has pursued getting the “Ramtech” name registered with the United States Trademark Office, whenever the name is used in the context of modular buildings or modular construction. After a long, arduous and expensive process, we were granted Registration Number 5,315,557. The registration was issued on October 24, 2017. You may ask, “Why wait 36 years to get your name registered?” The answer is that up until this time, the Ramtech name has never been used in an advertisement by our competition.
Last year, a competitor of Ramtech initiated a pay-per-click campaign where whenever someone searched “Ramtech Building Systems, Inc.”, an ad would pop up asking the question, “Looking for Ramtech?, Try__________”. We view this campaign as a deliberate attempt to confuse and divert potential customers that are specifically searching for Ramtech, to go to another site. This approach to marketing lies within an ethical grey area that we won’t condone and would never practice ourselves; therefore, we feel we must do whatever possible to counter the efforts of that competitor. Our belief is that by registering the Ramtech name, potentially misleading campaigns such as this that use our own brand against us will be taken down by Google and Bing.
Ramtech abides by the Modular Building Institute’s Code of Ethics as well as the Code of Ethics prescribed by the Better Business Bureau, achieving the rating of A+ with the BBB. Since 1982 we’ve thrived under the same ownership and management team. We’ve never been removed from a project, never had our bonding company intervene in the completion of a project, never filed bankruptcy, and have never faced litigation associated with a construction project or the running of our company. These are claims that very few in the construction industry could make, and they are the cornerstone for a reputation and brand name that we’re proud of and will make every effort to protect.
To our friends in the modular industry, we encourage you to run a search using your company’s full name to see if this same ad campaign is being employed against you. Many of you will be surprised. If so, I encourage you to consult legal counsel and confront this company in an effort to stop this practice.
We are pleased to announce that Matt Slataper has joined Ramtech in the role of Vice President. Matt comes to Ramtech from the Houston area where he served as a Vice President in J.P. Morgan’s Investment Banking division. In his new role at Ramtech, he will bring his experience to all areas of Ramtech’s operations with a particular focus on business development. Matt joins Ramtech at a pivotal time as we seek to grow our pier and beam and slab-on-grade permanent modular construction business. Matt’s experience, perspective, and business acumen will be essential as we move forward to position the company for growth in new markets and by expanding our product offerings and developing strategic partnerships. Matt has spent the last 12 years in finance, most recently focused on mergers and acquisitions and capital markets advisory within the oil and gas sector. He has an MBA from the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business and a BBA from Southern Methodist University. He and his wife Tiffany have two children and plan to relocate from Houston to the west side of the Metroplex.
Ramtech’s Modular Buildings for Disaster Recovery Program Aids Hardin-Jefferson ISD with Temporary Middle School
The middle school students of Hardin-Jefferson Independent School District in Sour Lake, Texas closed out their first school year in a temporary middle school campus built Ramtech after the devastating flooding that occurred along the Texas Gulf Coast in August of last year. The 36,908 square foot modular construction project was installed on the grounds of the school district’s high school, and will serve as a replacement for Henderson Middle School until a new permanent facility can be constructed in the future. The relocatable modular school buildings that make up the interim use facility include 34 classrooms inside 17 portable classroom buildings, a full-service cafeteria and dining hall, two modular toilet facilities, boys and girls locker rooms, a library, and an administrative office area. The buildings all use light sand colored R-Panel metal siding on the exteriors, and are finished-out with lay-in ceilings, vinyl covered gypsum walls, and a combination of commercial grade carpet and vinyl composition tile flooring for the interiors. Heating and cooling of the structures are accommodated by Bard exterior wall-mounted HVAC units. Ramtech completed its scope of work in 45 days, beginning in mid-September and less than two weeks after the Sour Lake community’s receiving over 61 inches of rain. (more…)
The Beaumont ISD project is using Ramtech’s Slab-on-Grade Permanent Modular Construction approach. The foundation prep is almost complete and the 17 modules that make up the building will be crane set next week.