From our friends at Building Design & Construction. There is a severe housing shortage in the UK which experts say will require cities to build an average of 10,500 new homes per month every year through 2038. That demand will require the country’s construction industry to increase its productivity by 30%, essentially requiring a shift from construction to production. The six story factory in the image moves up as each new floor is completed, on average, in 55 hours. On this project they were able to complete 18 floors in 18 weeks. Check out the video embedded in the article here to see how the process works.
Whether it’s a pier and beam or a slab-on-grade building, both of Ramtech’s permanent modular construction approaches can be installed quickly in a matter of days, eliminating the weather delays that frequently plague site construction projects. Our pier and beam type permanent modular buildings can be installed either by using a crane, or by rolling them into place if the area has adequate space for maneuvering the individual modular sections. The accompanying images show how the rolling process works once the foundation has been completed and is ready to support the modular sections.
The modules are moved onto the grade beams, aligned with its adjacent section, lowered onto CMU blocks, then anchored and lagged together to form a complete building. Once an individual section is put into place it can be quickly weathered in at the seams to keep out the elements so the interior and exterior finish-out process can begin.
The extension and connection of utilities requires the same site work elements for relocatable and permanent modular buildings as it does for site built structures. As a design-build construction company, Ramtech can manage every aspect of the site development and improvements for all project sizes and sophistication levels. These images show the preparation for the electrical service being brought to the main distribution panel for the 10,624 square foot adult education building for First Baptist Carrollton Church.
One of the benefits of modular construction is the inherent ability to minimize weather delays on the job site. Since the structure is being produced offsite, the ability to quickly set the modules on the foundation and weather them in speeds up the entire construction timeline. This means there’s no waiting for the framing or erection and other onsite construction activities to take place – the typical site-built work elements that are subject to weather related delays. With modular construction, once you install it you can immediately begin performing the interior finish-out with no delays. This also keeps any weather related materials damage to a minimum.
The Pier and Beam Permanent Modular Buildings that Ramtech is currently building for First Baptist Carrollton is a good case in point. Although the rainy spring made getting the foundations in place a challenge, once the first one was poured we were able to quickly get one of the two modular buildings placed on it. Then, as the pictures show, while the foundation for the second building was being developed we were already performing the interior work on the first building. With J&P Contractors Inc.
Ramtech Completes Modular Building for Temporary Flying Squadron Facility at Vance Air Force Base in Enid, OK
Ramtech recently completed a 17,284 square foot Temporary Flying Squadron Facility for the 33d Flying Training Squadron at Vance Air Force Base in Enid, Oklahoma. Procured using a five-year operating lease, the single-story modular building complex will be used for pilot training as part of a program aimed at increasing the graduation rate to address the shortage of pilots that currently exists within the U.S. Air Force. Ramtech worked with the 71st Mission Support Group and ASRCC, Vance AFB’s Base Operations Support contractor, to develop the project. The L-shaped relocatable modular building provides space for 15 offices, eight training classrooms, four operations rooms, a squadron briefing room, conference room, and a reception area. The facility’s exterior was designed with R-Panel metal siding and a TPO membrane roof. The interior utilizes 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 is accommodated by 14 Bard Exterior Wall Mount ducted air-conditioners. As part of the design-build contract, Ramtech was responsible for providing all of the office and classroom furniture throughout the building, along with the site development including the building pad, the extension and connection of all utilities, and the fire sprinkler and alarm systems.
With the rainy spring having eased off somewhat, Ramtech has been in the process of installing the second of two permanent modular buildings for First Baptist Carrollton. The 26,624 square foot project is utilizing Ramtech’s pier and beam permanent modular construction process that will yield 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, was installed in May and incorporates a central corridor with seven classrooms with men’s and women’s restroom facilities on either side. The second building will provide 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. Ramtech developed a grade beam foundation system with drilled and belled piers for both structures, which have been designed to incorporate parapet walls with full masonry exteriors and TPO roofs. The heating and cooling of each building will be accommodated using zoned split system HVAC units. The interiors finishes 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 both buildings. (more…)
Ramtech is continuing to work through the complications of a rainy spring as we prepare the foundation for the second of two modular buildings being constructed for First Baptist Carrollton Church in Carrollton, Texas. Even though the weather has been a nuisance, one of the benefits of modular construction is the ability to quickly set and weather-in the complete structure so that the interior finish-out process can begin. This 26,624 square foot project is utilizing 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 has already been installed and the interior work is proceeding well. This building incorporates a central corridor with seven classrooms and men’s and women’s restroom facilities on either side. The second building’s grade beam foundation with drilled and belled piers is being done in three sections and will be complete before the end of May, allowing for the installation of the 16,000 square foot building at the first of June. This facility will provide space for two large worship areas, six classrooms, and a boys and girls restrooms for the middle and high school programs. Both structures have been designed with parapet walls and 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 is also installing fire sprinkler systems in each building.
First Baptist Carrollton plans to relocate from its original Carrollton campus on Josey Lane to its new location known as The Fields at Carrollton Parkway. The church opened their Sports and Recreation Complex there in 2011, then in 2016 opened a second campus for worship and Bible study known as the Church at the Fields. The new modular buildings will sit adjacent to each other as part of a master plan that also includes a new site-built multipurpose worship facility and office buildings for the ministry staff. The project is slated to be complete and ready for occupancy this summer.
Ramtech recently received an order from the Cleveland Independent School District for the purchase of five of the our industry standard eight classroom modular school buildings. One of the new facilities will be installed at the school district’s middle school, while the other four modular buildings will be split between Cleveland High School and the Eastside Elementary school campuses. Ramtech is providing one modular building from our inventory, while the other four buildings will be manufactured prior to delivery and installation by the end of June. All of the modular school buildings utilize R-Panel metal siding for the exterior, with vinyl covered gypsum walls and vinyl composition tile flooring in the interior. Ramtech expects to complete the entire modular school project during the first week of August. (more…)
The world’s tallest hotel is set to be built using modular construction in Manhattan’s NoMad neighborhood. Within five years it is estimated that 25% of all new hotel construction will use permanent modular construction as the preferred building method. Read more about it from the Bloomberg article here
Modular buildings are so hot they’ve even been considered for the Red Planet. A multimillion-dollar contest which was launched in 2015 by NASA challenged architectural teams to come up with various designs suitable for Mars. The goal is to provide future Mars inhabitants with permanent homes and other structures. A modular building idea from Arkansas-based Team Zoperhous, was a finalist in NASA’s Mars Habitat Design Competition. Read about it here: