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:
Ramtech has over 35 years of extensive experience in mobilizing our physical and human resources to quickly and efficiently provide inventory or custom relocatable modular buildings for disaster recovery relief efforts. Throughout our history we’ve been able to answer the call both domestically and internationally when tragedy strikes. In 1995 Ramtech rebuilt multiple schools after Hurricane Marilyn devastated the U.S. Virgin Islands. In 2013, after a massive fertilizer plant explosion destroyed parts of the city of West, Texas Ramtech was able to provide a temporary 69,776 square foot middle and high school campus comprised of 28 separate structures in 60 days. When torrential rains in March 2016 caused the forced release of water from the Sabine River resulting in the flooding of the community of Deweyville, Texas, Ramtech mobilized to provide over 25,000 square feet to replace the local school district’s damaged elementary school. Ramtech is experienced in helping our clients acquire funding sources for short and long-term leasing options as well as working with FEMA and other federal, state, and local government agencies in expediting the acquisition and construction process. For more information on modular buildings for disaster recovery, visit our website at RamtechModular.com
Ramtech Wins Three Awards of Distinction at the Modular Building Institute’s 2019 World of Modular Convention
Ramtech was recognized with three Awards of Distinction honors at this year’s Modular Building Institute World of Modular annual convention and trade show in Las Vegas, Nevada. Ramtech received a First Place award in the Relocatable Modular Assembly category for the Denver International Airport Concourse A Expansion project, a 38,920 square foot Type II facility completed in 180 days which added six gates and a food concession area.
We also received two Honorable Mention awards. In the Permanent Modular Special Application category, we were cited for the payment scale house we designed and built for Waste Management, Inc. The second Honorable Mention award was for the innovative custom redesign of our industry standard portable classrooms. Developed in collaboration with Pfluger Architects to meet the needs of the Eanes (TX) Independent School District, Ramtech received the award in the Relocatable Modular Education Under 10,000 square feet category for the innovative Learning Studios project.
The 2019 Modular Building Institute Awards of Distinction program included hundreds of entries in categories for relocatable, permanent, and renovated modular buildings, as well as for marketing and promotional pieces. The Awards of Distinction competition includes over 30 categories in which MBI members including manufacturers, dealers, and product and service providers can submit entries. The building awards are judged by an independent panel of building design and construction experts on architectural excellence, technical innovation & sustainability, cost effectiveness, and energy efficiency.
Ramtech Begins Manufacturing of Modular Office Building for Dallas County Sheriff’s Department Academy
Ramtech has begun the manufacturing phase on the 25,243 square foot modular office building we are constructing for the Dallas County Sheriff’s Department Academy. Designed and developed using our slab-on-grade permanent modular construction process, the building will allow the Sheriff’s department to consolidate their training program for new recruits into one facility located 12 miles South of downtown Dallas in an unincorporated area of Dallas County.
The new modular office building will provide for two large basic training rooms, three large in-service training rooms, five offices for the senior staff, and a clerical area. There are also separate rooms for driving and shooting simulation, a library, and multiple storage areas. Ramtech will be responsible for the concrete foundation and providing one point of connection for all the utilities at the building line. The exterior incorporates a parapet wall design with a combination of 26 gauge steel siding and brick. The interior of the building was designed to accommodate a nine foot ceiling height throughout facility. The walls will be textured coated and painted, while the floors in designated areas will utilize sealed concrete, epoxy, vinyl composition tile, and carpet tiles. The heating and cooling of the building will be accommodated with zoned rooftop HVAC units.
The Dallas Sheriff’s Department Training Section is a licensed academy with the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE). The new training center will be in the same area as the Dallas Transitional Center, a residential reintegration facility for Lifestyle Management Inc. that was built using the same slab on grade permanent modular construction process. We expect to have the project completed prior to the end of August.
Good article by Angelo Verzoni in the NFPA (National Fire Protection Association) Journal on how the commercial modular industry is experiencing an increased level of acceptance and cooperation from the building codes and standards agencies. This is due in large part to the efforts of the Modular Building Institute, the international trade association for the commercial modular industry. As the MBI’s executive director Tom Hardiman points out in the piece, “we were successful in the 2018 [International Building Code] in getting standard language included for the approval process for modular ‘relocatable buildings,’” he said. “We want to expand upon that effort and create a standard process for approval of all modular buildings. That’s a bit of a longer-term project but we plan on working with ICC this year to get it off the ground.”
Read how modular construction is rapidly becoming a primary building option for designers, builders, and owners here.
This article in ThomasNet gives a current glimpse as to why modular construction is gaining momentum among owners, general contractors, architects, and developers. Some interesting facts in the links that support the rationale to choose modular construction for:
- Shorter time to occupancy
- Reduced material costs
- Mitigation of the labor shortage
- Improved construction safety