For over 30 years Ramtech has provided schools throughout the southwest with portable classroom buildings. Typically Ramtech keeps over 50 two-classroom buildings (often referred to as double classrooms or portables) both with and without restrooms in inventory for immediate delivery to public, private, and charter schools. As the largest supplier of portable classrooms in the Southwest, what many schools don’t realize is that Ramtech is also a major supplier of both standard and custom multiple classroom buildings, facilities that include up to 4 to 16 classrooms per building.
The primary advantages of two-classroom modular buildings are (1) they are immediately available, (2) they require little if any site preparation, (3) they can be leased as well as purchased, and (4) they can be easily relocated as the needs of a school district change. Within the last year, Ramtech has provided nearly 100 portable classroom buildings to public, private, and charter schools including nine buildings for the Lubbock ISD, and eleven for Del Valle ISD.
While multiple classroom buildings are not as easily relocated and often require more site development, they do provide the look and feel of permanent construction and are much faster and less expensive than actual site constructed school additions. They also can lead to a safer environment by allowing teachers and students to change classes while remaining in the same building all day long. Individual classroom buildings can be designed and constructed to address requirements for computer and science labs, administrative offices, and specialty classrooms for all age groups. Exterior finishes can be as simple and low cost as steel siding, or as permanent looking as synthetic stucco or brick veneer paneling. The interior finishes are very similar to site constructed buildings including the use of T-grid ceilings, recessed lighting, vinyl covered sheetrock walls, and vinyl composition tile or carpeted floors. Custom multiple classroom buildings can be designed, manufactured, and delivered and installed usually within 90-120 days depending on the site conditions and local permitting requirements. Recently, Ramtech provided a six classroom building for the Snyder ISD, and four twelve-classroom buildings for KIPP Delta Charter Schools in Arkansas. More information on all of Ramtech’s portable and multiple classroom buildings can be found at education website located at ramtecheducation.com.
Sabrina Queen works in Business Development for Ramtech Building Systems, serving the needs of the education market with temporary classroom facilities. She has been in the modular building industry for over 20 years.