Ramtech has publicly announced our senior level management promotions that will leverage our current corporate structure to facilitate our growth goals for relocatable modular buildings and permanent modular construction over the next decade. The key management changes include the promotions of Matt Slataper to President, Randy Van Zandt to Vice President of Operations, and Gary Davenport to Vice President of Architecture.
Matt Slataper replaces former President Linc Moss who has elected to step back and assume an advisory role as Chief Operating Officer as he transitions into retirement at the end of 2020. Matt came to Ramtech in 2018 from the financial services industry where he worked in investment banking for several years. As President of Ramtech he will oversee marketing, business strategy and development, project estimating, and all of our banking and financial relationships.
As a 20-year veteran of Ramtech who has served in several key senior project management positions, Randy Van Zandt has now moved to Vice President of Operations. In this capacity he will continue to lead Ramtech’s day-to-day site construction efforts while adding the management of engineering and the oversight of Ramtech’s modular manufacturing operations to his responsibilities.
Gary Davenport, our in-house architect will assume the role of VP of Architecture. Gary will work together with Roland Brown in leading the company’s internal design department, while also focusing in a business development role with Ramtech’s sales and marketing efforts.
Last week Ramtech completed the installation of a relocatable modular building for the City of Laredo Health Department’s Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) program. The new facility replaced an aging mobile home type structure at their Rio Bravo, TX location, and is the third Ramtech-built facility now in use for the city’s WIC program. The 1,792 square foot building includes space for nutrition education, consultation, lab work, office space, and waiting and break rooms. Using our traditional modular construction approach, the exterior of the building was constructed using a parapet wall design with HardiePanel cement siding and a metal mansard facia band. The interior utilizes vinyl covered gypsum walls and vinyl composition tile flooring throughout the facility. Heating and cooling of the facility is accommodated with a ducted Bard exterior wall-mounted air conditioning unit.
The federally funded WIC program provides grants to states for supplemental foods, healthcare referrals, and nutrition education for low income pregnant, breast-feeding and non-breast-feeding postpartum women. It also covers qualified infants and children up to their fifth birthday. The city of Laredo Health Department began their WIC program in 1980 and it now serves over 20,500 participants at 15 locations throughout a nine county area. The city expects the new Ramtech facility to handle a monthly caseload of up to 500 women and children.
Ramtech has finished our scope of work on the two permanent modular buildings that we have been building for First Baptist Church at the Fields in Carrollton. The 26,624 square foot project utilized our pier and beam permanent modular construction process to provide two education buildings as part of the church’s relocation from its previous 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 boys and girls restrooms for the church’s middle and high school ministry programs. We used a grade beam foundation system with drilled and belled piers for both structures which were designed to incorporate parapet walls with full masonry exteriors and TPO roofs. The heating and cooling of each building is accommodated using zoned split-system HVAC units. The interior finishes include vinyl covered gypsum for the walls and a combination of carpet tile, vinyl composition tile, and sheet vinyl for the flooring. Ramtech also was responsible for installing a fire sprinkler system in both buildings. (more…)
An interesting article from CLAD. The Connectic idea may not see use any time soon, but it shows just how much commercial modular construction continues to draw architects and designers to embracing what’s possible through the development of relocatable and permanent modular buildings. Read about the Radical Innovation Award winning concept here.
After a long hiatus Ramtech will return to exhibit at the 80th annual Texas Society of Architects TxA Design Expo this Thursday and Friday. Jeff Ward will represent us in booth 616 at the Moody Gardens Hotel and Convention Center in Galveston. The conference promises to provide a wide range of educational sessions, tours, and professional networking events where the focus will be on ‘Immersion in Knowledge, Resilience, and Inclusion’. The scheduled events will begin with tours and educational sessions, with the first keynote address on Friday the 25th by founding principal Claire Weisz of WXY Architecture and Urban Design. Additional keynote speakers include designer, urbanist, and social innovator Liz Ogbu along with a discussion on the intersection of research and real-world practice by MIT Department of Architecture faculty member Skylar Tibbits. by providing a wide range of educational sessions, tours, and professional networking events. (more…)