The use of modular construction is the best option when commercial projects are located in remote or rural areas, particularly where specialized construction trades are scare or non-existent. At Ramtech, we’ve been a leader in developing a design-build construction approach that has allowed us to leverage our internal and external resources to successfully complete temporar and permanent modular building projects in some of the most challenging and hard to reach areas. Using a traditional relocatable or permanent modular construction approach – where up to 80-90% of the structure can be completed in the manufacturing plant – gives modular construction a significant advantage over site construction alternatives. This article about two modular medical clinics installed in the remote Western Australian Desert to serve four indigenous communities, provides an extreme example of what can be done using modular construction to develop and build critical facilities in very distant and remote areas.
Nationally, over the last three decades design-build has been adopted by states all around the country. All but two states, Iowa and North Dakota, now permit its use. Ramtech has been at the forefront of using the design-build project delivery method since it was first authorized for public projects by the Texas Legislature in 1995. Design-build has played an integral part in our growth, by allowing us to be a single-source solution in designing and constructing permanent modular construction projects for educational institutions and government agencies across the state. (more…)
In January Ramtech’s Vice President of Engineering Roland Brown was reelected as the Presiding Officer of the Texas Industrialized Building Code Council. Since the council was formed in 1984, Roland is the only representative of the commercial modular industry to ever hold the presiding officer position. He was reelected unanimously by the other ten members on the council, which functions as an advisory board for the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation on issues related to the regulation of the industrialized housing and commercial building industries. Originally appointed to the Council by former Texas Governor Rick Perry in October 2010, Roland was reappointed by Governor Greg Abbott in 2019 to serve another two-year term which will expire on February 1, 2021. In addition to his service on the IBCC, he also serves as the President of the Board Of Directors of the Modular Building Institute, the international nonprofit trade association that represents the commercial modular construction industry. Roland is also a member of the International Code Council where he has been an advocate for addressing code and compliance issues that affect the modular industry. Roland began his career in the modular building industry in 1981, and since that time he has developed a long track record of creating unique structural designs which have made significant contributions to the technical evolution of the commercial modular industry.
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.