Ramtech has completed the final phase of the installation of the temporary school campus we built for the Deweyville Independent School District in Orange, Texas. The relocatable modular school project is structured as a 36-month lease and includes a total of eleven buildings which replaced the district’s elementary school that was destroyed during the flooding which occurred in March of this year. All of the modular buildings were installed at the district’s high school in a specific sequence in order to facilitate the quickest finish-out of the classroom buildings so the district could begin school on time in August. The first set of buildings included an 8,064 square foot eight classroom building which was then followed by a 6,272 square foot multipurpose facility. This building includes an administrative section with nine offices for the elementary school staff and the district’s superintendent. The building also has a reception area, four bathrooms, a large conference room, computer lab, and a library. Ramtech also provided eight standard portable classroom buildings to complete the instructional space requirements. The final building to be completed was a 5,120 square foot cafeteria with a full-service commercial kitchen capable of accommodating 150 students. Each of the modular buildings are interconnected with elevated covered walkways. The modular school campus was sited on raw land adjacent to the District’s high school and required full site development including new parking lots, a bus lane, and a student drop-off area.
At the Industrialized Building Code Council meeting held on the 22nd of August the Council approved the adoption of the proposed building codes with the amendments that were presented by the code adoption committee. The new codes are as follows:
• 2015 International Building Code
• 2015 International Residential Code
• 2015 International Mechanical Code
• 2015 International Plumbing Code
• 2015 International Fuel Gas Code
• 2015 International Energy Conservation Code
• 2015 International Existing Building Code
• 2014 National Electrical Code
The IHB Rules require for notification to be made to the public via the Texas Register allowing a 30-day period for public comment. If no comments are received the new codes will become required for all 3 buildings entering production by June 1, 2017. If comments are received another Council meeting will be required and a new effective date will be determined. I feel it unlikely that there will be comments so we should start focusing on June. It is important to add that the June 1 date will be the deadline for approved designs entering in to the production line. So, building design and construction commitment time frames will have to be projected so we have building designs ready to enter the production line well before June. Once we get into next year this will require our estimating department to start projecting on-line dates so we can anticipate the cost impact that the new code editions will create. Before the June 1st deadline, we will have to identify to the Industrialized Housing and Building Division at the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation, the effective date that we intend making the change to the new codes as far as our production on-line is concerned. Once that date is established, we can no longer use designs that are approved to the older codes.
The following is a page that was recently added to all of Ramtech’s websites (www.ramtechmodular.com, www.ramtecheducation.com, and www.ramtechmedical.com). As a design-build modular provider that produces three distinct product lines (relocatable modular buildings, permanent modular construction and pre-fabricated construction), the demands placed on our design group are significant. While there are many great manufacturing companies in this industry that produce outstanding projects, most specialize in a single product offering. Transitioning from something as simple as a portable classroom to a USACE multi-story Brigade / Battalion Headquarters building is not an easy chore. Seamlessly doing this year in and year out is a significant achievement and one that is often easy to overlook. For that reason, we felt a page devoted to our design capabilities was in order. (more…)
Ramtech has completed the setting of the modular sections and is moving into the finish-out phase on the construction of a new 37,329 square foot modular school building for Arlington Classics Academy, located on the charter school’s eleven acre campus in Dalworthington Gardens, Texas. The design-build project is being built using Ramtech’s Accelerated Building System (ABS) prefabricated construction method. Once completed, the facility will provide 24 standard classrooms to accommodate up to 192 students in grades three thru five. The building will also have five special use classrooms for the school’s art, music, speech, and special education programs, and a full cafeteria and kitchen, administrative offices, library annex with tutoring center and learning lab, and a 3,000 square foot multipurpose exercise room with its own dedicated heating and cooling. The requirements for the new building called for full site development including two acres of additional paving which will help ease the amount of vehicular traffic on the main feeder road during student drop-off and pickup. An existing legacy grove of pecan trees has also been integrated into the site design to maintain the original aesthetics of the sites original rural appearance. (more…)
Ramtech will be exhibiting our relocatable modular buildings, permanent modular construction (PMC), and Accelerated Building System (ABS) prefabricated construction capabilities in booth 1032 at the 2016 Texas Municipal League annual conference and exhibition being held on October 5-7 at the Austin Convention Center in Austin, Texas. The annual conference is expected to draw more than 3,000 delegates representing over 300 cities throughout Texas. The conference will begin Wednesday, October 5th at 10:30pm with a keynote address on Re-imagining the 21st Century City by Futurist and Global Strategist Mike Walsh. The other keynote speakers include leadership expert and coach Carol Kinsey Goman, and the Rev. Jeffrey Brown Pastor and President of Rebuilding Every Community Around Peace. (more…)