Ramtech has completed the work on four new modular buildings placed at the site of the temporary school campus established by the Van (TX) Independent School District in the wake of the damage incurred from the tornado that went through the city on May 10.
The modular school buildings were configured as portable restrooms, and will be used by the district’s second and third grade students who will be relocated from the damaged J.E Rhodes elementary school to the temporary school site at the front section of property at Van Middle School.
Working together with Eubanks Harris Roberts Craig Architects, each one of the 12′ X 34′ buildings were designed to include boys and girls restrooms with age-appropriate child height toilets. Purchased through the Texas Association of School Board’s Buyboard purchasing co-op, the buildings have standard R-panel siding on the exterior and fiberglass reinforced plastic panels on the interior walls. Ramtech’s scope of work also included the installation of the decks, ramps, and landings. The EF3 tornado caused over $40 million in damage which included two of Van ISD’s schools, the administration building, and the maintenance and transportation centers.
To be able to start school on time in August, the district received portable classroom buildings that were donated from the Tyler Independent School District. Tyler ISD’s current superintendent is Dr. Marty Crawford, who in 2013, led the West Independent School District through their rebuilding effort after the devastating fertilizer plant explosion in the city of West.