Ramtech has announced that we are approaching the final part of the installation phase for the three new modular buildings designated for the Scoular and Stovall Halls Occupant Relocation Project on the main campus of the University of North Texas located in Denton, Texas. The building installations for two of the facilities have been completed and we are now 50% complete at the third site. The $3.5 million modular construction project was purchased through the Texas Buyboard purchasing cooperative and will provide a total of 37,778 square feet when complete, all of which will be used for the relocation of three of the University’s programs currently housed in the Stovall and Scoular Halls. Both of these Halls are being demolished to make way for a new $130 million University Union which began construction in June of this year. With an enrollment of over 35,000 students, UNT’s current union was built in the 1960s and was designed for a campus population of 17,000. The University expects the new union to play an important role in enrollment recruitment and retention, along with providing faculty and staff with a facility capable of hosting conferences, professional seminars and events that can enhance the academic reputation of the college.
The manufacturing phase for each of the modular buildings was completed in April and May of this year. Ramtech provided design assistance to Jacobs, the architect for the project, and is also working together with The Beck Group, the construction manager that is providing the site built structures which abut the modular buildings at each location. The buildings are spread across two locations, with the first site housing the University’s College of Visual Arts and Design as well as the Department of Counseling and Higher Education. When complete, these facilities will include both standard and specialized spaces for classrooms, studio lab teaching spaces, equipment dense work rooms, faculty and staff offices, storage for the fashion design and fibers programs, climate controlled vault space for up to 20,000 pieces of the Texas Fashion Collection, storage and processing space, conference rooms, a laundry room and clinical space. The second site will accommodate the Department of Dance and Theater Arts and will provide space for a student reception area, conference room, instrument storage, faculty and staff offices, four large dance rooms, and the dance computer lab. All of the buildings have been installed on poured foundations and are using a HardiePanel stucco embossed exterior painted to match the surrounding areas. The interiors have been outfitted with vinyl covered gypsum walls and vinyl composition tile on the floors.
Gary White is Vice President of Sales & Estimating at Ramtech Building Systems, Inc. He has been in the commercial modular industry for 33 years and is responsible for the management of all sales and estimating efforts across each of Ramtech’s key market segments: Education, Government, Medical, and Commercial.