Ramtech recently secured a contract to provide a 17,284 square foot modular building complex at Vance Air Force Base in Enid, Oklahoma. The single-story complex will be used for pilot training as part of a program aimed at addressing the shortage of pilots that currently exists across the U.S. Air Force. The square profile relocatable modular building provides space for eight training classrooms, 15 offices, a squadron briefing room, conference room, and an administrative reception area. Provided on a five year operating lease, the building exterior is designed with R-Panel metal siding and a TPO roof. The interior will utilize vinyl covered gypsum on the walls and a combination of carpet tiles, vinyl composition tile, and sheet vinyl for the flooring. The heating and cooling of the facility will be accommodated by 14 Bard Exterior Wall Mount ducted air-conditioners. As part of the contract, Ramtech will be responsible for providing the office and classroom furniture throughout the building, along with the development of the site including the building pad, the extension and connection of all utilities, and the fire sprinkler and alarm systems.
Located 90 miles northwest of Oklahoma City, Vance Air Force Base is the northernmost Specialized Undergraduate Pilot Training base in the Air Education and Training Command. The base has 1,200 active duty and reserve military along with 1,300 civilian employees that support approximately 500 student pilots in their training pipeline. In order to meet the current shortage of pilots in the Air Force, Vance has been tasked with increasing its pilot output by about 30 percent by 2021. Ramtech will start the manufacturing of the pilot training facility during the last week of December and commence the site development beginning in mid-January. The modular building project has an expected completion date of late April of next year. The Air Force expects to occupy the building beginning June 1, 2019.