The middle school students of Hardin-Jefferson Independent School District in Sour Lake, Texas closed out their first school year in a temporary middle school campus built Ramtech after the devastating flooding that occurred along the Texas Gulf Coast in August of last year. The 36,908 square foot modular construction project was installed on the grounds of the school district’s high school, and will serve as a replacement for Henderson Middle School until a new permanent facility can be constructed in the future. The relocatable modular school buildings that make up the interim use facility include 34 classrooms inside 17 portable classroom buildings, a full-service cafeteria and dining hall, two modular toilet facilities, boys and girls locker rooms, a library, and an administrative office area. The buildings all use light sand colored R-Panel metal siding on the exteriors, and are finished-out with lay-in ceilings, vinyl covered gypsum walls, and a combination of commercial grade carpet and vinyl composition tile flooring for the interiors. Heating and cooling of the structures are accommodated by Bard exterior wall-mounted HVAC units. Ramtech completed its scope of work in 45 days, beginning in mid-September and less than two weeks after the Sour Lake community’s receiving over 61 inches of rain.
Ramtech has over 35 years of extensive experience in mobilizing its physical and human resources to quickly and efficiently provide relocatable modular buildings and permanent modular construction for natural and man-made disaster recovery relief efforts. In 1995 we rebuilt multiple schools after Hurricane Marilyn devastated the U.S. Virgin Islands. After a massive fertilizer plant explosion destroyed parts of West, Texas in 2013, Ramtech was able to design, manufacture, and install 28 separate structures that formed a temporary 69,776 square foot middle and high school campus in under 60 days. When torrential rains in March 2016 caused the forced release of water from the Sabine River resulting in the flooding of the community of Deweyville, Texas, we mobilized to provide 11 buildings totaling over 25,000 square feet to replace the local school district’s damaged elementary school. Ramtech is able to help our clients locate funding sources for short and long-term leasing options, and is experienced in working with FEMA and other federal, state, and local government agencies to expedite the acquisition and construction process.