Last week Ramtech received word that the Redwater (TX) school board has approved a design-build agreement with us to proceed with providing preconstruction services for a 18,348 square foot middle school building to be completed next August prior to the 2014-2015 school year. The proposed $2.6 million project will require demolishing the School District’s existing seven classroom middle school facility and replacing it with a permanent modular building using our Accelerated Building System (ABS) which will accommodate 15 classrooms, a science lab, office area, and data room. The project also includes full site development including the extension and connection of utilities, rerouting an existing bus lane, building up the existing site elevation, and providing for additional sidewalks, canopies, and fencing. The modular school building will be able to accommodate 350 – 400 students and will include full lockers in the interior hallway, a full brick exterior designed to complement the surrounding structures, and textured and painted walls in the interior.
Located in BowieCounty, Redwater is 12 miles southwest of Texarkana, Texas in the Northeast corner of the state and currently serves 1,146 students from around the area. Once Redwater decided to proceed with developing a new middle school by working from their available funds, they recognized that our Accelerated Building System approach was the fastest most economical way to meet both their budget and timeframe requirements. The ABS method is a permanent modular construction approach that combines the best of off-site prefabrication and on-site construction techniques in order to produce a building faster and with less cost but identical in the look, functionality and life expectancy of a completely site-built structure. We are able to accomplish this by setting factory assembled modular sections complete with attached ceilings and walls – but no floors – directly onto a conventional concrete slab foundation. This allows the concrete slab to become the floor of the structure just like a site-built building. We then site-apply all of the exterior and interior finishes, enabling us to provide our clients with a new facility faster and with less design and construction costs. Ramtech anticipates beginning construction of the Redwater ISD middle school building at the beginning of the second quarter of 2014 in order to meet a completion date of August 1, 2014.
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.