There are many challenges to modular construction, especially commercial modular construction which includes both temporary as well as permanent modular buildings used for schools, hospitals, office and retail facilities. Here in the U.S. it is challenging enough that the states having different regulatory requirements that control commercial modular construction, however the biggest problem usually occurs when a modular dealer, manufacturer, or general contractor takes on a project that they do not have the past experience to successfully complete. The key – establish partnerships with modular manufacturers, general contractors, and A/E firms that understand the benefits of commercial modular construction as well as the limitations, so that proposals presented to potential customers accurately present the quality, time frame, and scopes of work provided by the team. Through this approach, commercial modular projects can be completed on time, to code, and to the owner’s satisfaction. Remember, the definition of a successful project is not just being the low bidder. Long after a project is completed, the owner will usually address and discuss the overall quality of the project and whether or not modular construction delivered on the promises of speed and cost savings, while the modular company compares the actual profitability of the project to the pricing they bid.
Since 1982, Ramtech Building Systems has successfully completed over 3,000 commercial modular projects. While Ramtech is a vertically integrated modular company with design, manufacturing, and construction professionals, there are times when it is necessary for Ramtech to team with other companies in the pursuit of large, very sophisticated commercial projects. Ramtech has worked with Hensel Phelps in the design and construction of (24) two-story Company Operations Facilities totaling 432,000 square feet at FortBliss, providing both the manufacturing and installation of the modular buildings while working with Benham Architects in a design-assist role. Also, while partnering with Luckett and Farley Architects, Ramtech was awarded a prime design-build contract at Fort Bliss to build three facilities including a 99,050 square foot Headquarters Facility, a 14,400 square foot Military Police Headquarters, and a 14,728 square foot Base Data Center. In each case Ramtech provided the manufacturing, all site development, and worked in a design-assist role while Luckett and Farley acted as the A/E of record. These are just two of the several large projects that Ramtech has performed over the last 30 years where we have partnered with large contractors and design firms, in order to successfully complete big sophisticated jobs.