Ramtech has now finished the manufacturing phase for a 3,249 square foot modular building that will be used as an education testing lab for the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville. The modular construction project is being built under a job order contract (JOC) awarded to the Northwest Arkansas office of CDI Contractors, LLC, with architectural and design assistance provided by Miller Boskus Lack Architects, P. A., both of Fayetteville.
The new building will be located next to another double-wide modular office building, each of which are adjacent to the university’s primary office area. The interior floor plan consists of men’s and women’s restrooms, a waiting room, and a wide open testing area with ample space for multiple cubicles. Ramtech will also provide delivery, installation and finish-out of the building including the handicap accessible steps, ramps, and landing. The exterior finish will consist of 26-gauge R-panel metal siding and HardiePanel skirting to act as a wainscot. The interior calls for field applied textured and painted walls, along with carpet tiles for the open area and vinyl composition tile in the restrooms. Heating and cooling will be accommodated by three zoned split systems including two 3-ton and one 4-ton unit. The project is scheduled to be finished by the second week of May with occupancy slated for the beginning of June.
Ramtech was able to promote the project when officials from the University of Arkansas, CDI Contractors, and Miller Boskus Lack Architects visited our offices while doing preliminary due diligence on a permanent project slated for the future. The six classroom modular wing addition that Ramtech had installed as a demonstration facility adjacent to our manufacturing plant caught the eye of each attendee and was immediately recognized as the perfect solution for the testing lab they wanted to build. The University was able to quickly approve the project and then move the requirement through the procurement process using CDI Contractors JOC contract which allows for construction projects under $400,000.
Little Rock Arkansas-based CDI Contractors, LLC is a licensed general and electrical contractor in 29 states. A wholly-owned subsidiary of Dillard’s Inc., CDI originally was founded to construct Dillard’s facilities all over the United States for the upscale department store retailer. In addition to retail construction, the company also provides facilities to the healthcare, education, hospitality, and government markets.
Miller Boskus Lack Architects, P. A., is the descendant of an existing Fayetteville-based architectural firm dating back to 1954. The firm works with contractors across the country designing commercial buildings for healthcare, shopping centers, restaurants, education facilities, churches, industrial buildings, and exclusive custom residences.