Ramtech continued to build on our recent success in the college market by securing a new $3.5 million contract to provide three new modular buildings to be located on the main campus of the University of North Texas in Denton, Texas. The modular building portion of the three facilities totals 37,778 square feet, all of which will be used for the relocation of three of the University’s programs currently housed in the Stovall and Scoular Halls. Both of these Halls are being demolished to make way for a new $130 million University Union which will begin construction in June of this year. With an enrollment of over 35,000 students, UNT’s current union was built in the 1960s and was designed for a campus population of 17,000. The University expects the new union to play an important role in enrollment recruitment and retention, along with providing faculty and staff with a facility capable of hosting conferences, professional seminars and events that can enhance the academic reputation of the college.
Because of the urgency and short lead time required to get the project started, the University opted to purchase both buildings using Ramtech’s contract with the Texas Association of School Boards’ BuyBoard Purchasing Cooperative. Ramtech has provided design assistance for the modular construction project, and will begin the manufacturing phase beginning on April 24th. The buildings will be spread across two sites, with the first housing the University’s College of Visual Arts and Design as well as the Department of Counseling and Higher Education. These facilities will include both standard and specialized spaces for classrooms, studio lab teaching spaces, equipment dense work rooms, faculty and staff offices, storage for the fashion design and fibers programs, climate controlled vault space for up to 20,000 pieces of the Texas Fashion Collection, storage and processing space, conference rooms, a laundry room and clinical space. The second site will accommodate the Department of Dance and Theater Arts and will provide space for a student reception area, conference room, instrument storage, faculty and staff offices, four large dance rooms, and the dance computer lab. All of the buildings will be installed on poured foundations and will utilize roof-mounted heating and air-conditioning units. The exteriors will incorporate a HardiePanel embossed stucco painted to match the surrounding areas, and vinyl covered gypsum walls with vinyl composition tile flooring in the interior. Ramtech expects that all three facilities will be finished and ready for occupancy by the middle of August.
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.