As the rebuilding effort continues for the West Independent School District in West, Texas, Ramtech publicly announced that we completed the essential instructional and support facilities that were required for the District’s middle and high school students to start the 2013 school year on August 26. The temporary campus is comprised of 28 structures including 17 new relocatable modular buildings that are located on the West Middle School site that was destroyed by the massive fertilizer plant explosion on April 17 of this year. Ramtech designed, manufactured, and installed the 69,776 square foot modular construction project which includes three 10-classroom buildings, four computer and science labs, two locker room buildings, an administrative office, cafeteria, band hall, and a life skills building. All of the buildings were built with a 26 gauge R-panel metal exterior, and have interiors that incorporate vinyl covered gypsum on the walls and vinyl composition tiles for the floors. We anticipate the special use facilities to be completed and operational prior to September 15. All of the modular school buildings for the $2.5 million project were leased through the Texas BuyBoard cooperative purchasing network and will be used for the next two years while new intermediate/middle and high schools facilities are constructed.
The interim campus is part of the first phase of “The Restore West ISD” building program, which includes the modular buildings that were funded out of the $5.6 million in disaster aid provided by FEMA for infrastructure repairs and temporary classrooms. West ISD also received donated portable classrooms from several North Texas school districts, which together with the new modular buildings will accommodate over 700 students. Ramtech has worked closely with construction manager Bartlett Cocke and Huckabee Architecture in order to complete the multi-building campus on a small six acre site in just 60 days. More information on the progress of the West rebuilding effort can be accessed at the website www.restorewestisd.com.
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.