Mansfield, TX (PRWEB) October 31, 2012
Ramtech Building Systems of Mansfield, Texas announced today that the company is on schedule and is now 20% complete with the manufacturing phase for the company's contract to provide the modular buildings for the fifth and final phase of the MILCON Unaccompanied Enlisted Personnel Housing (UEPH) Advanced Individual Training (AIT) Barracks to be used by the U.S. Army at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, Texas. The project is part of a multiple task order under an Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contract previously awarded to the Southwest Division of Hensel Phelps Construction Co. in Austin, Texas. Ramtech is acting as a strategic subcontractor responsible for the fabrication and installation of 152 individual modular floor sections that will be assembled to create the 116,480 square foot four-story, 272 room structure. The shipping of the modular sections to the site will begin in the middle of November, with installation starting on December 10. The manufacturing phase for the $9.7 million modular construction project is slated to be completed in January 2013, with site construction activities including the building of exterior components and all field installed plumbing finished in February of 2014.
Faced with the challenge of acquiring permanent facilities “faster, better, cheaper, and greener,” in 2005 the Army Corps of Engineers embarked on a master planning program to change the way it executed MILCON and BCA programs. Frustrated at not getting quality facilities in the timeframe it needed them, the Corps established a continuous building program that emphasized the standardization of facilities and processes while expanding the use of prefabricated buildings including permanent modular buildings. Ramtech has worked as a subcontractor to Hensel Phelps on several previous high-profile projects, including the construction and fabrication of 24 single and two story administrative modules for the U.S. Army at Fort Bliss in El Paso, Texas and the manufacturing and construction of temporary modular barracks facilities for the Army's 4th infantry division at Fort Hood in Killeen, Texas. For the Fort Sam project, Ramtech's contract called for the installation at the company's facility of a full-scale completely finished-out modular section to be inspected and then used as a model and guide during the manufacturing phase. According to Gary White, Ramtech's vice president sales and estimating, "Hensel-Phelps has a full-time quality assurance official monitoring our manufacturing process who has stated that with respect to the first four phases of the barracks complex, our manufacturing is without a doubt superior to any other manufacturer they have worked with."
Because the AIT barracks facility houses U.S. combat troops, the structure will be built to meet the Army’s rigid Anti-Terrorism Force Protection (AT/FP) construction standards and progressive collapse requirements for buildings three stories and above. All of the floor sections are designed and built as a six-sided unitized box acting as a rigid cube when stacked together with the other sections. The building will also meet the requirements of LEED Silver Certification by including waterless urinals, energy star roofing material, recycling of waste materials to achieve a 50% diversion of waste normally sent to land-fills, and utilization of construction materials with a 20% recycled content. Heating and cooling will be provided through a chilled water assist hydronic heat pump system with each unit serving one dorm room. Ramtech will be responsible for the plumbing and electrical connections as well as some of the interior finish-out including the ceramic tile installation. In addition to the sleeping areas, the building will also house a computer learning center, training area, and laundry facilities.