Modular Building Complex Used for New KIPP Charter School in Arkansas

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Ramtech Building Systems, Mansfield, TX has announced that the company has completed construction on a five-unit modular building complex for KIPP Delta Public Schools of Helena, Arkansas. The modular construction project provides for an elementary and middle school consisting of three 8,100 square foot eight-classroom buildings, a 3,600 square foot food preparation and cafeteria facility, and a 3,600 square foot administrative office complex. The buildings are located at KIPP's new campus location in Blytheville, Arkansas, the organization's second location in their Arkansas Delta Region. This was Ramtech's second project for KIPP, one of the nation’s largest charter school providers serving more than 39,000 students at 125 schools in 20 states and the District of Columbia. School officials have scheduled an official opening of the new modular school for September 13, 2012 at 8:30 am CST.

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KIPP Blytheville College Preparatory School

KIPP was very pleased with the project that we did for them at their San Antonio, Texas location and they encouraged the architect on the project to work with us on developing the modular building designs for this job

Ramtech Building Systems, Mansfield, TX has announced that the company has completed construction on a five-unit modular building complex for KIPP Delta Public Schools of Helena, Arkansas. The modular construction project provides for an elementary and middle school consisting of three 8,100 square foot eight-classroom buildings, a 3,600 square foot food preparation and cafeteria facility, and a 3,600 square foot administrative office complex. The buildings are located at KIPP's new campus location in Blytheville, Arkansas, the organization's second location in their Arkansas Delta Region. This was Ramtech's second project for KIPP, one of the nation’s largest charter school providers serving more than 39,000 students at 125 schools in 20 states and the District of Columbia.

Known as the Blytheville College Preparatory School, the new modular school campus location is part of a four-acre development designed by Stuck & Associates Architects of Jonesboro, Arkansas. Ramtech provided the buildings as a key subcontractor to Rowan Construction Services of Marianna, Arkansas the general contractor selected for the project. According to Gary White, Ramtech's vice president of sales and estimating, “KIPP was very pleased with the project that we did for them at their San Antonio, Texas location and they encouraged the architect on the project to work with us on developing the modular building designs for this job.” The Blytheville location will be developed in two phases, with the second phase providing for a new high school complex at the school.

KIPP, which stands for the Knowledge Is Power Program, is a national network of free, open-enrollment, college-preparatory public schools with a solid track record of preparing students in underserved communities for success in college and in life. Nationally, more than 95 percent of KIPP middle school students have graduated high school, and more than 85 percent of KIPP alumni have gone on to college. Nationally, the charter school movement has experienced exponential growth in recent years, with more than 500 new charter schools opened in the 2011-2012 school year alone. According to the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools, nearly 2 million students nationwide are now enrolled in charter schools compared to 46 million students in traditional K-12 public schools.

About Ramtech Building Systems
All of the modular buildings for the KIPP charter school project were built at Ramtech’s Mansfield, TX manufacturing facility, part of a 20 acre development located in the southern part of the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. The company has convenient access to the major transportation arteries that serve cities throughout Texas and the Southwest. Structured as a vertically integrated design-build construction company, Ramtech provides space planning, design services, manufacturing, site construction and finish-out on every project they produce. The company maintains a consistent workforce of production workers and supervisory personnel with an average of 13 years experience, many with tenures over 20 years. This experience, coupled with Ramtech’s approach to modular manufacturing and construction, allows for greater control at each step in the building process resulting in significant time and money savings for their clients. For more information, visit the company's website at http://www.ramtechgroup.com.

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