Hidalgo County recognized that they needed more complex modular buildings for a project like this, and that required a design-build construction company like Ramtech to provide all of the construction services they were looking for
Mansfield, TX (PRWEB) September 30, 2013
Ramtech Building Systems of Mansfield, Texas has announced that Hidalgo County, Texas has now occupied and is utilizing the three modular buildings that were purchased to be used as interim facilities during the County's renovation of their existing courtroom structures. Two of the buildings are providing five courtrooms with administrative support space for criminal, civil, and family and child protective services cases, while the third building is being used for administrative space for the district clerk's office. The manufacturing of the building sections were fabricated at Ramtech's plant in Mansfield at the end of 2012. To facilitate the procurement process for the time sensitive project, all of the buildings were purchased through the Texas Buyboard network purchasing cooperative.
Located in the center of downtown Edinburg, Texas, Hidalgo County's decision to renovate their existing courthouse building brought a series of challenges as to how they could secure adequate interim space for their day-to-day operations during the remodeling. Because the court's sally port and holding cell facilities for the prisoners were also at this location, a perimeter security system would have been extremely expensive and time consuming to replicate at a different location. So to minimize the expense and potential for costly delays, Hidalgo County made the decision to have Ramtech install the three modular buildings on the northwest parking area adjacent to the existing courthouse. Since Hidalgo County was new to the use of modular buildings, Ramtech was instrumental in providing assistance in the preplanning phase and in designing and engineering the project. According to Gary White, Ramtech's Vice President of Sales, "Hidalgo recognized that they needed more complex modular buildings for a project like this, and that required a design-build modular construction company like Ramtech to provide all of the construction services they were looking for."
The renovation of the County's existing courthouse structure is expected to take 18-24 months. The new modular buildings will provide replacement space for courtrooms, jury rooms, and conference areas for the attorneys and their clients along with judges chambers, offices for court staff and reporters, and foyers with security at the public entrances. The interior finishes for each facility utilize vinyl covered sheetrock walls, suspended acoustical ceilings, and a combination of carpet and tile flooring throughout the buildings. Heating and cooling are accommodated through the use of attic-mounted split systems designed and zoned to provide maximize energy efficiency. The primary exterior finishes have utilized an earth tone Sherwin-Williams UltraCrete synthetic stucco with a 44-inch metal fascia, providing the buildings with the look and feel of permanent facilities while still having the capability to be relocated.
About Ramtech Building Systems
As the largest supplier of commercial modular buildings in Texas, Ramtech has over 30 years of experience while successfully completing over 3,000 projects. All of the modular buildings for the Hidalgo County project were constructed 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. Many of Ramtech's modular buildings can be purchased through several purchasing cooperatives including the Texas BuyBoard and the Houston-Galveston Area Council HGACBuy programs. More information on Ramtech's product offerings and work with government agencies can be found at their government website http://www.ramtechgsa.com.