By purchasing the buildings through the BuyBoard, Aldine ISD was able to streamline the purchasing phase in order to shorten the length of time that would have been required using a conventional bidding process
Mansfield, TX (PRWEB) June 28, 2013
Commercial modular building firm Ramtech Building Systems of Mansfield, TX has announced that the company has completed work on a $1.9 million contract for four new modular cafeteria buildings for the Aldine Independent School District in Houston, Texas. Completed in under 90 days, Ramtech installed two relocatable modular buildings at both Nimitz and MacArthur High Schools for use as interim facilities while the renovation of each school's existing cafeterias takes place. After beginning the manufacturing phase of the 41,216 square foot modular construction project prior to the end of February, Ramtech was then able to perform all the site related activities in time for Aldine ISD to begin food service prior to the start of their summer school programs.
The Aldine ISD serves portions of Houston and other unincorporated areas in Harris County, Texas. Encompassing over 111 square miles, the District has an enrollment of 63,900 students at 78 campuses making it the 11th largest school district in Texas. Because of the urgent need and short lead time in getting the interim cafeterias installed and operational, the School District opted to purchase both buildings using Ramtech's contract with the Texas Association of School Boards' BuyBoard Purchasing Cooperative. According to Gary White, Ramtech’s vice-president of sales and estimating, “By purchasing the buildings through the BuyBoard, this allowed them to streamline the entire purchasing phase in order to shorten the length of time that would have been required through a conventional bidding process." Aldine ISD plans to use the four modular cafeteria buildings for approximately one year or until the renovations of their existing permanent facilities are complete. Two of the buildings will then be relocated to another high school while the renovation of its cafeteria takes place. In order to make the project as cost effective as possible, after the renovations are completed the modular buildings will be dismantled and reconfigured into double-wide portable classroom buildings. To facilitate this transition, the Type V wood frame buildings use a factory applied 29-guage R-panel metal siding on the exterior, with 5-ton wall-mounted air conditioning units located along each of the side walls where the modular buildings will be divided. The interiors of the buildings were then finished with vinyl covered gypsum walls, along with an Armstrong Corlon rolled heavy-duty sheet vinyl on the floors to accommodate the high traffic use. Each of the facilities features a full commercial kitchen, space for four food serving lines, and ample seating in the dining areas. With two modular cafeterias at each location, once the buildings were installed Redd Team steps, ramps, and landings were integrated to connect the facilities to each other and to the existing structures.
About Ramtech Building Systems
Since 1982 Ramtech Building Systems has been providing innovative modular buildings for government agencies, healthcare providers, Fortune 500 companies, and educational institutions throughout the Southern United States. As a design-build construction company, Ramtech offers full in-house design, a manufacturer direct product, and complete site construction services all within a single-source solution. The Aldine ISD project was designed and manufactured at Ramtech’s Mansfield, TX headquarters, part of a 20-acre development located in the southern part of the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. 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. By emphasizing a value engineering approach, Ramtech has successfully completed over 3,000 diverse projects of all sizes. For more information, visit the company's website at ramtechmodular.com.