By combining Ramtech's Accelerated Building System method with a design-build contract approach, we can provide school districts with the best possible value in the fastest time possible.
Mansfield, TX (PRWEB) December 29, 2012
Ramtech Building Systems, Mansfield, Texas has announced a new marketing program aimed at promoting the company's unique single-source design-build construction approach to expanding or adding new facilities at public schools. The program combines the company’s innovative Accelerated Building System (ABS) permanent modular construction method with a single-source design-build delivery system. This process results in a typical 25% cost savings and cuts up to 50% off the total project time over using either competitive bid or construction manager contracts for school construction. It also provides the added benefit of the school district knowing up front what the complete project will cost without having to pay for large design fees or committing to a construction contract. The Ramtech ABS design-build method also eliminates the frequent problems that arise between design and pricing, which often results in a project’s costs exceeding the school district’s budget. According to Gary White, Ramtech’s vice-president of sales and estimating, “By combining our ABS method with a design-build contract approach, we can provide school districts with the best possible value in the fastest time possible.”
Historically, most public school districts utilize either a competitive sealed bid or a construction manager contract when they engage in a school construction project. However, Ramtech’s ABS design-build approach lets schools take a different path, one that the company believes is a superior method that uses their specific approach to the design-build delivery system and permanent modular construction. Ramtech’s ABS design-build approach is implemented in three phases:
Phase 1: Ramtech's Free Project Planning. At absolutely no cost and prior to entering into a contract, Ramtech will provide a floor plan layout, a preliminary site plan design, an exterior rendering, outline the building specifications, and submit a detailed preliminary budget. Should the school district then desire to move forward, Ramtech will assist them in meeting any state requirements for selecting their design-build contractor. When Ramtech is selected by the school district, the process then moves on to phase two.
Phase 2: Ramtech’s Preconstruction Services. This initiates the design phase with a cost that usually falls between $30K to $75K. The design is taken to a point of completion where a fixed construction price can be established. After a comprehensive programming meeting, the civil design is taken to a level necessary for the site improvements to be priced out, while a geo-tech survey and report is conducted to the stage required to do the foundation design and pricing. At the same time, the building design is taken to a point requisite for its pricing, and finally a detailed project CPM schedule is generated. The final pricing for the project is then presented either as a Stipulated Sum or as a Guaranteed Maximum Price (GMP).
Phase 3: Ramtech’s Construction Services. At this stage the school district only has to enter into the construction phase of the contract if it is completely satisfied with both the design and the final price for the building. Once this occurs, the district provides Ramtech with a notice to proceed and they complete all of the design to 100%, obtain the necessary permits, and move forward with the construction.
When using Ramtech’s approach to design-build construction for modular building projects, Ramtech's designers and cost estimators always work closely together as a team. This allows them to stay focused on what the school district's budget is in order to develop a fixed cost proposal for their review before anyone spends a lot on design fees or the construction begins. The company’s vertically integrated approach insures a much smaller design fee, lower construction costs, reduced overhead expenses, and a faster completion time. And, by using permanent modular construction Ramtech can provide superior quality and added safety, less site disruptions, and reduced waste when compared to onsite construction using competitive sealed bids or construction manager contracts.
About Ramtech Building Systems
Located on 20 acres in the southern part of the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, Ramtech Building Systems has convenient access to the major transportation arteries that serve cities throughout 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. By emphasizing a value engineering approach, Ramtech has successfully completed over 3,000 prefabricated buildings for diverse projects of all sizes. For more information, visit the company's website at http://www.ramtechmodular.com.