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
Mansfield, TX (PRWEB) February 20, 2013
Commercial modular building firm Ramtech Building Systems of Mansfield, TX has announced that the company has secured a new $1.9 million contract to provide four new modular cafeteria buildings totaling 41,216 square feet to the Aldine Independent School District in Houston, Texas. The project calls for two modular buildings to be installed at both Nimitz and MacArthur High Schools for use as interim facilities while the renovation of each school's existing cafeterias takes place. Ramtech is scheduled to begin the manufacturing phase of the modular construction project prior to the end of February, and will commence the site activities during the first week of March. The company expects to complete the project prior to April 15, which will provide the Aldine ISD with the lead time required to prepare the facilities to begin food service to their students by May 1st.
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 required to get 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 six months or until the renovations of their existing permanent facilities are complete. In order to make the project as cost effective as possible, the modular buildings have been designed for secondary utilization use as double-wide portable classroom buildings. To accomplish this, the Type V wood frame buildings will 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 will incorporate 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 will have 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 are installed, the steps, ramps, and landings will be built to connect the facilities to each other while providing access 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 will be 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.