Built to Last - NOAA Ft. Worth Weather Forecast Office Renews Lease on Ramtech Permanent Modular Building

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Ramtech Building Systems of Mansfield, Texas has announced that the company has reached an agreement with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) on a new 15 year lease for the agency's National Weather Service Weather Forecast Office located in Fort Worth, Texas. Designed, manufactured, and installed by Ramtech in 1993, the developer-owned project utilized permanent modular construction for the 10,500 square foot modular office building that serves as the regional weather forecasting and broadcasting facility for the North Texas region.

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The renewal of the building lease after 20 years of use is evidence that permanent modular buildings are just as durable and can achieve the same life spans as conventional site-built structures

Ramtech Building Systems of Mansfield, Texas has announced that the company has reached an agreement with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) on a new 15 year lease (with ten years guaranteed) for the agency's National Weather Service Weather Forecast Office located in Fort Worth, Texas. Originally leased by NOAA for ten years with a ten-year option in 1993, the new gross lease includes janitorial, maintenance, and landscaping services along with covering emergency 24/7 response, casualty insurance, and taxes. Designed, manufactured and installed by Ramtech, the developer-owned project provides a 10,500 square foot modular office building that sits on a fully fenced 4.55 acre site with 24-hour security. According to Linc Moss, Ramtech's president, "the renewal of the building lease after 20 years of use is evidence that permanent modular buildings are just as durable and can achieve the same life spans as conventional site-built structures."

Built using Ramtech's traditional permanent modular construction, the building utilizes wood and steel construction and a split-faced block exterior. One portion of the structure also has 12 inch thick concrete walls and ceiling to serve as a hardened shelter in the event of severe weather while also doubling as the facility's break room during normal business hours. To maintain constant operation in the event of a complete loss of electrical service, the facility has an emergency generator capable of providing for seven days of operations at 100% of the buildings rated load. The interior space features a large weather forecast operations room, five private offices, conference room and broadcast area. Over 50% of the interior space has raised computer flooring to accommodate the buildings IT and computer server areas. To maintain the proper temperature in these areas, the building has a fully redundant HVAC system for cooling and heating. The site also includes a non-attached 320 square foot building used for the daily launch of a hydrogen or helium-filled weather balloon with an attached radiosonde, a battery-powered instrument that measures and transmits profiles of air pressure, temperature, and relative humidity while also obtaining data for wind direction and speed from the Earth’s surface to about 20 miles high in the sky.

About Ramtech Building Systems
Since 1982, Texas-based Ramtech Building Systems has been providing innovative permanent modular construction and relocatable modular buildings for government agencies, educational institutions, healthcare providers, and Fortune 500 companies 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. By emphasizing a value engineering approach, Ramtech has successfully completed over 3,000 relocatable and permanent prefabricated buildings for diverse projects of all sizes. For more information, visit the company's website at ramtechmodular.com.

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