Ramtech Begins Installation of Permanent Modular Office Building for Los Alamos National Laboratory

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Design-build commercial modular construction firm Ramtech Building Systems of Mansfield, Texas has announced that the company has begun the installation of the 26 non-combustible steel-framed modular sections that will make up the two-story multi-use office building project the company is constructing for Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) in Los Alamos, NM. Ramtech expects to have the installation fully completed during the first week of September and will then begin the interior and exterior finish-out process on the two-story 22,680 square foot multi-use office building project that is slated for completion by March of 2021.

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Module Installation Using Ramtech's Slab-on-Grade Permanent Modular Construction for a Two-story Multi-use Office Building for Los Alamos National Laboratory

Design-build commercial modular construction firm Ramtech Building Systems of Mansfield, Texas has announced that the company has begun the installation of the 26 non-combustible steel-framed modular sections that will make up the two-story multi-use office building the company is constructing for Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) in Los Alamos, NM. The module setting process began for the 22,680 square foot permanent modular building after the company was required to spend several weeks performing an extensive sub-surface investigation. This was done to locate both the known and unknown utilities and the remnants of a previous structure prior to developing the foundation for the new structure.

The project is being built using Ramtech’s innovative slab-on-grade permanent modular construction process. Using this method, factory-built modular sections are constructed as three-dimensional structural components with attached walls but no floor. The modular sections are then transported to the construction site and installed by crane directly onto a conventional concrete slab foundation. This allows the concrete slab to become the floor of the building just like a typical site-built structure.

Designated as a Multi-Use Office Building (MUOB) project, the new facility is being installed adjacent to LANL's main headquarters located in Technical Area 3. The permanent modular office building will include an atrium, elevator, and two stairwells. The floor plan calls for 67 personal business offices in three sizes, along with an open office plan on both floors that can accommodate 12 freestanding office spaces using custom furniture cubicles.

Although not LEED certified, the facility is requiring that the design and construction incorporate materials that are specified to process and utilize sustainable methods. The turnkey project also requires Ramtech to perform all the necessary site work including the extension and connection of utilities. The exterior finishes call for a permanent look using durable Hi-Rib horizontal metal panels at grade and an Exterior Insulation and Finish System (EIFS) with stucco textures that will accent the buildings geometry. The roofing system will incorporate a multi-layer SBS Modified Bitumen DOE "cool" installation. The interior materials and finishes have all been chosen based on aesthetics, sustainability, durability, and ease of maintenance in order to provide a facility that promotes an exceptional work environment for the building's occupants. Ramtech expects to have the project completed prior to March of 2021.

About Ramtech and Modular Construction

Since 1982 Ramtech Building Systems has been providing innovative relocatable modular buildings and two types of permanent modular construction for commercial companies, educational institutions, government agencies, and healthcare providers throughout the Southern United States. As a vertically integrated design-build construction company, Ramtech provides full in-house design, a manufacturer direct product, and complete site construction services all within a single-source solution. Ramtech can offer facilities built using permanent modular construction on both a pier and beam or concrete slab foundation. Both options combine the best of off-site manufacturing and on-site construction techniques to produce a building faster and with less cost, but identical in the look, functionality, and life expectancy of a completely site-built structure. By emphasizing a value engineering approach, Ramtech has successfully completed over 4,000 diverse projects of all sizes. For more information, visit the company's website at RamtechModular.com.

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