University of Arkansas Testing Program Adds Ramtech Modular Building
Mansfield, TX (PRWEB) April 30, 2012
Design-build construction firm Ramtech Building Systems has announced that the company has now completed the manufacturing phase for a testing center for the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville. Developed for the University of Arkansas Testing Services, the modular construction project is being built under a job order contract (JOC) awarded to the Northwest Arkansas office of CDI Contractors, LLC, with architectural and design assistance provided by Miller Boskus Lack Architects, P. A., both of Fayetteville. The new 3,249 square foot modular building will be located on the west side of the college campus adjacent to the former office of the Southeast Conference Academic Consortium near the university's football and basketball facilities. The interior floor plan consists of a waiting room, men’s and women’s restrooms, and a wide open testing area with ample space for multiple cubicles. Ramtech will also provide delivery, installation and finish-out of the building including the handicap accessible steps, ramps, and landing. The exterior finish will consist of 26-gauge R-panel metal siding and HardiePanel skirting to act as a wainscot. The interior calls for field applied textured and painted walls, along with carpet tiles for the open area and vinyl composition tile in the restrooms. Heating and cooling will be accommodated by three zoned split systems including two 3-ton and one 4-ton unit.
The project is scheduled to be completed by the second week of May with occupancy slated for the beginning of June. Ramtech was able to promote the project when officials from the University of Arkansas, CDI Contractors, and Miller Boskus Lack Architects visited the company's offices while doing preliminary due diligence on a permanent project being developed for the future. The six classroom modular wing addition that Ramtech has installed as a demonstration facility adjacent to their manufacturing plant caught the eye of each attendee and was immediately recognized as the perfect solution for the testing lab they wanted to build. The University was able to quickly approve the project and then move the requirement through the procurement process using CDI Contractors JOC contract which allows for construction projects under $400,000. According to Gary White, Ramtech's vice-president of sales and estimating, "Once the University officials saw what we could provide when they toured our plant and finished-out demonstration facility, it was an easy decision for them to choose a Ramtech modular building for the project."
Little Rock Arkansas-based CDI Contractors, LLC is a licensed general and electrical contractor in 29 states. A wholly-owned subsidiary of Dillard's Inc., CDI originally was founded to construct Dillard's facilities all over the United States for the upscale department store retailer. In addition to retail construction, the company also provides facilities to the healthcare, education, hospitality, and government markets. Miller Boskus Lack Architects, P. A., is the descendent of an existing Fayetteville-based architectural firm dating back to 1954. The firm works with contractors across the country designing commercial buildings for healthcare, shopping centers, restaurants, education facilities, churches, industrial buildings, and exclusive custom residences.
About Ramtech Building Systems
The modular buildings for the University of Arkansas project were designed and manufactured at Ramtech’s Mansfield, TX manufacturing facility, part of a 20 acre development located in the southern part of the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. The company has convenient access to the major transportation arteries that serve cities throughout Texas and 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 2,500 prefabricated buildings for diverse projects of all sizes. For more information, visit the company's website at http://www.ramtechgroup.com.