By Nick Gilbert
A sub-contract of 9.7 million dollars to supply modular structures for the fifth and ultimate stage of the MILCON Unaccompanied Enlisted Personnel Housing (UEPH) Advanced Individual Training (AIT) barracks to cater to the needs of the U.S. Army at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, Texas, was awarded to Ramtech Building Systems from Mansfield, Texas.
Ramtech 80,000 Square Foot Manufacturing Facility
This venture was part of the compound order comprising several jobs under an Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) project earlier awarded to the southwest division of Hensel Phelps Construction in Austin, Texas.
The Jacobs Engineering Group was sub-contracted for architectural and engineering jobs and Ramtech for fabricating and erecting the 152 separate modular floor sections to be assembled into a four-story building with 272 rooms. The manufacturing stage is scheduled to begin in September and conclude by December 2013 and covers 116,480 sq. ft. The AIT barracks to accommodate combat troops would meet the U.S. Army’s strict Anti-Terrorism Force Protection construction guidelines and advanced breakdown stipulations for structures of three and more floors. The permanent modular structures would have to comply with LEED Silver stipulations by providing various state-of-the-art features.The structure would include sleeping space, laundry facilities, computer room and training space.
After prolonged sometimes frustrating efforts to obtain “faster, cheaper, better and greener” long-term and durable accommodations at the required time, the Army Corps of Engineers came up with a strategy to regularize accommodations by using prefabricated structures to build permanent modular buildings.
Ramtech has previous subcontracting experience in various projects with Hensel Phelps, and both share a good working bond.