Design-build construction firm Ramtech Building Systems of Mansfield, Texas has announced that the company has begun the site development work to prepare for the installation of a new high school facility for the Randolph Field (TX) Independent School District. The design-build contract calls for Ramtech to provide complete turnkey services to the district using the company’s Accelerated Building System (ABS) prefabricated construction method for a 47,448 square foot two-story facility. To make way for the new $7.3 million school building, the school district demolished two existing structures which were removed during the spring of this year. The design of the new structure will provide space for 23 classrooms, an eighth grade science center, two computer labs, two student commons, and an administrative area with offices, counseling suite, and a nurse station.
The facility will also include four high school level labs for physics, biology, chemistry, and environmental science all situated around a common central preparation area with chemical storage capability. The building’s exterior design calls for masonry on the first floor and a high profile custom-colored architectural metal siding in horizontal and vertical orientations designed to highlight the building entrances and complement the finishes of the existing campus structures. High-efficiency gas-fired rooftop HVAC units will provide heating and cooling on the second floor of the building, with zoned electrical HVAC units for the first floor. Ramtech began the manufacturing of the building in the middle of November and expects to begin the setting the modular sections during the first week of February. The current schedule calls for the project to be complete by the end of July. Once the new building is operational, the district plans to demolish the current high school structure.
The Randolph Field ISD serves the children of military personnel at Randolph Air Force Base, part of the Joint Base San Antonio System. Founded in 1933, the school district is one of only three in Texas whose boundaries fall entirely within a military installation. To facilitate the planned expansion, the school chose to replace the current high school with a new two-story facility adjacent to the existing high school and middle school. According to Ramtech president Linc Moss, “Randolph ISD immediately saw the speed, cost and quality benefits of using our Accelerated Building System after they reviewed the two permanent ABS projects that we completed for Blue Ridge ISD.” Prior to awarding the design-build contract to Ramtech, the school district worked with Gallagher Construction to develop the district’s master plan and to facilitate the RFP and contract negotiations for the prefabricated building project.