Monday, January 27, 2014

Ramtech Replaces Classrooms Destroyed by Fertilizer Plant Explosion

Ramtech Building Systems has released a new video that highlights the recently completed modular construction of the instructional and support facilities for the West (TX) ISD’s replacement middle and high school campus. Narrated by Dr. Marty Crawford, the District’s superintendent of schools, the video highlights the modular school buildings that are located on the West Middle School site which was destroyed by the massive fertilizer plant explosion on April 17 of last year.

The temporary campus is comprised of 28 separate structures including 17 new relocatable modular buildings that were designed, manufactured, and installed by Ramtech.  The 69,776 square foot modular construction project includes three 10-classroom buildings, four computer and science labs, two locker room buildings, an administrative office, cafeteria, band hall, and a life skills building.

Each of the buildings were built with a 26 gauge R-panel metal exterior, and have interiors that incorporate vinyl covered gypsum for the walls and vinyl composition tiles on the floors. All of the modular school buildings for the $2.5 million project were leased through the Texas BuyBoard cooperative purchasing network and will be used for the next two years while  new intermediate/middle and high school facilities are constructed. 

The interim campus is part of the first phase of The Restore West ISD building program, which includes the modular buildings that were funded out of the $5.6 million in disaster aid provided by FEMA for infrastructure repairs and temporary classrooms. West ISD also received donated portable classrooms from several North Texas school districts, which together with the new modular buildings will accommodate over 700 students.

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