Modular Building Institute

Martin Marietta In-plant Breakroom

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Main Category:
Modular Building Design
Ramtech Building Systems, Inc.
Midlothian, Texas
Building Use:
In-plant Breakroom Building
Gross Size of Project:
1080 Square Feet
Days to complete:

Award Criteria

  1. Architectural Excellence
    Ramtech’s traditional modular construction approach was utilized to fill Martin Marietta’s need for an in-plant breakroom building. The building was designed with atypical ten-foot-wide modules in order to fit within the encroaching cement plant infrastructure on all sides of the building. R-panel metal siding was chosen for the exterior of the building in order to aesthetically blend in with the metallic look and feel of the surrounding structures, and serrated OSHA-compliant stairs and ramps were painted to match the façade. Inside, a large open break room and two restrooms continue the upgraded industrial look and color scheme with matte ceramic tile floors and a grey tile wainscot on the easy-to-clean FRP walls.
  2. Technical Innovation & Sustainability
    The building site was approximately sixty feet deep and less than thirty feet wide, with extensive plant structure, piping and mechanics on all but one side, requiring the modules to be maneuvered through the plant via forklift and ultimately backed carefully onto a pre-existing slab. Once the modules were set, plumbing and electrical service was run to the building from the overhead structure and dropped down from above, using pipe and channel chosen to blend in with the surrounding infrastructure. To assist with keeping fine airborne particulates out of the building, a high efficiency wall-mounted HVAC unit with smart thermostatic controls was fitted with a 2” MERV8 filter on the fresh air intake.
  3. Cost Effectiveness
    The customer’s key motivations in going modular with this project were limiting the impact to existing operations and controlling direct and indirect costs. This meant it was critical for Ramtech to have the smallest construction footprint possible for the least amount of time. Ramtech’s building was installed over a weekend, and interior finishes were completed during business hours with no interruption to plant operations – ultimately, Ramtech was onsite for only two weeks. Since all exterior finishes and the vast majority of mechanical and electrical work were done in Ramtech’s manufacturing plant, costly site labor was largely avoided and the budget was easily satisfied, inclusive of interior finish upgrades. Additionally, the controlled manufacturing environment led to zero weather-related material loss and allowed for all wood and metal cutoffs to be recycled and repurposed in future projects.
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