This project provides space for 24 standard classrooms
to accommodate up to 528 additional students.
The building has five special-use classrooms for the
school’s art, music, speech, and special education
programs. It also includes a cafeteria with a warming
kitchen, administrative offices, a library, tutoring center
and learning lab, and a 3,000 square foot multipurpose
exercise room with athletic flooring and a 14 foot ceiling
We incorporated a mix of masonry and EFIS that
complemented the existing structures and provided
a cohesive appearance to the campus. Interior fi nish
selections were largely driven by the educational use
and included painted gypsum, resilient and ceramic tile
as well as an acoustical drop ceiling.
Ramtech developed our Slab-on-Grade PMC System
as an efficient means to provide concrete floors
while dealing with the highly expansive soils found
throughout Texas. Conventional pier and beam PMC
installations require a grade-beam or stem-wall
foundation supported typically by under-reamed drilled
piers. Then a conventional block pier supports a steel
modular floor system with a corrugated steel deck
and three inches of poured light-weight concrete.
redundancy of structures (expense of foundation and
a modular floor system) adds considerable cost to the
project. By utilizing a poured-in-place conventional
concrete slab as prescribed by the geotechnical
engineer, then placing a floorless module directly atop
the slab, three things are achieved at a lesser cost:
better floor acoustics due to more mass (quiet floors); a
grade level entry is provided at all exterior doors; and
there is no crawlspace to ventilate, greatly reducing the
possibility of poor indoor air quality.
This article originally appeared in the Modular Advantage Magazine - First Quarter 2018 released in February 2018.