Modular Building Institute

Deweyville ISD Emergency Elementary Campus

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Main Category:
Modular Building Design
Ramtech Building Systems, Inc.
Orange, TX
Building Use:
Disaster Relief Classroom Space
Gross Size of Project:
31744 Square Feet
Days to complete:

Award Criteria

  1. Architectural Excellence
    In March of 2016 the small Southeast Texas community of Deweyville was ravaged by flood waters from the swollen Sabine River. Deweyville’s elementary school was totally destroyed during the flood. The District, faced with what to do with 528 displaced students, opted to build a modular campus to provide space while new facilities are designed and constructed. The modular building campus was sited on raw land adjacent to the District's high school and required full site development to accommodate the multiple building configuration. The campus features an 8-classroom wing, eight double classroom buildings, a combination library/computer lab/admin building, and a cafeteria building. All of the buildings provide functional and distinctive custom floor plans which were interconnected with elevated covered walkways. The selection of the interior and exterior finishes was driven primarily by durability requirements to stand up to the rigors of elementary age children.
  2. Technical Innovation & Sustainability
    Due to delays associated with the FEMA funding and insurance investigations, a full contractual release for the design and construction was not received until late May of 2016. The project team commenced to design a fully functioning campus to accommodate over 550 students. Those designs were completed in late June. While the building fabrication took place, full site development commenced. This work consisted of utility extensions, building pad development, electrical switchgear, new parking lots, a bus lane and drop-off area, as well as drives necessary to receive the modular buildings. All of the work had to conform to FEMA guidelines for a temporary disaster relief project requiring that the entire facility could be removed upon completion of its use. The temporary nature of the project was ideal for modular construction which will allow the buildings to be removed and repurposed once the permanent school is completed.
  3. Cost Effectiveness
    To meet the deadline for the start of school, an extraordinary effort was required by all of the design, fabrication and construction teams. The factory production started on June 10, with the first modules arriving to the site on June 22 where site work had commenced on June 20. The deadline of August 22 allowed just 33 days for the necessary site development components, 42 days for fabrication and 30 days for delivery, installation and finish-out. Building finish-out included connection of the utilities, installation of fire alarm and communications systems, procurement and installation of a full commercial kitchen, construction of over 21,000 square feet of elevated walkways and canopies, as well as furniture move-in. The compressed schedule reduced the project’s general conditions by over 60%, while the 24-month operating lease allowed the district to only pay for the period of use while their permanent facilities are being rebuilt.
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