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BUSINESS NEWS RAMTECH WINS BEST OF SHOW AND TWO AWARDS OF DISTINCTION AT THE MODULAR BUILDING INSTITUTE’S 2020 WORLD OF MODULAR CONVENTION Design-build commercial modular construction firm Ramtech Building Systems of Mansfield, Texas, announced that the company received their first Best of Show award and two Awards of Distinction at the Modular Building Institute’s 2020 World of Modular annual convention and trade show. Ramtech received the Best of Show award and an Award of Distinction in the Relocatable Office category for a modular office building that the company manufactured and installed at the Fort Hood, Texas, operations center of Dominion Energy. The design-build project was a joint venture between Ramtech and Wilmot Modular Structures of White Marsh, Maryland. The project design criteria required high end finishes, sustainable materials, energy saving practices, and the ability to relocate and expand the building in the future. “Winning the Best of Show award from our peers in the commercial modular industry is an honor,” said Matt Slataper, president of Ramtech. “It’s a testimony to the dedication of our people and the collaborative team approach that we bring to every project we do.” The second Award of Distinction was in the Permanent Special Application category for a 1,080 square foot in-plant employee breakroom, developed for Martin Marietta at the company’s Midlothian cement plant. The facility was constructed using traditional modular construction with atypical 10-foot- wide modules in order to fit within an area surrounded by the extensive piping and rigging of one of the cement plant’s kilns. The project required a small on-site construction footprint to minimize the impact on Martin Marietta’s existing operations. Because most

of the interior and exterior finishes and the mechanical and electrical work were done in Ramtech’s manufacturing plant, the facility was installed on a weekend and finished out in under two weeks. The 2020 Modular Building Institute Awards of Distinction program included hundreds of entries in categories for relocatable, permanent, and renovated modular buildings, as well as for marketing and promotional pieces. The Awards of Distinction competition includes more than 30 categories for relocatable and permanent modular buildings, and facilities that were renovated for reuse. MBI member companies may submit entries that are reviewed by an impartial panel of industry and non-industry construction and code experts, architects, and engineers for architectural excellence, technical innovation, sustainability, cost effectiveness, energy efficiency, and calendar days to complete. Since 1982 Ramtech Building Systems has been providing innovative relocatable modular buildings and two types of permanent modular construction for commercial companies, educational institutions, government agencies, and healthcare providers throughout the Southern United States. As a vertically integrated design-build construction company, Ramtech provides full in-house design, a manufacturer direct product, and complete site construction services all within a single-source solution. Ramtech can offer facilities built using permanent modular construction on both a pier and beam or concrete slab foundation. Both options combine the best of off-site manufacturing and on-site construction techniques to produce a building faster and with less cost, but identical in the look, functionality, and life expectancy of a completely site-built structure. By emphasizing a value engineering approach, Ramtech has

successfully completed more than 4,000 diverse projects of all sizes. PETE STRAWSER PROMOTED TO DIRECTOR OF TECHNOLOGY AND FACILITIES AT A. MORTON THOMAS AND ASSOCIATES A. Morton Thomas and Associates, Inc. announced that Pete Strawser, MCP, MCSA has been promoted to director of technology and facilities. In this new role, Strawser will oversee initiatives related to technology and facilities across the entirety of AMT’s 20 office locations. He will work in close collaboration with AMT’s chief operating officer to continually develop and improve the company’s technologies and facilities as well as ensure that all 500+ employees have access to tools and well-appointed workspaces that promote productivity and a strong focus on successful project delivery. Throughout Strawser’s 22-year tenure with AMT, he has showcased strong leadership and problem-solving in relation to technology solutions and implementation among a rapidly expanding employee population and geographic company footprint. He has a degree in computerized technology from Pittsburgh Technical Institute. “Pete is a demonstrated leader with a passion for driving our business forward through technology,” notes AMT President and CEO Michael Wiercinski, PE, PLS. “We look forward to seeing the positive and lasting impacts Pete’s contributions will continue to have on our firm as he enters into this exciting new position.” AMT is a 100 percent employee-owned multidisciplinary firm with a track record of over 60 years of success providing wide-ranging civil engineering, surveying, environmental, landscape architecture and construction engineering inspection services.


6) Model working capital needs and secure contingency financing. Assure you have a large line of credit in order to keep operations running. Utilize the $50 billion emergency loan program from the SBA for small businesses affected by the virus. 7)Stay inspired. Things aren’t all bad. Celebrate the victories, highlight the efforts and successes, and roll with the changes. Decide to be a source of inspiration for your people and your clients, and you’ll find yourself better positioned as a leader and a company when we come out on the other side of this. Zweig Group has been the AEC industry’s resource for thought leadership, outside perspectives, and expertise for more than 30 years, and we would love to talk with you. We’re here to help. PHIL KEIL is director of strategy services at Zweig Group. Travis White is a strategy services advisor at Zweig Group. Contact them at pkeil@ and

you are – ask them how you can better support their projects and pursuits. “In times like this, relying on your trusted advisors is more important than ever. Now is the time to seek help in determining how to deploy resources and adjust your strategy to help your company make smart decisions while preserving your culture.” 5) Talk with your competitors and peer firms. Establish a local group with leaders of other companies in this business to share information and ideas on how to respond to the current situation.

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