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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 (Texas) 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.

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fat, dumb, and happy, there are plenty of things to worry about. That means there should also be plenty of reasons to motivate you to do things differently, because everything in your life could quickly change and things may not be so great. ❚ ❚ Stop thinking so much about yourself and start thinking about other people. You may be looking at the world through the proverbial “rose colored glasses.” Even if you aren’t actually worried about your own situation, what about the other people who aren’t so fortunate? How can you help them? What problems do they have that you could help solve? This should be motivational to you because there is certainly no shortage of problems in the world that could use the attention of someone who is calm, wise, and capable, such as yourself. It may also lead to a greater satisfaction with your life. ❚ ❚ Decide you want to change the world and set some new goals to do the impossible. How large can your firm grow? What kinds of projects could you do and what problems could you solve if you had more experts on your staff? What goals can you set for yourself or your business that are big and audacious? Start working on these big things and see if you don’t find your progress motivational. My bet is you will. Satisfaction with the status quo leads to complacency. Complacency is the enemy of motivation. Don’t waste your precious time by getting too comfortable. Go out and change the world. If not for yourself, do it for the others who haven’t yet gotten to where you are in life. My guess is you will be more motivated – and ultimately, happier. MARK ZWEIG is Zweig Group’s chairman and founder. Contact him at

week to pick up after us and keep our homes up for us. We have nice reliable vehicles to take us anywhere we want to go. We have good, comfortable clothes that fit right and are clean. And so on. “Human beings clearly aren’t very good at looking down the road at what problems could develop. We tend to only deal with the stuff that is right there in front of us now. The problem is that the motivation to do something different may come too late to really create a different circumstance and solve the problem.” So the question is, how can we get ourselves motivated to act differently and do what we should for our long-term interests even though we aren’t really dissatisfied with our current state? Here are my thoughts – and while not profound, I’d guess they won’t all be what you expect them to be: ❚ ❚ Create a self-induced state of fear. It shouldn’t be that hard to do. Turn on the news and watch it all day. Coronavirus fears. Stock market volatility. Environmental problems. Political polarization. Health insurance woes or a lack of it. Cancer. War. I could go on. But the point is, even if you are

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