Design-build construction firm Ramtech Building Systems has announced that the company has initiated the process of installing the nine modular sections which will make up a 7,168 square foot expansion of the passenger terminal at Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport in Panama City Beach, Florida. The permanent modular building will be connected to the existing terminal with a site-built corridor and will provide two additional gates that will be completed during the summer.
Ramtech is working as a subcontractor to Allstate Construction of Tallahassee, Florida, the general contractor on the project. Ramtech’s scope of work comprises core and shell manufacturing of the Type II-b all steel modular sections, the installation of the building, and the finish-out of the exterior. Using permanent modular construction, the modular sections will include the exterior walls with 24-gauge steel high-rib R-Panel siding, all door and window assemblies, interior walls with un-finished gypsum board and required shear walls, perimeter steel frame floor, and the EPDM roof assembly. Ramtech will also provide for the exterior wall and floor penetrations that are required for the mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems. The nine modular sections, manufactured in three sizes for the building configuration, will be installed and welded to a poured-in-place concrete pier foundation system.
The Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport is located 18 miles northwest of Panama City and opened for commercial flights in May 2010. Occupying 4,000 acres in Bay County, the airport is owned by the Panama City-Bay County Airport & Industrial District and is serviced with daily flights by American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Southwest Airlines, and United Airlines. The expansion of the terminal is part of a $10.5 million grant from the FAA to improve and expand their facilities. The airport’s 105,000 square foot terminal currently has five gates with jet bridges, and two gates with ramp level access for regional aircraft. The new modular building will incorporate gates 6 and 7 to increase passenger capacity while adding additional seating space. Ramtech expects to have the building installed and weathered-in in under one week, while completing their additional scopes of work prior to the middle of May.