Incredible!

The Travel Channel recently came out with their “8 of the Most Incredible Indoor Water Parks” in the US and three of eight of the are designed by Ramaker & Associates!

The newest addition to the Texas landscape, EPIC Waters, has been open a mere two months and has hit capacity multiple times (follow their Facebook page to keep up to date on availability and ticket specials). The 80,000 SF waterpark includes six (6) WhiteWater waterslides; a FlowRider; activity pool with play features; wading pool with a multi-level play structure; small features and play areas for young children; offerings for both children and adults; lazy river with beach entry; and a wave pool.

The waterpark building program also includes an OpenAire retractable roof and wall systems; movie screens, video and projection equipment; LED light displays/features; party rooms; snack bar and restaurant; sports bar; retail store; arcade; cabanas; landscaped outdoor space with beach and deck areas; locker rooms and bathroom facilities; lifeguard staff area; building mechanical area and pool equipment rooms. The pools and features design were developed in a manner that complements and is cohesive with these components.

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EPIC Waters

Timber Ridge Lodge (Lake Geneva, WI) showcases other aspects of our design work.  This facility sports the northwoods feel in 50,000 SF of indoor and outdoor water park. It includes 35 foot high slides taking you on a 300 foot adventure of twists and turns, ending in a heated pool.

 Timber Ridge Lodge

Timber Ridge Lodge

The Wilderness (Wisconsin Dells, WI) is comprised of multiple indoor and outdoor parks across the resort with different themes such as the Lost World Waterpark, Wild West Waterpark, Klondike Kavern, and Wild Waterdome. This vast assortment of over 200,000 SF of indoor rides and outdoor fun across nine acres, comes with a variety of interactive rides, slides, cannons, turrets, water blasters, multi-level play features, and a wave pool.

 Wilderness Resort

Wilderness Resort

While these parks may differ in size and style, they have all seen tremendous success and visitor satisfaction thanks in part to the choosing an experienced designer to assist in bringing their vision to life!

STARTING THE YEAR OFF RIGHT

Excited and overjoyed barely begin to describe how we are all feeling this week. On Monday night, several of our senior management represented Ramaker & Associates at the local Sauk Prairie Chamber of Commerce Annual Awards Dinner and Banquet. This year the event was held at the brand new Vintage Brewing Company in Sauk City - a new addition to the Sauk Prairie area which Ramaker had the privilege of designing!

As it is January, it’s the time of year to recognize great effort by many. We were just blown away when we won the TOP AWARD for the evening being named BUSINESS OF THE YEAR! The award is for a local business that has experienced significant growth, community engagement, employee retention and innovative business practices. We had some tough competition from local friends and neighbors and are humbled that others find something appealing in who we are and the way we conduct ourselves. We know this wouldn’t have been possible without the incredible effort and commitment of each and every Employee-Owner of this great firm.

Congratulations to all the evening’s winners. We are proud to be part of this amazing community. This is definitely a wonderful way to start off the year and we won’t forget it!

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Watch us Grow!

Ramaker is excited to announce the opening of a new office located at 123 Broadway in Woodcliff Lake, New Jersey! With key members of the Ramaker team residing in New Jersey and its close proximity to valued clients, this strategic location allows Ramaker to strengthen its presence in the northeast.

Less than 10 miles from the Hudson, we have situated our new office location to be convenient to the NYC Metro area. The new office is currently undergoing construction to create a layout more conducive to our staff. Tom Wiseman, Director of Northeast Business Operations, who has been working diligently to increase our presence in the area, will lead this location. The new office is currently undergoing construction to create a layout more conducive to our staff and will be celebrating with a grand opening in late February.

Ramaker is dedicated to maintaining and expanding its competencies and expertise across the United States to address the diverse architectural and engineering needs of its clients. For more than 25 years, Ramaker & Associates has provided a variety of professional engineering services to our clients, enabling them to create successful projects. With the addition of a northeast location, Ramaker is positioned to benefit our clients through expanded service capabilities, and better coordination. We have dedicated employees and an outstanding, nationwide network of satisfied clients upon which to rely. These strengths will provide our clients with superior service in the architecture and engineering markets.

 

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TRADE SHOW TIME!

It's that crazy-busy time of year when we're out and about at a bunch of trade shows.  But we love meeting new people and talking about their ideas.  Come see us at the following shows - we'd love to chat! 

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Silver Anniversary!

Founded in 1992 with a staff of five, Ramaker & Associates, Inc. (Ramaker) began with knowledge and a passion for engineering. Since then, Ramaker has grown to become a leader in providing quality service and support to our clients. We are now a full-service architectural and engineering firm with a dedicated staff of professionals. We perform work nationwide and have the technical expertise and experience that allow us to provide cost-effective solutions individually tailored for each client. Our staff includes professional engineers, architects, project managers, trained technicians, land surveyors, water resources specialists, GIS programmers/analysts, hydrogeologists and wetland scientists.

Twenty five years later, we are happy and humbled to still be here, still growing, still serving our clients. After all this, we thought it was time for a celebration so, we’re having a party!!! Not only are we turning 25 this year but it’s also the 10th anniversary of becoming an ESOP.  To celebrate, we’re inviting all our friends and neighbors to join us for a party. 

We will have food and beverages and it will be open-house style.  Details below.  Can’t wait to celebrate!

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New Team Member – Lucas Berg

Ramaker’s Environmental Team welcomes their most recent hire, Lucas Berg. Lucas received his B.S. in Geology & Geophysics from University of Wisconsin-Madison. Prior to joining Ramaker, Lucas studied and designed various land and water conservation practices including soil erosion control, manure storage, and earthen dam design for watershed management and agricultural projects. Lucas also conducted research using column chemistry in an isotope geochemistry laboratory setting, and assisted local and state agencies with resolving local natural resource problems.

When Lucas is not in the office or out in the field, he enjoys hunting and fishing. Lucas also enjoys travelling throughout the U.S. and internationally.

Welcome to Ramaker, Lucas!

NEW ENVIRONMENTAL HIRE - MARK PITTENGER

Ramaker’s Environmental Team welcomes their most recent hire, Mark Pittenger. Mark received his B.S. in Environmental Engineering from Michigan Technological University. Prior to joining Ramaker, Mark conducted surveying, design, and construction inspections for wetland restoration and agricultural engineering projects. Mark also worked with pilot-scale remediation technologies firsthand in a laboratory setting, and worked in close collaboration with state and federal agencies to ensure that project goals were met while adhering to program requirements and standards.

When Mark is not in the office or out in the field, you will likely find him outside! Mark is passionate about astronomy, biking, cross-country skiing, and hiking. Mark also enjoys reading, watching movies, and cooking, and has recently started brewing his own beer.

Welcome to Ramaker, Mark!

Camping Code Update

It's that time of year when Wisconsinites get outside, enjoy the fresh air, and go camping! Earlier this year, the Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services clarified questions relating to the administration and enforcement of Wisconsin Administrative Code SPS 327 as it pertains to camping units. If you own a Wisconsin campground, please see the links below to stay up-to-date on current regulations.

Important Update - New Code - SPS 327 Camping Units

SPS 327 Camping Units FAQs - Administration and Enforcement

As always, please contact us if you have any questions on how to navigate state code.

 

Wisconsin DNR WAM Contractor Services RFP Awarded to Ramaker

The Wisconsin DNR selected Ramaker & Associates, Inc. through a competitive procurement process to perform environmental site assessments for Wisconsin Assessment Monies (WAM) award sites.

Through US EPA Brownfields Assessment Grants, Wisconsin DNR hires environmental consultants to perform site assessments at brownfields sites throughout the state. DNR’s WAM program allows municipalities to apply for funding to evaluate environmental conditions at brownfields redevelopment sites. The funding may be utilized to perform Phase I ESAs, Phase II ESAs, and limited site investigation work and is performed by a Wisconsin DNR selected contractor.

Ramaker’s environmental team is based out of Sauk City, Wisconsin, and includes geologists, environmental engineers, hydrogeologists, hydrologists, biologists, and environmental specialists. Ramaker performs Phase I and Phase II Environmental Site Assessments and site investigations for proposed redevelopment sites throughout the country. Ramaker’s environmental team coordinates closely with other service groups within the company to provide a broad range of services including geotechnical investigations and property condition assessments. Working as part of a larger team, Ramaker’s environmental team is able to assist with real estate transaction and site development needs including surveying, civil site design, and various environmental issues through construction management and contaminated material handling.

More information on DNR’s WAM program, including an application for WAM services, is available on their website.

Come See Us this Fall!

Fall is our busy season for attending conferences and trade shows, especially for our Aquatics department. If you are attending any of the shows below, stop by and say hi!  If you happen to be in the neighborhood, let us know that too and we can meet up.

Open House / Design Reveal

We love hosting fun parties in our new digs so come on out!

Vintage Brewing Co., Woodshed Ale House, Friede & Associates and Ramaker & Associates would like you to join them for their Open House & Brewery Design Reveal! 

2016 Wisconsin State Fire Chief's Association Conference and Trade Show

Come visit us at the 2016 Wisconsin State Fire Chief's Association Conference and Trade Show!

Erika and Jodie will be in Booth 121 at the WSFCA Conference at the KI Convention Center in Green Bay, Wisconsin. Trade Show hours are Friday 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm and Saturday 9:00 am - 1:00 pm.  Stop by to learn about what we do, and for a chance to win a VIZIO 32" Smart TV! 

AWARD WINNING NIGHT

On Thursday, February 18th, the Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc. (ABC) Wisconsin Chapter, held their annual Projects of Distinction banquet. In addition to an enjoyable evening overall, Ramaker was honored to have three of our project designs win Gold Awards! These projects were in partnership with our great friends Friede and Associates and Consolidated Construction

Projects of Distinction 2015

Gold Award
Restoration/Renovation
Ramaker New Office Building
Sauk City, WI
with Friede & Associates

Gold Award - Special Projects
Kalahari Slide Tower Replacement
Wisconsin Dells, WI
with Friede & Associates

Gold Award
Commercial $2-$10 Million
Holiday Inn Bismarck
Bismarck, ND
with Consolidated Construction

Congratulations to all who were honored that night, and especially our awesome architects, engineers and designers!

 

 

Employee Spotlight – Erika Mabrey

While our employees put in lots of hours in the office, many have other, varied interests that they pursue once they walk out the door. One of Erika Mabrey’s interests is in fire and rescue, and keeping people safe.

Erika joined Ramaker in November 2014, as a member of our ever-growing Environmental department. Before we met her, Erika took classes in firefighting and fire inspection at MATC. To prepare for her fire inspector certification, she interned with the City of Madison (Wisconsin). After her internship, she joined the Dane Fire Department and was there for three years, while she was also an active member at the Lodi Area Fire Department (LAFD); working at both for a short period of time. She has been volunteering with the Lodi Area Fire Department for ten years, where she recently attained the rank of Captain, and started at Lodi Area EMS as an EMT-B two years ago.

As a testament to her commitment, she has worked hard to become a State Certified Fire Inspector, Rope Rescue Technician, Nationally Registered EMT, and driver /operator. She is also NFPA certified, even though it is not required in Wisconsin. With such a diverse background, Erika can do many things at LAFD, including rescuing climbers stuck on Gibraltar Rock.

If that isn’t enough, Erika is in charge of LAFD’s public education, PR, recruitment/retention, runs their Facebook page, and is the departments Secretary/Treasurer. As she tried to think of any other tasks she exclaimed, “I pretty much live there!”

And we can’t forget to mention, all this started when we discovered she was named Firefighter of the Year. Way to go Erika!

Award Winning Design

A great big congratulations to our project partners at Dora Hospitality! They received the IHG® (InterContinental Hotels Group) 2015 New Development Design Award for the new Holiday Inn Bismarck hotel in Bismarck, North Dakota. This award is given to hotels that are considered the best in class providing exemplary brand design, quality of construction, and attention to detail.

We have always enjoyed working with Dora Hospitality and truly appreciate it when our partners are recognized for their exceptional work.

The Holiday Inn Bismarck is one of only 23 properties selected from the company’s more than 4,900 hotels. The hotel was recognized during the 2015 IHG Americas Owners Conference in San Francisco, Calif., Sep. 30 – Oct. 2, 2015, held at Moscone West Convention Center.

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Welcome Home

Our new home in Sauk City!

After 17 years at the Dallas Street location, we have up and moved just down the street to 855 Community Drive. Though we will miss our home of so many years, the move was needed to house our ever-growing and expanding group of professional staff.

We were bursting at the seams at our old location and went searching for something to fit our needs and budget. We were able to purchase a building nearby and started working on the plans to renovate it for our own use. All design was in-house and our team did a fabulous job in turning words and visions in to plans, construction and finishing touches.

Our Civil department pulled off a beautiful site design. The structural department provided the framework for the architectural staff to creatively work with. Our mechanical systems not only fit our needs today but they are designed to expand with us into the future. The goal was for our facility to look and feel “crisp and professional” and our interior designer pulled that off to a tee. It is amazing how each and every aspect was pre-planned, prepared for, and then implemented.

Our CEO wanted everyone to be involved and requested anyone who had ideas or input to say so. This all started well before our actual designs were starting and continued throughout the design and construction process. All ideas were seen as important and considered. Some were incorporated and some were not. It just goes to show how personally vested everyone has been.

Even after design, our employees were excited and involved. From planning logistics, to packing, to putting furniture together, to setting up workstations and more, everyone at Ramaker jumped in to help.

Our new office home is bright and airy, with room for growth. There’s more office space, break room space, and parking space. We have commuter bikes for lunchtime errands or just a brief getaway from the office. There are splashes of color and abundant plant life everywhere. And the entrance…..just wow!

After all this, it’s time to party! Join us in moving on to bigger and better things at our Open House event on Wednesday, November 4th at 5:00 pm.

  

Moving Day

It's here - moving day! At 5:00 pm Central Time today, we will put the last piece of tape on the boxes and walk out of this building while the movers walk in. We will be up and running in our awesome new location on Monday morning. Pictures to come!