Rama Construction LLC
Engineer Ronald Ramos Martin established Rama Construction LLC (Rama) in 1976 as a small construction firm serving the residential market in Puerto Rico. As the company grew, Ronald added more partners, first his twin brother, Robert Ramos Martin. Over the years, the business has expanded its market reach and enriched a strong employee base to better serve a diverse share of clients throughout the territory. Today, Rama has completed hundreds of unique and challenging projects in the commercial, industrial and residential sectors, including public and private work.
In 2001, the Ramos Martin brothers added Victor Oquendo to the team. Today, Victor is a partner at the firm and also serves as company president. Victor has been in the industry for 20 years and takes great pride in what his team is able to accomplish in Puerto Rico. Working alongside 80 experienced employees, Victor says his favorite part of the job is seeing his crew work together to build structures and spaces where there was once nothing, noting that Rama’s buildings are built to last for generations to come.
Small but powerful
Today, Rama is active in all three major markets. The company’s residential projects include homebuilding and remodeling. New commercial and industrial projects include: schools, hospitals, offices, factories and other facilities. With such a broad range of capabilities, Rama is able to compete on the same level as significantly larger contractors in the region. The company’s small size offers advantages, too. “We have better cost control, which allows us to be more competitive,” Victor explains.
“We go to many auctions and shop around for the best price for everything,” he continues. “We do more with less. We only have three partners who deal with the administrative end of the business. One associate is in charge of everything related to accounting. Another is in charge of everything related to human resources. Then there’s me and I am the company president. We run a successful business with a very limited group of people.”
With a compact administrative department, Rama can focus manpower on actual projects instead of back-end operations. The crew is used to working on a budget, so when the recession hit, the company hardly felt it.
“We anticipated the downturn a long time ago,” Victor says. “We had time to prepare. We used to only work in the south part of the island. Because of our stability throughout the recession, we have been able to expand into other areas north and west. Now, we have expanded our services to cover the entire island and we are drawing in new customers and projects constantly.” The team currently works out of two offices; in Ponce, P.R., and San Juan, P.R.
A growing portfolio
After more than 35 years in business, the company’s broad portfolio includes work in several markets, covering the entire island. Most of Rama’s work is focused on the private sector, although recent work includes several public projects. Clients include municipalities, private businesses and public schools.
In November 2013, Rama achieved recognition from Cemex in Puerto Rico with an award for the company’s role in the construction of Parque Ecologico Urbano Ponce. “We worked on the construction of this park, which ended in 2013,” says Victor. “It is a park for community use, with a focus on green areas, recycled materials and alternative sources of energy.”
Another project, completed in 2011, was a remodel of a historic building in Ponce, The Ponce Darlington. The building was first constructed in the 1950s and has been renovated for use as a nursing home. The 11-floor building has 150 long-term care apartment units.
In 2004, the team participated in the construction of St. Luke’s Hospital in Ponce. The nine-story building is used for medical offices. The company worked alongside several other contractors and the Rama team performed all of the civil and structural components.
Other recent projects include the remodeling of a shopping mall, Ponce Mall, in Ponce, P.R. The crew also just finished a five-floor building, Torre San Cristobal II, to be used for commercial sales, which houses about 60,000 square feet of commercial space. In 2013, the crew was working on an expansion of a factory for CooperVision, the contact lens manufacture in Juana Diaz city.
In the next years, Victor and his team have several new opportunities coming up. Victor is looking forward to growing and multiplying Rama’s revenue. With a solid reputation in the industry for quality performance and reliability, Rama Construction LLC is creating jobs and contributing to economic growth in Puerto Rico.
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