Construction Reform Info Session Held this Week

With the passage of Ohio's biennial budget, HB 153, there are significant changes in how the state procures public building projects. Public owners can now utilize project delivery systems other than multiple prime contracting, design build, design assist, construction management at risk and single prime without any maximum threshold. New contract documents and bonding requirements are also being developed by the state. 

AGC of Ohio, in conjunction with Thompson Hine and the AGC divisions including The Builders Association, is hosting four programs across the state to educate contractors about this construction reform.

On August 12, a meeting will be held at the Holiday Inn Cleveland South (Independence) for the Cleveland area. Registration/Lunch starts at 11:30 a.m., followed by the program from Noon to 2:30 p.m. The event will be hosted by The Builders Association, Construction Employers Association, and Akron AGC. For more information, go to Contact person: Andrea Ashley, 614-486-6446,

Hear from those who are helping with the formulation and implementation o the new requirements. Representatives from the Ohio Department of Administrative Services and Jeff Appelbaum, chairman of the Construction Law practice group of Thompson Hine and managing director of Project Management Consultants, will be the presenters. Appelbaum served as lead facilitator of the Ohio Construction Reform Panel and was instrumental in the formation and passage of the new legislation.

In addition to having the chance to ask questions and provide feedback, participants will learn:

  • what is in construction reform
  • how it will change the dynamics of public construction
  • what the public owners' expectations are
  • what it will take to implement the new delivery systems
  • the changes to prevailing wage law included in the budget bill

Other meetings scheduled are:

Aug 11 - Columbus 
8:30 -11:30 a.m. at the OSU Fawcett Center

Aug 17 - Cincinnati 
8:30 -11:30 a.m. at the Allied Construction Industries office

Aug 18 - Toledo
10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (includes lunch) at a location to be announced.