Our region’s future in construction went head-to-head in the 10th Annual Builders Association Construction Estimating Competition.

Months of mentoring and practice paid off on Friday, March 22, when 18 Youngstown State University civil and construction engineering technology students demonstrated what they’ve learned about their industry in school and from their industry mentors. Three teams will create a real-life construction bid submission for an actual building project that was built by a member of The Builders.


Materials were distributed at 8 a.m. and a pre-bid meeting at 9 a.m. kicked off the day. Each team analyzed plans and specs, a partially complete bid worksheet, labor costs and unit costs, and then created a complete written estimate. The packet included items such as takeoffs, pricing, and quote sheets, and was submitted by 3 p.m.


A judging panel of Builders Association Members  interviewed each team and reviewed bids. The team that most accurately completed the entire bid as compared to the real-life bid was declared the 2019 Competition Champions. This year’s judges are:

 ·      Dan Terreri, Daniel A. Terreri & Sons

·      Jim Santini, Jim Santini Builder, Inc.

·       Chris White, Boak & Sons, Inc.

·       Craig Fauvie, ms consultants, inc.




    Mentors, all of whom are members of The Builders Association, have spent many hours with their team to prepare them for the competition. They are:

    ·      Jim Bayer, DeSalvo Construction Co., Inc.

    ·      Jason Gibson, Jack Gibson Construction Company

    2018 winner

    ·      Ed Stevens, Stevens Masonry Construction, Inc.

    ·      Chris White, Boak & Sons, Inc.

    ·      Joe DeSalvo, DeSalvo Construction Co., Inc.

    ·      Kyle Leonard, Imperial Glazing Concepts, Inc.

    ·      Craig Fauvie, ms consultants, inc.

    ·      Tom Elliot, International Masonry Institute

    ·      Ryan Hively, Hively Construction Company, Inc.

    Student participants are:

    Team 1:

    Jr. Stephen Brown, Youngstown, OH

    Sr. Maria Katsadas, Poland, OH

    Sr. Jarius Pettis, Youngstown, OH

    Sr. Areli Davis, Youngstown, OH

    Sr. Mark Gotham, Youngstown, OH

    Jr. Krystal Costar, Cleveland, OH

    Team 2:

    Sr. Hope Hrabowy, Youngstown, OH

    Jr. Johnah Hrabowy, Hubbard, OH

    Sr. Joseph Strait, North Jackson, OH

    Jr. Zak Nunisto, Kingsville, OH

    Sr. D’Angelo Rayford, Haymarket, OH

    Jr. Brett Pontius, Struthers, OH

    Team 3: 10th annual Winner

    Sr. Alan Slavic, Struthers, OH

    Sr. James Garnet, Girard, OH

    Sr. Jake Dawson, Canfield, OH

    So. Carmen Furillo, Brookfield, OH

    Jr. Jordan Cravener, Verona, OH

    Sr. Darko Jurkovic, Allison Park, Pa

    Each year, The Builders awards scholarships to YSU students who are studying for a career in construction. At the 2008 award ceremony, scholarship recipients expressed a desire to work on an actual building project, and The Builders created the event in response to the request.

    March Membership Meeting Provides Educational Opportunities

    The first membership meeting of 2019 was held on March 6, 2019 at the Tippecanoe Country Club. Members in attendance were provided a great educational opportunity about Effectively Managing Risk in Construction Contracts. The presenter Lori Wisniewski Azzara from the Cohen, Seglias, Pallas, Greenhall and Furman Law Firm presented the following topics:

    • Public verse Private Contracts.
    • Types of contracts; Purchase Order, Standard Form and Company Form.
    • Non-Standard Contracts
    • Important Contract Provisions
    • Integration Clauses
    • Incorporation by Reference
    • Retainage
    • Paid if Paid
    • Paid when Paid
    • Claims and Notices
    • Default and Termination (For cause or for convenience)


    During the Membership meeting Co-presenters Randy Seitz from Penn Northwest and Sara Boyarko from The Regional Chamber spoke about economic development in Mercer County and the Mahoning Valley. Randy shared his agencies plan on recruiting new company owners to the area and touched base on the 1500-2000 job fulfillment center at the I-80/Rt 19 interchange. Sara shared The Chambers strategy for bringing in new companies to the Mahoning Valley along with 2018 success stories and potential Brown Field and Green Field developmental areas for future projects. Members had the opportunity to ask questions about what was presented, and the presenters answered for their respective areas. Randy Seitz emphasized that while the Penn Northwest and The Regional Chamber have their own areas to promote economic development, they often will work together to help bring companies into the area.

    If you would like a copy of Lori Azzarra’s presentation, please contact Gary Hartman at The Builders and he will arrange to get a copy to you for review.


    We look forward to seeing you at the next Membership meeting which will be held at the Lake Club on May 8, 2019. Plan on getting in a round of Golf prior to the Membership Meeting

    The OSHA 300-A form Summary of Work Related Injuries & Illness should be posted from February 1 through April 30. The posting should be at each establishment that you may have and should be posted where notices are normally placed for that establishment. Specific information regarding the posting requirements and copies of the record-keeping forms are available at www.osha.gov/recordkeeping/index.html

    2019 safety conference

    Mark your calendars and make plans to attend the 2019 Ohio Safety Congress & Expo, set for March 6-8 at the Greater Columbus Convention Center. Hosted by the Ohio Bureau of Workers Compensation, this free event is the largest and longest-running regional occupational safety, health and workers’ compensation conference in the United States.

    Last year, more than 8,000 representatives from Ohio businesses and government attended. This year, the conference is expected to welcome even more participants and will feature a new product showcase, continuing education, industry keynote speakers and the BWC rebate program credit.

    2018 Jeffrey Donatelli & 2019 President Sam Boak

    Nearly 60 members of the Builders Association gathered recently at the Association’s Party After the Party to thank outgoing 2018 President Jeffery Donatelli, Assistant Director of Operations for Donatelli Electric and welcome incoming 2019 President Sam Boak, Owner of Boak and Sons Inc.  Master of Ceremonies for the evening was Scott Froelich, Vice President of TEMA Roofing Services LLC.

    To view a photo album of this event, click here.

    Members of The Builders are invited to a free hands-on workshop on December 12 hosted by the International Masonry Institute. The event runs from 7:30 to Noon at the Northern Ohio Regional Training Center, 8499 Leavitt Road, in Amherst, Ohio.

    Learning Objectives include:

    • Understanding of a complete wall assembly from the foundation up to the stone cap at the top of a parapet wall, by training via a complete assembly mock-up with hand-outs
    • Hands on training in a small group setting to build a block and brick assembly wall complete with all parts and pieces.
    • Knowledge of masonry details in a project by both Instruction and by ability to ask questions to the Local BAC Trainer, Journeymen and Apprentices instructing actual hands on portion.
    • Learn about the advantages of working with union craftworkers to ensure better quality in construction projects
    Hands-On Workshop
    Demo and Hands-On experience for Architects/Engineers and GC/CM to gain an understanding of masonry assemblies while having the chance to work with BAC craftworkers.
    7:30 am Registration
    8:00 am Review Details/Construction Practices
    9:00 am Break
    9:15 am Hands-On Workshop
    10:45 am Review of Construction Practices plus Q&A Session
    11:30 am Lunch
    12:00 pm Depart
    Continuing Education
    This program meets AIA/CES criteria for 4 LU/HSW learning units, which will be reported directly to the AIA.
    The seminar is free, but registration is required. Click here to register now.

    This Thanksgiving season, we offer a heartfelt thanks the many members, contractors and other employers who support our collaborative efforts to bring safe, productive work to a project owner’s job site, everyday.

    It’s the people of our organization that make The Builders Association great, and on behalf of the members, staff and officers of The Builders, we thank each and every one of you for your outstanding work and tireless dedication to our organization and the success of the regional construction industry.

    We hope your Thanksgiving holiday is peaceful, restful, and full of joy.

    Thank you for being members of The Builders.

    The Builders Association broke ground recently on a new, $1.5 million, 4,000+ square-foot office building. That news, alone, is noteworthy because it is another project that will provide economic development in the region. What makes this project unique is how the structure itself will be a symbolic representation of the Association’s history, its critical role in today’s construction community, and its commitment to the region’s future.

    The structure is being built on existing Builders property – right in front of the current Builders offices and much closer to the curb along Route 193 in Vienna. On top of being economically smart, remaining on the same plot of land that The Builders have based operations from since its inception is a purposeful tribute to the Association’s successful history.

    Key members of this project joined together to break ground at the event. They are, left to right: Mark Zeidenstein, L. Calvin Jones & Co.; Jim Santini, Jim Santini Builder Inc.; Sam Boak, Boak & Sons; Joe DeSalvo, DeSalvo Construction; Jeff Mason, Youngstown Tile and Terrazzo Co.; Jerry Zreliak, I.C. Electric, Inc.; Jeff Donatelli, Donatelli Electric; Patrick Lankey, Axiom Architects; Robert Donatelli, Donatelli Electric; and Kevin Reilly, The Builders.

    The Builders Association will celebrate its 50th year in 2019, making this building, which is slated for completion in June – a living milestone.

    Architecturally, the building will be a mix of large windows, metal paneling and brick. Inside will feature open office space, conference rooms, and plenty of natural lighting and storage.

    As many members of The Builders as possible will be used to complete the work, with DeSalvo Construction as general contractor and Axiom as the architect.

    The finished product will feature exposed beams, ceilings and ductwork – another strategy designed to demonstrate the capabilities of the 15 skilled trades that Association Members service.

    “We host a lot of meetings, seminars, training sessions and events in our offices, which creates a steady flow of traffic. We wanted to design the new building to showcase the type of workforce our members bring to a job site,” said Reilly.

    Buildings & Grounds Committee Chair Jerry Zreliak of I.C. Electric explains the project to attendees


    Off to a Great Start

    The groundbreaking ceremony was attended by civic leaders, architects, the media, and members of The Builders. Kevin Reilly, The Builders’ Executive Vice-President, and Patrick Lankey, principal of Axiom Architects, presented the project’s plans, expected outcomes, and benefits of the facility to attendees. The traditional “first dig” included key Builders members who are helping to spearhead the project. The event attracted media attention as well. Take a look:



    Youngstown Business Journal

    Stay in the Loop

    To keep members, the industry and the public informed about the progress of its new building, look for a dedicated section on the home page of our website (TheBuildersOnline.com) to track the project. There you will see updated photos, feature articles, and other news about this special project.

    “The Builders Association has been an integral part of the region’s construction industry for five decades, and we intend to remain in that role for years to come,” Reilly added. “This new building will serve as the perfect transition as we begin our next 50-year journey.”