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 ( 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.”

2018 safety

The 2018 NE Ohio Safety Expo is fast approaching! Are you all set to attend?

This year’s all-day Expo will be held on October 12, 2018 at TCTC (Trumbull County Career and Technical Center) in Warren, Ohio.

The event includes 37 quality educational sessions, which will benefit all employers, regardless of business type. The Expo area will feature more than 50 safety, health and workers’ compensation products. Please be sure to visit the Expo area between sessions and during the lunch period.

And for the second year, employers who are enrolled in the ISSP (Industry Specific Safety Program) can get a loss prevention activity credit by attending three one-hour educational sessions. Please mark on the registration flyer if you are participating in the ISSP program to ensure getting the activity credit. Event management is also working on getting the Expo approved for HRCI and SHRM certification credits.

The $35 event ticket includes a light continental breakfast and a box lunch provided by the Italian Marketplace in Niles.

Here’s the registration form, which should be mailed, e-mailed or faxed to TCTC, who is hosting the event, managing registration, and collecting the fees:

For general questions on educational sessions or exhibitors contact David Costantino at 330-301-5825 or email at [email protected].

For registration questions, payment issues or need help registering contact Mary Kay Papas at 330-847-0503 Ext. 1600 or email at [email protected].

A sweeping 42-7 victory by our YSU Penguins over the Valparaiso Crusaders was the perfect ending to another great Builders/AIA football tailgate!

The Builders Association of Eastern Ohio and Western Pennsylvania and the AIA Eastern Ohio Chapter held its annual YSU Tailgate Party on Saturday, prior to the YSU-Valparaiso game. About 100 members and guests enjoyed the sunny weather and a great networking opportunity with fellow members and attendees from the AIA.

Before the game, attendees were treated with live music, ice cold beverages, cheesy potatoes, baked beans, chicken, spare ribs and pulled pork, all catered by Barry Dyngles.

Thanks for a great day, everyone!

Pallante Concrete Construction’s Anthony Pallante and Jon Wike are the latest to join The Builders Association of Eastern Ohio and Western Pennsylvania. The Boardman, Ohio, company has provided concrete construction throughout Northeast Ohio and Western Pennsylvania for more than two decades.

PCC projects range from industrial buildings and manufacturing facilities to mixed-use developments and multi-story structural concrete. The company provides accurate layout with total stations, experienced supervision, critical path scheduling, and a dedicated workforce. Its services include: Foundations, Cast In Place Walls, Laser Screeding/Super Flat Slab on Grades, Excavation, Laser Grading, Complete Sitework, Extruded Curbs, Robotic Layout, Reinforcement Installation, Elevated Slabs, Stamped & Custom Designed Concrete, Light Demolition/Removal.

For more information, contact Anthony Pallante or Jon Wike, or visit the Pallante Concrete Construction website.

The membership of The Builders Association represents a diverse group of talented men and women, who work in the field and offices of our region’s construction community, everyday. Labor Day is an excellent time to thank each and every one of you for your hard work and dedication all year long.

Did you know that Ohio recognized Labor Day as a well-deserved holiday four years before the federal government did? Check out this brief historical article about Ohio and Labor Day.

On behalf of the Builders Association staff and officers, I wish all of our members and their families a happy and safe Labor Day weekend!