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The BX Online Newsletter

Updated: 1/12/2018

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Online Scholarship Application Now Available

2017 BX Scholarship Recipients

2017 BX scholarship recipients.

Students applying for a Builders Exchange Scholarship can now submit their application with one click! This week, the Exchange is launching a simpler, more streamlined process to complete applications.

Individuals can now submit their application along with all required documents in one place. The new format is easy. Applicants click on a direct link to the application, set up their account and login information, then complete the form online.


2018 BX Scholarship Application

For more than 50 years, the BX Scholarship Program has awarded more than $1.2 million in tuition assistance to students in need. High school seniors and students enrolled at a four-year college or in a two-year technical school program are eligible. Prior recipients of a BX scholarship are encouraged to re-apply for the coming school year.

If you know someone studying architecture, construction management, engineering, interior design, communications or one of the many other fields of study that make up the broad community of commercial construction – encourage them to apply for a BX scholarship.

BX Foundation LogoApplicants are evaluated on the following criteria:

  • Academic achievement
  • Community and school involvement
  • Financial need
  • Relationship of the student’s field of study to the construction industry
  • Potential impact of the student on the central Ohio construction community
  • Quality of the application
The deadline to submit an application is Friday, Feb. 23. Applicants will be notified of their award status in May. For more information, contact Pam Austin.

OSHA 510 – Prerequisite for OSHA Trainer Course


OSHA 510 - OSHA Standards for Construction Safety Professionals
Feb. 13-16 (8 a.m. – 5 p.m.)




Would you like to train your employees in the OSHA 10- and 30-Hour courses? Invest in your education and become an OSHA-authorized trainer, the first step is the OSHA 510 course.

This course will equip safety professionals with executive-level knowledge of OSHA standards, policies and procedures in the construction industry. Upon completion of the course, and with five years of construction safety experience, attendees will be eligible to take the OSHA 500 Outreach Trainer for the Construction Industry course, the final step in becoming an OSHA-authorized instructor.

Mid-America OSHA Education Center logoThe Builders Exchange of Central Ohio is an approved OSHA host training site through the Mid-America OSHA Education Training Center and will be offering the OSHA 510, 500 and 502 courses this year.

For more information about these courses, contact Shane Van Bibber.

Improve Your Estimating Skills

Estimating and Bid Preparation
March 13, 15, 20 & 22 (4 – 6 p.m.)


$360 for BX member firms
$460 for non-member firms

Projects begin with an estimate, so strong estimating skills are crucial. The upcoming BX course, Estimating and Bid Preparation, provides beginning estimators with practical organizational tools and a variety of hands-on activities designed to arm them with the skills needed to submit the winning bid.

This course taught by local industry experts is for anyone who needs a better understanding of the estimating and bidding process.

Course topics include:

  • The other side of estimating: The designer’s view
  • The estimating process
  • Bidding to the GC
  • The bid day                
For more information about this course, contact Jenna Wojdacz.

BX/Best Courier Program: Reliable & Affordable Delivery Services

Although it’s dangerously cold out, BX members aren’t slowing down! Wouldn’t it be helpful to have an extra ‘staff’ person to help you deliver construction supplies, blueprints or even file a permit? Call Best Courier – they will provide a driver and a vehicle to fit your needs for as long as you need them. Best can be your extra set of wheels and you will only pay one flat rate per hour.

Best Courier LogoBecause of their exceptional service, Best Courier has been a trusted business partner of the BX for more than 20 years. Here are just some of the services Best provides:

  • 20% discount for BX members
  • Online order entry, tracking, reporting with email confirmation of deliveries
  • Multiple delivery options including scheduled, dedicated driver and out-of-town
  • A variety of vehicles to fit your need: cars to deliver blueprints, vans to deliver construction supplies and box trucks that can carry up to 10,000 pounds
Don’t see the service you need? Best will customize their service to fit your specifications! For more information or to receive a quote, contact Kelly Gutshall at Best, 614.475.8900.

Meet Our Leadership Program Participants


Bob Glanzman

Construction Manager, Bruner Corp.
Years in the industry: 28 

“I enrolled in the BX Executive Leadership Experience to enhance my leadership skills and gain exposure to aspects of the industry where I have limited experience. My goal is to become a better, more rounded leader."



Shane Howard

Grade Foreman, George J. Igel & Co., Inc.
Years in the industry: 13 

“I enrolled in the BX Field Leadership Excellence Series to develop my leadership skills and prepare to move up in the company. I want to learn how to lead in a way that provides order and makes my day easier."

Christopher Tyo

Assistant Superintendent, Corna Kokosing Construction Co.
Years in the industry: 22 

“Participating in the BX Field Leadership Excellence Series will make me more valuable to my company and help me in my profession. I look forward to developing my communication and management skills."





The BX Field Leadership Excellence Series (BXFlex) is a five-month, eight-session program designed to transform top field force managers into high-impact leaders. The Class of 2018 is the fourth year for the program, with 32 field leaders from BX member firms.

The BX Executive Leadership Experience (BXLX) is a nine-month program in which industry professionals are educated and coached by nationally-recognized experts in construction leadership and business development. This is the seventh year for the program, with a class of 24 executives from BX member firms.

For more information about either BXFlex or BXLX, contact Deb Murphy. 

New, No Cost Employee Health and Wellness Program Through the Ohio BWC


On Feb. 1, the Ohio BWC will be launching a new health and well-being program. This program will help Ohio employers with 50 or fewer employees start a comprehensive wellness program with no cost to them or their workers.

Attend a town hall-style meeting to learn how this program could benefit your organization. To register for this event, RSVP to Jeff Little of the Ohio BWC at 614.752.5917.

Ohio BWC LogoBetter You, Better Ohio
Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation
Jan. 22 (2 - 3 p.m.)
Builders Exchange (1175 Dublin Rd., 43215)

More Information

Cornerstone Nomination Deadline Is Friday


Do you know an industry leader who deserves to be recognized for their contributions to the central Ohio construction community? The deadline for your nomination for the 2018 BX Cornerstone Award is Jan. 19.  

Submitting a nomination is simple, and takes only a couple of minutes to complete. Take one minute to review the award criteria and then take one more to complete the nomination form. 


For more information about nominating an industry leader for this prestigious award, contact Pam Austin.


Builders Exchange Cornerstone Award Criteria

  • Industry involvement
  • BX involvement
  • Community involvement
  • Industry impact
  • Years of service to the industry
  • Professionalism and ethics

BXYP: Grandview Yard Owner Update

BXYP Jan. Event
Jan. 25 (4 – 6 p.m.)
Hofbräuhaus Columbus (800 Goodale Blvd., 43212)


$35 for BX member firms
$45 for non-member firms


The 125-acre Grandview Yard site has been a hub of activity and growth for the last eight years, transforming the area into a vibrant mixed-use neighborhood. At the next BXYP event, Steve Lark, director of construction projects for Nationwide Realty Investors, will share insight on current and future developments for Grandview Yard.

Join the BXYPs at Hofbräuhaus Columbus for a great networking opportunity and the latest development update. Your registration includes one drink ticket and light refreshments.

For more information about this event, contact Kayleigh Gustafson.