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BX Weekly Newsletter

Updated: 12/14/2018


2019/20 Scholarship Application Now Available

2018 BX scholarship recipients with representatives from Staples Business Advantage.


  Application Deadline: Friday, Feb. 22

If you know a student pursuing a construction-related degree, encourage them to apply for a BX Scholarship! High school seniors and students currently enrolled at a four-year or two-year college program are encouraged to apply for a Builders Exchange Scholarship for the 2019/20 school year. Applications, along with all required documents, can be submitted online.

BX Foundation LogoFor more than 50 years, the BX Scholarship Program has been providing tuition assistance to students in need. To date, more than $1.3 million has been awarded. If you know someone who is 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 scholarship.

Applicants 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 future impact of the student on the central Ohio construction community
  • Quality of the application
Applicants will be notified of their award status in May. For more information about BX scholarships, contact Pam Austin.

New Health Insurance Program: Let Group Buying Power Work For You


Information Session
Jan. 3 (8:30 - 10:30 a.m.)


Last week, nearly 40 BX member companies came to the BX to learn more about the new Builders Exchange health care program, formally called a Multiple Employer Welfare Arrangement (MEWA). By participating in a MEWA, employers are seen as one large group, therefore, receiving more substantial benefits. This also better positions them to offer health insurance packages that are comprehensive and affordable for their employees. 

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If your company is currently participating in the BX program through the Construction Industry Alliance (CIA) or are interested in the new BX MEWA program, register for the January information session. Representatives from BX-endorsed health insurance broker, McGohan Brabender, and from Anthem BlueCross BlueShield will explain the options available in the new program for members with less than 50 full-time eligible employees and potential ways to save on premiums.

For more information about the new BX MEWA, contact Stacy Sleeper.

Meet Our Field Leadership Excellence Series Participants


Andrew Brown (Bruner Corporation) headshot Andrew Brown, fabrication foreman
Years in the Industry: 8
Bruner Corporation

Colby Brown (Thompson Concrete, Ltd.) headshot Colby Brown, crew leader
Years in the Industry: 14
Thompson Concrete Construction, Ltd.

Michael Bush (Converse Electric) headshot Michael Bush, journeyman electrician
Years in the Industry: 15
Converse Electric

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 2019 is the fifth year for the program, with 32 field leaders from BX member firms. Their leadership journey began in October and continues through the end of February.

For more information about the BX Field Leadership Excellence Series, contact Deb Murphy.

Can You Respond To Jobsite Emergencies Confidently?


Standard First Aid/CPR/AED
Jan. 8 (8 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.)


$45 per employee of BX Workers’ Comp Group firms
$65 per employee of BX member firms
$95 per person for non-member firms


Standard First Aid, CPR and AED training is the most critical training you can provide your employees. Regardless of experience and expertise, accidents happen.

OSHA requires that employers respond to an emergency situation within a “reasonable” amount of time, which is interpreted to mean between 3-4 minutes. With the average EMS response time being 9-11 minutes, simply calling 9-1-1 isn’t going to cut it.

Prepare your employees to respond to an emergency situation with confidence by sending them to the next Standard First Aid/CPR/AED class at the BX. The life they save might be yours!

For more information about this class or to schedule a company-specific session, contact Rosie Leuby.

Review Your Design-Build Contract Carefully


Design-Build Contracts - Know the Risk Before You Sign
Jan. 15 (8 - 10 a.m.)


$39 per employee of BX member firms
$50 per person for non-member firms


Design-Build projects are transforming the relationship between designers and builders. While it’s the fastest growing method used to deliver construction projects in America, there are certain risks that affect all parties.

Design-Build streamlines project delivery through a single contract between the owner and the design-build team. This can save time and money, but you need to understand the design-build contract to be successful.

Richard Kalson (Benesch, Friedlander, Coplan & Aronoff LLP) headshotRichard Kalson (Benesch, Friedlander, Coplan & Aronoff LLP) will help you interpret the differences in these contracts and share best practices for contractors to contractually protect themselves when serving as a design-builder and assuming responsibility for both design services and construction.

For more information about this program, contact Deb Murphy.

Building for Performance: Re-Thinking Integrative Design Charrettes


Building for Performance
Jan. 31 (8 - 10:30 a.m.)


$40 per employee of BX member firms
$50 per person for non-members

Clear communication throughout the design process leads to better performing buildings and decreased project costs. This interactive workshop will provide communication tools to ensure everyone involved in the design conversation achieves the benefits of a smooth design process.

Integrative Design as it applies to LEED, WELL and other green building standards will be discussed by instructors Laura Allen (PhD candidate, The Ohio State University), M. Alex Clapper (Heapy Engineering) and Johnna Keller (M + A Architects).

This workshop is perfect for owners/developers, architects, engineers and contractors and is pending approval for 2 CE hours from GBCI and 2 LU credits from AIA.

For more information about this program, contact Shauna Byrne.

OSHA 10-HOUR certification


OSHA 10-Hour Training Course
Feb. 5 & 7 (8 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.)


$169 per employee for BX Workers' Comp Group firms
$209 per employee for BX member firms
$369 per person for non-member firms


The OSHA 10-Hour course is designed to teach the basics of safety that construction workers face every day on the job. It covers a wide range of topics including the OSHA Focus Four hazards.

Establish a baseline of safety expectations with new employees and refresh the knowledge of seasoned employees about the most common safety risks they will face on the job. OSHA recommends this certification be updated every 3–5 years, when was the last time your employees were trained?

For more information or to schedule a company-specific class, contact Rosie Leuby.

Save the Date! 2019 Ohio Construction Conference


Ohio Construction Conference logoWhen: March 13 (7 a.m. – 5 p.m.)
Who: Join fellow industry leaders from the commercial construction community – owners and facility managers, architects and engineers and contractors and suppliers.

What: An affordable professional development option with a great mix of information about cutting-edge trends and practical applications.

Where: The Ohio Union - 1739 N. High St., 43210

The full-day of programming will include general and breakout sessions that examine the latest trends impacting the industry, including:
  • The use of robotics and other new technology on the jobsite
  • The need for ongoing communication between all parties on a project
  • A look at the changing Columbus skyline with a regional development update
  • Plus, the popular roundtable discussions led by local owners
Detailed program information and additional marketing opportunities will be announced soon. For more information on the OCC, contact Deb Murphy.



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OSHA Code Books Available at the BX


Cover of OSHA Code BookEnsure your employees have the most up-to-date OSHA Code Books. The BX has a limited number of 1926 OSHA Code Books on hand, contact Shane Van Bibber to get your copy today!


  • 1-19 books   |   $35/ea. (plus tax)
  • 20-39 books   |   $30/ea. (plus tax)
  • Over 40 books   |   $25/ea. (plus tax)