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Updated: 4/28/2017

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Welcome New BX Members


CMAX Advisors LogoCMax Advisors
Accounting/Finance Recruiting Firm
p:  614.702.2447



PUF Corporation, Ltd. LogoPUF Corporation, Ltd.
Plumbing Fixtures, Flooring, Doors & Locks and Kitchen Cabinetries Supplier
p: 866.660.9397



RAP Management LogoRAP Management, LLC
Form Stabilized Base Manufacturer & Asphalt Materials Supplier
p:  614.440.8389


Safety OnSite, LLC LogoSafety OnSite, LLC
Safety Consultants
p: 440.212.7703




Steveco, Inc.
Masonry Contractor
p: 614.778-4765

Students Receive $80,000 from BX Scholarship Program


The BX Scholarship Trustees recently awarded $80,000 in scholarships to 37 area high school seniors and current college students pursuing degrees in construction-related fields of study. Recipients were judged on criteria that include: academic achievement, financial need, and their potential future impact on the central Ohio construction community.

The BX Scholarship Program has been investing in future leaders since 1959. Today, the scholarships are administered by the Builders Exchange Foundation, which has managed the program since 1999.

For more information about the BX Scholarship Program, contact Pam Austin.

2017/18 Scholarship Recipients

Updated AIA Docs Have Been Released: How Will the Changes Affect Your Contracts

What the New AIA Docs Mean for You
May 25 (8 – 9:15 a.m.)


$39 for BX member firms
$50 for non-member firms
To receive a refund, a written cancellation request must be made one week prior to the program.

To keep up with legal and practice developments, The American Institute of Architects has put together a comprehensive set of revisions to its 2017 owner-contractor agreements. Every 10 years, the AIA publishes updates to the A201 General Conditions, the benchmark documents for managing transactions and relationships involved in construction projects.

The 2017 documents contain a number of new provisions related to digital information and Building Information Modeling (BIM) as well as the creation of an Insurance and Bonds Exhibit to accompany the key owner-contractor agreements. Learn more about the changes, and how your contracts will be affected, during the BX program What the New AIA Docs Mean for You.

Peter Hahn headshotLocal construction attorney, Peter Hahn (Dinsmore & Shohl, LLP), served as one of the reviewers of the 2017 revised documents. He will examine the changes to the A201 and highlight the updates to the business and design terms in the A101 and B101 as well.

This course is pending approval for 1 LU credit from AIA.
For more information about this program, contact Deb Murphy.

BX Directory – Your Resource to Reach Your Target Market

Advertising in the BX Membership Directory is more than just visibility – it’s about being connected to the local construction industry.

“We are proud to be affiliated with the BX. While there are many opportunities to market our company here in Columbus, none are as targeted as the BX Directory. Our ad hits our industry and is delivered to the markets most relevant to our line of business.”

Make sure your company stands out in the 2018 BX Membership Directory. For more information on advertising opportunities, contact Sanda Elkins. May 31 is the deadline to be included in the 2018 Directory.

2017 Marketing Options

Meet Matt King

Foreman, Humble Construction Co.
Years in the industry: 4

“My boss encouraged me to attend The BX Field Leadership program to develop my leadership style. BXFlex taught me how to recognize different personalities on the jobsite and how to adapt to each person to work together.”

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 2017 is the third year for the program, with 32 field leaders from BX member firms.

2018 Early-Bird applications are now online. For more information about the BX Field Leadership Excellence Series, contact Deb Murphy.

Meet Otis Jerome Buckner

Project Manager, Buckner & Sons Masonry, Inc.
Years in the industry: 13

“I’m participating in the BX Executive Leadership Experience because I want to take the company and those around me to another level - not just financially but through our culture as well. The knowledge you gain from the experience of others in the class and from the presenters is amazing! If your plan is to grow as an individual and in business, I would highly recommend BXLX.”

The BX Executive Leadership Experience (BXLX) is a nine-month program in which a group of industry professionals are educated and coached by nationally-recognized experts in construction leadership and business development. The Class of 2017 is the sixth year for the program, with 24 executives from BX member firms.

Applications for the BXLX Class of 2018 are now online. For more information about the BX Executive Leadership Experience, contact Deb Murphy.

Meet Natalie Carper

Office Manager, Boss Excavating & Grading, Inc.
Years in the industry: 8

“I am sincerely grateful and appreciative for the opportunity to participate in the BX Rising Leaders Institute. I would definitely encourage other construction professionals to take advantage of this leadership program - where the relationships and partnerships established will help us be the best we can be in our shared industry.”

The Rising Leaders Institute (RLI), is an intensive, 12-session program focused on building management skills and business knowledge of high potential individuals, and preparing them to serve as the future leaders of the construction industry. The class of 2017 is the Institute’s 11th year as a prestigious leadership program with a curriculum developed for the BX by The Ohio State University Fisher College of Business.

For more information about the Rising Leaders Institute, or to be part of the Class of 2018, contact Jenna Wojdacz.

Post A Job Opening and Get Two Weeks FREE!


Take advantage of our summer special and let the BX Job Board help you fill your job openings. All you need to do is post your job opening on the BX Job Board,, now through July 31 and you will automatically receive two additional weeks FREE!

Job Board Rates:

  • 2-Week Posting: $105 (BX member firms) |  $205 (non-members)
  • 4-Week Posting: $130 (BX member firms) |  $230 (non-members)
  • 6-Week Posting: $155 (BX member firms) |  $255 (non-members)

Contact Sanda Elkins with any questions.


Are You Prepared to Save a Co-Workers Life?


Standard First-Aid/CPR/AED
May 9 (8 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.)


$45 for BX Workers’ Comp Group firms
$65 for BX member firms
$95 for non-members
To receive a refund, a cancellation request must be received one week prior to the beginning date of the program.

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

Prepare your employees to respond to emergencies and properly administer standard first-aid and CPR and possibly save a co-worker’s life.

For more information about this class or to schedule a company-specific training session, contact Paige Endicott.

BXYP May Event: Downtown Development Update


BXYP May Event
May 25 (4  - 6 p.m.)


$35 for BX member firms
$45 for non-members
To receive a refund, a cancellation request must be received one week prior to the beginning date of the program.

Downtown Columbus is transforming in to a world class mid-sized city, embracing the idea of a vibrant city center that can truly be called a “live/work/play” community.

Marc Conte, the deputy director of research, planning & facilities (Capital Crossroads SID | Discovery SID | SID Public Services Association) will share insight on current and future developments. We will be gathering at NBBJ (250 S High St., 43215), adjacent to Columbus Commons – one of the hotspots for the new vision for Columbus.

For more information about this event, contact Jenna Wojdacz.

Drug-Free Workplace Training for New/Seasonal Hires


Drug-Free Workplace Training

  • May 11
  • July 12
  • Sept. 20
Employee Education
8 - 9 a.m.
$40 BX member firms
$60 non-member firms
Supervisor Training
9:15 - 10:15 a.m.
$60 BX member firms
$80 non-member firms



As you begin to hire seasonal and new employees, it’s important to make sure they know your company’s expectations when it comes to a drug-free work environment. Sending them to a one-hour training that outlines your company’s specific drug-free policies and procedures, will ensure that your busy season runs smoothly.

During the one-hour class, employees will receive education on their company’s policy, their responsibilities, rights and resources available to them if they need help. Supervisors will review and update necessary procedures during their one-hour session.

The BX Drug-Free Workplace Training for employees and supervisors meets the annual training components of the BWC Drug-Free Safety Program (DFSP). Make sure your employees are trained before the Sept. 30 BWC reporting deadline. For more information about this training, contact Lisa Graham.

Develop the Skills to Read and Understand Construction Drawings


Introduction to Construction Drawings
May 9 & 11 (4 – 6 p.m.)


$180 for BX member firms
$280 for non-member firms
To receive a refund, written cancellations must be made one week prior to the course.

A set of drawings holds an entire project together, acting as a starting point for the unique language of each project. Make sure your employees are speaking the same language by sending them to the upcoming Introduction to Construction Drawings course at the BX.

Through lecture and hands-on work with commercial drawings, an architect, Chris Bendinelli (Prime AE Group, Inc.), and a contractor, Adam Drexel (Ruscilli Construction Co., Inc.), will provide your staff the fundamental knowledge of reading and understanding blueprints.

After completing this class, attendees will:

  • Have a basic knowledge of reading plans and specifications
  • Understand general terms in the design process
  • Know where to find information in a set of plans
  • Further understand how trades interrelate

For more information about this course, contact Kayleigh Gustafson.