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Updated: 9/15/2017

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Knowing Your Role After an Accident is Critical

Increase ROI Through Aggressive Claims Management
Oct. 31 (8 – 10 a.m.)


There is no charge to attend, but you must register.

An accident occurs at your jobsite, and unfortunately a worker is injured. Do you know what to investigate, document or when to certify a claim? Do you know how to handle the employee's absence and what your responsibilities are for managing their return to work? All of these issues, if not properly performed, can cost your company thousands of dollars.

If you have questions about what to do when an employee is injured on the job, join us for Increase Return on Investment Through Aggressive Claims Management. This interactive workshop, led by a team of experts from CareWorksComp, the BX Third Party Administrator (TPA), will guide attendees through the process of claims management by using construction-specific case studies.

For more information about this workshop, contact Stacy Sleeper.

2017 BX Safety Achievement Award Winners

At the 125th Annual Meeting in November, 16 firms will receive a BX Safety Achievement Award for outstanding safety statistics and jobsite performance.      

All Safety Award winners will be recognized for their safety efforts at the 125th BX Annual Meeting in November. For more information about the BX Safety Awards, contact Shane Van Bibber.

Congratulations to Two BX Safety Achievement Award Winners:


The Superior Group LogoThe Superior Group

  • Type of work:  The Superior Group is an electrical and technology services contractor.
  • Senior leadership:  Bryan Stewart, president and Greg Stewart, CEO
  • Safety staff:  Bob Shonkwiler, vice president of field operations; Stefen Shelley, safety director; Myron Ingram, Paul Coxe and Carl Richsion, safety staff
  • Average number of employees:  558
  • Year company was founded:  2004
  • Company facts:  The Superior Group starts every day with a safety action plan, maintaining safety awareness for supervisors and employees.
  • BX safety accolades: This is the 16th BX Safety Achievement Award that The Superior Group has received.


Turner Construction Co. LogoTurner Construction Co.

  • Type of work:  Turner Construction Co. is a general construction company.
  • Senior leadership:  Charlie Egbert, vice president and operations manager; Brian Mooney, vice president and general manager
  • Safety staff:  Abram Reece, safety manager
  • Average number of employees:  794
  • Year company was founded:  1902
  • Company facts: Turner Construction Co. has received OSHA VPP Star Status, meaning Turner meets the highest performance-based criteria for a managed safety and health system.
  • BX safety accolades:  This is the 16th BX Safety Achievement Award that Turner Construction Co. has received.

2017 BX CRAFTSMANSHIP AWARD RECIPIENT – Pymer Plastering, Inc. Crew

2017 Craftsmanship Award Recipient - Pymer Plastering, Inc. Crew

The Craftsmen:  Steve Miller, Edward Payne, Josh Hammond and David Shenberger of Pymer Plastering, Inc. (not pictured, Ron Bohlen)
The Winning Work:  Ornamental plaster and renovation work at The Citizens

The extensive renovation and restoration work of the crew from Pymer Plastering can be seen throughout the entry and first floor of The Citizens building located in Downtown Columbus.

Built in 1917 as The Citizens Savings and Trust Company, much of the original plaster had been damaged by water, neglect and construction done in 1960. A unique element of the entry ceiling was created with fingerprints by the original plasterers, making it a challenge for the crew to accurately re-match the size and texture. The plaster ornaments, templates and moulds were handcrafted on site, then installed, tooled and finished to match existing pieces. The lobby columns and pilasters are different sizes, requiring the crew to make adjustments so the framing, sheathing and covers remain consistent.

This is the first crew award for Pymer Plastering. The craftsmen will receive their award at the 125th BX Annual Meeting in November.

BX-WIN: A Unique Education Series for Your New Hires


Oct. 2, 16, 30, Nov. 6, 27 & Dec. 11 (3 – 5:30 p.m.)


$429 for BX member firms
$529 for non-member firms
To reserve a seat, a $50 deposit is due with registration.

Looking back on your first year in the workforce, what do you wish you had known? What advice would have made you a more effective representative of your company?

In many ways, construction, architecture and engineering can only be mastered through hands-on experience. Along with technical growth, new hires need to increase their awareness of basic business principles to fully develop as professionals. That’s why the Builders Exchange offers a unique education series aimed at new hires in member firms. The program is called BX “WIN” – Welcome Industry Newcomers. The six-session course will help young professionals think beyond their job description.

Topics include:

  • Relationship Building – Benefits of Making and Maintaining Positive Business Contacts
  • Communication – The Key to Nearly Every Construction Success or Disaster
  • Technology – A Look at Current Applications That May Work for Your Company
  • Ethics and Professionalism – New and Seasoned CEOs Share Their Perspectives
  • Construction Law Basics – Fundamentals for Industry Beginners
  • Employer Expectations – Going Beyond Job Description Bullet Points

For more information about this unique program, contact Jenna Wojdacz.

Promoting Careers in Construction to Central Ohio Students

For two decades, the BX Student Outreach Program has been working to improve the image of the construction industry while motivating area middle and high school students to consider careers in construction. The BX needs your help as a speaker for the 2017/18 school year.

The program is presented by BX members - professionals in careers ranging from skilled trades, to construction management, to architecture. The goal is to interest young people, boys and girls, in jobs they may never have previously considered. More than 89,000 central Ohio students have been reached since the Outreach Program was initiated in 1993.

The Exchange is seeking volunteers to serve as Outreach speakers. This opportunity will allow you to share the responsibility of inspiring tomorrow’s workforce. Presentations occur during the school day and you volunteer when it fits your schedule - whether it’s once a year or several times a month. After a brief training session, speakers visit middle and high school classrooms in teams of two and present the structured 35-minute program.

Become a volunteer for the BX Student Outreach Program today. For more information, contact Pam Austin.

Train Supervisors in OSHA Compliance

OSHA 30-Hour Course
Oct. 12, 20, 26 & Nov. 3 (8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. each day)


$469 for BX Workers’ Comp Group firms
$509 for BX member firms
$809 for non-member firms
To receive a refund, a cancellation request must be received one week prior to the beginning date of the program.

Ensure your field supervisors and safety directors have the tools they need to keep themselves and their employees safe! This course provides advanced information on OSHA compliance issues, such as:

  • fall protection
  • electrical safety
  • scaffolding
  • trenching
  • the basics of OSHA

For more information about this course or to schedule a company-specific class, contact Shauna Byrne.

Meet Brian Smith

Project Engineer, S&ME, Inc.
Years in the industry: 6

“The Rising Leaders Institute has provided me with techniques to become a more effective leader, while also allowing me to get to know other professionals in the construction 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.

Applications for the Class of 2018 are now online. For more information about the Rising Leaders Institute, contact Jenna Wojdacz.

Construction Contracts – Authority, Risk, Negotiation


Construction Contracting 101
Sept. 26 & 28 (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.

Do your employees know which items on a contract are enforceable and who has the authority to sign a contract?

What your employees don’t know about your contracts can hurt you and your bottom line. In the BX course Construction Contracting 101, attendees will learn the intricacies of negotiating contracts, both before and after signing. Instructors Mike Madigan (Kegler Brown Hill + Ritter) and Peter Hahn (Dinsmore & Shohl LLP) will highlight the important parts of contracts, the parties who can and should be involved in negotiating and signing and review basic legal terms that will help with overall contract understanding.

Course topics include:

  • How to interpret basic contract documents
  • Key contracting and subcontracting issues
  • How to control contract risks and obligations
  • Where to look for information in the contract
  • Which situations call for legal counsel
  • Expectations of each party in the contract

For more information about this course, contact Jenna Wojdacz.

Post Your Job Opening on BXJOBS.COM!


Are you looking for an estimator, someone to work in the warehouse or maybe an apprentice carpenter?  

Job openings posted during August were seen by more than 2,000 visitors. Post your job opening on the BX job board today.  It’s easy to post your job opening:

  • Go to
  • Complete the fill-in-the-blank form
  • Click “submit to BX”
That’s it – your next employee may be just a click away! Contact Sanda Elkins with any questions.

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Oct. LEED: Project Budgets: Where Does Sustainable Design Fit?

Oct. LEED Meeting
Oct. 13 (8 – 9 a.m.)


$15 for member firms
$30 for non-members
To receive a refund, written cancellations must be made one week prior to the course.

How much more does LEED cost? What value does it really bring? You have heard or asked these questions about LEED or other third-party green certification programs over the past 15 years. Now with over a decade of data to pull from, USGBC and other organizations have identified an intriguing business case for building green.

Join us for a presentation by Allen Schaffer (Moody Nolan, Inc.), Tyler Steele (Hines) and Tucker Bohm (The Daimler Group) as they review the current green building value propositions, layout the complexities of developing a project budget in this region and share insights on the challenges and opportunities for fitting sustainable design in project budgets.

This course is pending approval for 1 LU/HSW credit from AIA and 1 LEED hour from GBCI. For more information about this meeting, contact Jenna Wojdacz.

Develop Your Managers into Leaders

Leadership on the Jobsite
Nov. 7. 9, 14 & 15 (4 - 6 p.m.)


$360 for BX member firms
$460 for non-members
To receive a refund, written cancellations must be made one week prior to the course.

Today's field superintendents and project managers are expected to be leaders.  In the BX course, Leadership on the Jobsite, attendees will learn what leadership is and how to apply it in the field. They will also gain knowledge from experienced industry professionals on the essentials of leadership and the challenges that come with holding a leadership position. Course topics include:
  • Leadership and motivation
  • Managing diversity
  • Leading vs. Managing
  • Challenges of leadership
  • Leadership styles
For more information about this course, contact Jenna Wojdacz.