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Ohio House Bill 487 and the New Ohio Facilities Construction Commission

   On June 11, Governor Kasich signed Amended Substitute House Bill 487 (titled Mid-Biennium Review Management Efficiency Plan) into law.  HB 487 provides, in part, for the elimination of the State Architect’s office and the creation of a new Ohio Facilities Construction Commission (“OFCC”). The State Architect’s office was formed almost a century for the purpose of building and maintaining Ohio’s canals and transportation system.  With the passage of HB 487, the State Architect’s office will be subsumed under the OFCC whose role will be to administer the design and construction of improvements to public facilities of the State of Ohio. Read More ›

Ohio Construction Reform Recently Released the Final Construction Manager at Risk Documents Available for Public Projects in Ohio

Craig Weise, Ohio Construction Reform Program Director, recently released the final Construction Manager at Risk documents available for public projects in Ohio. Read More ›

The Ohio Department of Administrative Services (DAS) has developed a protocol for implementing building information modeling (BIM) techniques on public projects.

The Ohio Department of Administrative Services (DAS) has developed a protocol for implementing building information modeling (BIM) techniques on public projects. Read More ›

Feds Crack Down on Fraud in Small Business Procurement Programs

The Federal Government has a stated goal to award 23% of prime contract dollars to small businesses, with sub-goals for HUBZONE, Women-Owned businesses, Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned businesses and Small Disadvantaged businesses.  Last year, the Federal Government spent approximately $9 Billion on construction contracts awarded to small and disadvantaged businesses.
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What Project Delivery Method will be Used for the Louisville-Southern Indiana Ohio River Bridges Project?

Spurred by President Obama’s visit to the I-71/75 Brent Spence Bridge last week, bridge construction projects continue to be in the news across the country.  The Louisville Southern Indiana Ohio River Bridges Project, which is one of the largest transportation projects in the United States, continues to move forward.  One of the issues that must be decided is what project delivery method will be used for the project.  On September 13 the Bridges Authority issued a Request for Information to aid in its selection of a delivery model and financial plan for the project. The RFI seeks input on the following questions: Read More ›

New Ohio Transportation Bill Allows Public-Private Partnerships And Limited Design-Build Procurement

Ohio has joined a growing number of states turning to public – private partnerships, or PPPs, to help fund much needed infrastructure projects.  On March 30, Ohio Governor John Kasich signed a new $6.8 billion transportation bill into law. House Bill 114 allows the Ohio Department of Transportation to enter agreements with private entities to develop, finance, maintain, and operate transportation infrastructure.    Read More ›

Major New Hospital Project Employs Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) Process

The first steel columns were set last month on a new $268 million, 760,000 square foot hospital under construction in Owensboro, Kentucky. Owensboro Medical Health System is the project’s owner. The core project participants include Turner Construction Company (construction manager), HGA (architect), and SSR (mechanical, electrical, plumbing engineer). Read More ›

New U.S. EPA Stormwater Rules and Initiatives Will Significantly Impact the Construction and Development Sector

In a series of three announcements beginning in late October and ending just before the end of 2009, U.S. EPA issued new rules, and commenced action to develop another rule, that will considerably increase the cost of construction and development ("C&D") across the country. Read More ›

Mike Shull Joins FBT Construction Law Group

Mike Shull recently joined Frost Brown Todd’s Construction Law Group and will be based in the Louisville office. Mike holds civil engineering and law degrees from the University of Kentucky and was a research engineer for the Kentucky Transportation Center (formerly the research division of the Kentucky Department of Transportation) before pursuing his legal career. There he gained experience with highway construction materials, pavement drainage systems, and other transportation-related issues Read More ›

Mandy Earl Joins FBT Construction Law Group as Construction Professional

Mandy Earl recently joined FBT's Construction Law Group as a Construction Professional. Mandy has a B.S. degree in Civil Engineering and an M.S. degree in Construction Management from Washington University in St. Louis, and is a registered Professional Engineer in Ohio. She is currently pursuing her law degree at the University of Cincinnati College of Law. Prior to joining FBT, Mandy served as a Geotechnical and Project Engineer with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and also worked in project management for a large general contractor where she coordinated with numerous architects, engineers, contractors, and project owners. Mandy will assist the Construction Law Group in risk management issues and in claims and disputes, including scope disputes, delay and impact claims, and construction defect claims.

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