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BX Weekly Newsletter

Updated: 2/16/2019


BX Scholarship Application Deadline Friday, Feb. 22


  Application Deadline: Friday, Feb. 22

Someone you know may be eligible to receive a scholarship from the BX, but they must apply by this Friday to be considered for an award.

Students enrolled at a four-year college or in a two-year program are eligible, high school seniors may also apply. Prior recipients of a BX scholarship are encouraged to re-apply for the coming school year. Last year, 33 students shared a total of $90,000, with individual awards ranging from $1,250 to $5,000.

ApplicBX Foundation Logoants 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

Applications, along with all required documents, can be submitted online. Applicants will be notified of their award status in May. For more information about BX scholarships, contact Pam Austin.

Conference: ODRC’s Plan for Carbon Neutrality


Ohio Construction Conference logoOhio Construction Conference
March 13 (7 a.m. – 5 p.m.)
The Ohio Union, 1739 N. High St., 43210


$260 per person for full-day
$165 per person for half-day
GROUP DISCOUNT: 3 full-day registrations for $555

Fees will increase after March 1. Register today at the early bird prices!




From Sustainability to Strategic Energy Management

The Ohio Department of Rehabilitation & Correction embraced sustainability years ago with a mission of integrating environmentally friendly practices into their policies, procedures and operations. Today, ODRC is taking their sustainable practices a step further with the implementation of a Strategic Energy Management plan and a goal of carbon neutrality by 2040.

At the Ohio Construction Conference, Jenny Hildebrand, chief of ODRC’s bureau of construction and sustainability, and Greg Raffio (Go Sustainable Energy) will share the strategy and discuss how the incarcerated fit into their plan.

This session is pending approval for 1 CE hour from USGBC and 1 LU/HSW credit from AIA. For more information about the conference, contact Deb Murphy.


About the presenters:

Jenny Hildebrand (Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction) headshot Jenny Hildebrand is the chief of the Bureau of Construction, Activation, Maintenance & Sustainability at the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction. She oversees sustainability efforts, project management and capital dollar expenditures. Hildebrand has nearly 30 years’ experience within ODRC and previously served as the energy conservation and sustainability administrator where she was able to use her working knowledge of correctional facilities to enhance conservation initiatives and move the department forward lessening the environmental footprint. Hildebrand has a bachelor’s degree in corrections and administration of justice from Eastern Kentucky University.
Gregory Raffio (Go Sustainable Energy) headshotGregory Raffio is an energy engineer at Go Sustainable Energy. He oversees business development and client relations and his energy engineering experience enables him to more effectively work with clients to develop technically and economically feasible solutions to their needs. Raffio has authored or co-authored ten technical papers in the field of Zero Energy Buildings (ZEBs), energy efficiency and multi-site analysis. Prior to joining Go Sustainable Energy, Raffio worked as a sustainability design engineer for Heapy Engineering. Raffio has both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Dayton.





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OSHA 10-Hour Certification

OSHA 10-Hour Training Course
March 19 & 21 (8 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.)


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


Create a baseline for your company’s safety standards in this two-day course on the most common safety risks faced on the job. Participants will learn OSHA requirement basics including compliance issues for 10 of the most common and deadly hazards in construction, including:

  • Fall protection
  • Electrical safety
  • Scaffolding
  • Trenching

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

Leadership on the Jobsite


Leadership on the Jobsite
April 2, 4, 9 & 11 (4 - 6 p.m.)


$360 per employee of BX member firms
$460 per person for non-member firms

Train your field employees to be more than experts in their trades, train them to be jobsite leaders. Attendees of the BX course Leadership on the Jobsite will not only learn practical leadership skills, but how to apply them.

Local industry leaders Dwight McCabe (The McCabe Companies), Jim Negron (Corna Kokosing Construction Co.) and Randy Sleeper (Bruner Corporation) will share the essentials of developing these invaluable skills:

  • Leadership and motivation
  • Managing diversity
  • Leading vs. Managing
  • Challenges of leadership
  • Leadership styles

For more information on BX education programs, contact Shauna Byrne

Layman's Look at Construction


A Layman's Look at Construction
April 10 (8 a.m. - Noon)


$180 per employee of BX member firms
$280 per person for non-member firms

Do you nod and smile while your coworkers talk about their new multiple letter certifications? Are you constantly googling terms on your cellphone during meetings? Entering the construction industry without a working knowledge of common terms and processes is challenging. Learn the fundamentals necessary to succeed in the construction industry in the Layman’s Look at Construction course

At the end of the course, participants will be able to:

  • Explain the phases of construction
  • Distinguish the relationships between parties involved in a project
  • Participate in planning, scheduling and procurement activities  
  • Recognize project management and accounting practices

For more information on BX education programs, contact Shauna Byrne.

How to Properly Manage A Problem Project


Managing the Problem Project
April 18 (3 - 6 p.m.)


$135 per employee of BX member firms
$235 per person for non-member firms

The key to handling a problem project well is recognizing trouble before the bottom falls out. This course offers insights and practical methods for decision-makers and managers trying to handle the fallout that can occur when a project turns ugly.

Attendees will learn how to recognize the warning signs of a job in trouble and the steps needed to manage and control the damages and risks. Course topics include:

  • Recognizing the S.O.S. signals
  • Mediation and arbitration
  • Communicating under crisis
  • Case studies and resolutions
  • Legal aspects and decisions
  • Managing risks and liabilities

For more information on BX education programs, contact Shauna Byrne.

Meet Our Leadership Program Participants


Joe Hannahs (The Superior Group) headshot Joe Hannahs, senior project manager
Years in the Industry: 12
The Superior Group

Nathan Morgan (Thompson Concrete Construction, Ltd.) headshot Nathan Morgan, superintendent/project manager
Years in the Industry: 24
Thompson Concrete Construction, Ltd.

Steve Poling (Continental Building Co.) headshot Steve Poling, senior project superintendent
Years in the Industry: 25
Continental Building Co.

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.

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 eighth year for the program, with a class of 24 executives from BX member firms.

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

Member News: Former OHSA Inspector Honored Through School Donation


Rick Burns headshotThe Builders Exchange of Central Ohio, OSHA Columbus and OSU's Environmental Health & Safety donated $500 worth of hard hats, vision and hearing protection to Pickaway-Ross CTC's carpentry and electrical technologies students in an outreach to mark OSHA Safety Day 2019. These supplies were donated in honor of Richard (Rick) Burns a long-time OSHA compliance officer.