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Updated: 8/18/2017

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BX Open House Thursday!

BX Open House Invite

There is still time to join us Thursday at the BX Open House and Silent Auction!

Come network with hundreds of industry colleagues, enjoy a traditional BBQ dinner and bid on your chance to receive sports and entertainment themed items. The event is free for ALL BX members, but you must RSVP!





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2017 BX Safety Achievement Award Winners

Recently, the Builders Exchange proudly announced the winners of the 22nd annual BX Safety Awards with 16 companies being honored with 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 Three BX Safety Achievement Award Winners:


Corna Kokosing Construction LogoCorna Kokosing Construction Co.

  • Type of work:  Corna Kokosing Construction Co. is a construction manager and a general contracting company.
  • Senior leadership:  Josh Corna, president
  • Safety staff:  Layne Wortman, director of safety
  • Average number of employees:  220
  • Year company was founded:  1956
  • Company facts:  Corna also self performs carpentry, casework, concrete, drywall/acoustical ceilings, rigging & millwright, selective demolition and steel erection.
  • BX safety accolades: This is the 13th BX Safety Achievement Award that Corna has received.


Lang Masonry & Restoration Contractors LogoLang Masonry & Restoration Contractors

  • Type of work:  Lang Masonry & Restoration Contractors is a new masonry and restoration masonry company.
  • Senior leadership:  Damian Lang, CEO; James Hoskinson, president; Melvin Schwendman, vice president; Dean Lang project manager; Doug Taylor, CFO
  • Safety staff:  Greg Adams, safety director; Curtis Dille, site safety
  • Average number of employees:  70
  • Year company was founded:  1984
  • Company facts:  Lang Masonry & Restoration Contractors began over 30 years ago with entrepreneur Damian Lang. Many of the employees on the original crew are still with the company in leadership roles.
  • BX safety accolades:  This is the fifth BX safety achievement award that Lang Masonry & Restoration Contractors has received.


Kirk Williams Piping & Plumbing Co. LogoKirk Williams Piping & Plumbing Co.

  • Type of work:  Kirk Williams Piping & Plumbing Co. is a mechanical contractor that does pipe fabrication, installation and plumbing design-build.
  • Senior leadership:  J.K. Williams, secretary/treasurer
  • Safety staff:  Hank Castin, safety manager
  • Average number of employees:  50
  • Year company was founded:  1949
  • Company facts: Kirk Williams Piping and Plumbing is part of a family owned company that was started in 1949 by James “Kirk” Williams Sr. in downtown Columbus. 
  • BX safety accolades:  This is the third BX safety achievement award that Kirk Williams Piping and Plumbing Co. has received.


2017 Craftsmanship Award Recipient - Matt Pettet

The Craftsman:  Matt Pettet of Spectra Contract Flooring
His Winning Work:  Terrazzo flooring at Nationwide Children’s Hospital Ambulatory Pediatrics

The artistry of craftsman Matt Pettet is on display throughout the first floor of the Nationwide Children’s Ambulatory Pediatrics building.

Leading a crew of six, Pettet was responsible for installing the precast terrazzo steps, wall base, column wraps and 10,000 square feet of terrazzo flooring. The 17-step installation process was performed in phases, and work was done at night to accommodate the various trades on site. Working with eight different colors, Pettet used a free-hand technique to place the artwork on the concrete floor prior to setting strips and pouring the terrazzo.

Pettet has been in the industry for 12 years and has been employed by Spectra for the past nine years. This is his third BX Craftsmanship Award.

Sept. LEED: Visit the Universal Design Living Laboratory

Sept. LEED Meeting
Sept. 8 (8 – 9 a.m.)


$30 for BX member firms
$60 for non-members firms
To receive a refund, written cancellations must be made one week prior to the course.

Take a private behind-the-scenes look at the design, construction and occupancy of the Universal Design Living Laboratory, the national demonstration home and garden. This spectacular Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired Prairie Style home has achieved numerous certifications including a LEED Silver designation. Clever design features and meticulous detailing make this home convenient, functional, peaceful and safe for everyone during every stage of life — regardless of age, size or physical ability.

Mark your calendar now to join us at the Universal Design Living Laboratory (6141 Clark State Rd., Columbus). Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. with a continental breakfast provided. The tour begins promptly at 8 a.m. This program is approved for 1 LU/HSW credit from AIA and 1 CE hour from GBCI.

For more information about this program, contact Jenna Wojdacz.

OSHA 30-Hour: Compliance for Your Company

OSHA 30-Hour Training Course
Sept. 15, 21, 29 & Oct. 5 (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.

The OSHA 30-Hour Training Course provides an in-depth view of the 10 most common and deadly hazards in construction. This course can be especially helpful to foremen and supervisors who oversee other trades.  

On today’s complex construction sites, supervisors are exposed to dangers created by other contractors and subcontractors. This course provides supervisors with the knowledge to recognize hazards that may not directly pertain to their work. Don’t miss the chance to educate your employees on the hazards they face on a daily basis.

For more information about this course, contact Shauna Byrne.

Prepare Your Employees to Save a Life

Standard First Aid/CPR/AED
Oct. 6 (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 administer Standard First Aid and CPR – the life they save could be yours.

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

Back to School: Outreach Volunteers Needed

Schools are back in session; the BX Student Outreach Program needs your help 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 always 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 year 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.


Outreach Presenter Training Session
Wednesday, Sept. 6 (4 - 5 p.m.)
BX Education Room


Meet Craig Richards

Project Executive, Miles-McClellan Construction Co., Inc.
Years in the industry: 19

“I would recommend the Rising Leaders program to other young construction professionals because while our industry is very proprietary, the Rising Leaders provides you with a network of individuals (sometimes competitors), with whom you can discuss problems, lessons learned and best practices."

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.

BX Job Board – Your Online Employment Resource


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

Post your job opening on the BX job board!

With more than 1,800 visits in July, the BX job board is the place to have your job openings seen by individuals looking specifically for construction jobs.

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.

Check it out at!

Your People Are Your Most Important Asset

Building Your Organization Through People
Aug. 29 (8 – 10 a.m.)


$50 per person  (With 50% of net proceeds directed to the BX Foundation in support of Workforce Development efforts in central Ohio.)
To receive a refund, a written cancellation request must be made one week prior to the program.


In a competitive market for skilled labor, employers need strong teams and a company culture that encourages employee development and retention.

Learn how to attract great talent, develop strong teams and retain top performers during the program Building Your Organization Through People. In this morning workshop, Bryan Gillum (CMax Advisors) will outline the steps that innovative and motivated companies are taking to improve their organization’s performance, and you’ll discover ways to incorporate these ideas immediately.

For more information about this program, contact Deb Murphy.

About the Presenter:

 Bryan Gillum (CMax Advisors)An accountant by trade, Bryan Gillum was accustomed to analyzing data. As his career evolved, he began analyzing people and became skilled at understanding what motivates us. Gillum is the founder of CMax Advisors where his team uses this knowledge to help clients maximize team performance and build strong cultures.