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Commerce Department's David Williamson to Lead Facilities Commission

David Williamson, superintendent of the Division of Industrial Compliance at the Ohio Department of Commerce, will take over next week as executive director of the Ohio Facilities Construction Commission (OFCC) and its subsidiary agency, the Ohio School Facilities Commission. 

The OFCC voted 3-0 Wednesday to appoint Williamson to the job, effective Nov. 8, at a salary of $115,000 per year, following an executive session to discuss personnel matters. Budget Director Tim Keen, who chairs the commission and led the search process, said he was impressed by Williamson's knowledge of state government and organizational leadership. 

Williamson has had two stints as superintendent of the division, during the Kasich administration and from 1999 to 2007 in the Taft administration. He previously served as executive director of the Board of Cosmetology and retired as a colonel from the U.S. Air Force after 28 years of service. 

The work of Williamson's division at the Department of Commerce is related to that of the facilities commission, as it oversees building codes and construction industry licensing. 

Keen and his fellow cabinet officers on the commission -- Administrative Services Director Robert Blair and Rehabilitation and Correction Director Gary Mohr -- offered gratitude to David Chovan, a senior staff member who has served as interim executive director following the October 2014 retirement of former Executive Director Richard Hickman. They also thanked the rest of the staff for their efforts during the transition.

BBS School Door Barricade Proposal Set For Nov. 16 Stakeholder Hearing

The Board of Building Standards (BBS)  has released its proposed school door barricade Rule and set a Stakeholder hearing for November 16.  Definitions are included throughout the document which you'll find below:  See especially pages 32 & 33 for operational definitions:  

Excerpt from pages 32 & 33:
1008.1.9.11 Temporary door locking device in school buildings. A temporary door locking device shall be permitted when approved by the building official and noted on the certificate of occupancy only in school buildings where the requirements of sections 1008. and 1008. are met. 

1008. Conditions of use. A temporary door locking device shall only be used on doors under the following conditions:

1. The temporary door locking device shall only be used in an emergency situation and during active shooter drills; and

2.     The temporary door locking device is engaged only by a staff member of the school building; and 

Read more: BBS School Door Barricade Proposal Set For Nov. 16 Stakeholder Hearing

BBS Sets Schedule for School Door Barricade Rule

The Board of Building Standards (BBS) Codes Committee has set September 21 and October 9 to meet to discus the rules for classroom barricades with the goal to begin the review process at the Board's meeting on October 16.

BBS Issues School Door Barricade Advisory

On September 2 the Ohio Board of Building Standards issued an Advisory to school officials and fire department personnel cautioning schools against purchasing and deploying barricade devices before the BBS issues a ruling on their use.  

Following is the BBS Advisory:

House Bill 64 adopted by the Ohio General Assembly on June 30, 2015 included new Revised Code § 3781.106 which requires the Ohio Board of Building Standards (the “Board”) to adopt rules for the use of devices that prevent both ingress and egress through school doors in an emergency situation or during active shooter drills. These rules must be in place by March 2016. The Board has begun the rule development process and will have a stakeholder meeting later this year on proposed rules to receive comment from interested persons. These rules will establish guidelines for what devices may be used in schools. Schools are cautioned against purchasing and deploying devices before the rules take effect as some devices may not comply with the new rules.

Until these rules are adopted, please continue to work with both your local building and fire departments for any proposed alteration to your school building, including the use of any device that restricts egress. In general, the Ohio Building Code (OBC) requires and will continue to require the following for door operation:

  1.  Egress doors should be readily openable from the egress side without the use of a key or special knowledge;
  2.  Door handles, pulls, latches, locks and other operating devices on doors shall not require tight grasping, tight pinching or twisting of the wrist to operate; and
  3.  The unlatching of any door shall not require more than one operation. Doors in the means of egress must be readily openable from the egress side without the use of a key or special knowledge or effort;

For questions about these or other building code requirements for schools, please contact:

Ohio Board of Building Standards 6606 Tussing Road
P.O. Box 4009
Reynoldsburg, OH 43068
614 | 644 2613
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Convention Registration is Open

The registration for the 2015 AIA Ohio Valley Region Convention to be held in Columbus, Ohio, October 11-13th, 2015 is now open.  Click on the graphic above to register for the Ohio Valley's premier learning, networking and leadership event.

AIA Launches State Economic Indicators

The AIA, in its July 24th edition of AIA Architect, launched its new and improved state economic indicator profiles.  Based on the work of the AIA and its Architecture Billing Index, the collection of indicators are intended to help architects make better business decisions.  The profiles will be updated semi-annually in July and January.  Click on the map to download a PDF copy of Ohio's current profile, or visit Practicing Architecture | AIA State Economic Indicators to access the profiles of other states.

The data in these profiles help indicate the impact and importance of the profession in society.

The AIA Leadership Institute

LeadershipInstitute RegionalVenues

Leadership Institute The AIA Leadership Institute is proud to announce the selection of our 2015 locations:

Boston, MA hosted by the Boston Society of Architects
Cleveland, OH hosted by AIA Cleveland
Phoenix, AZ hosted by AIA Arizona
San Antonio, TX hosted by AIA San Antonio
Washington, DC (Hub) hosted by the AIA Center for Civic Leadership

 As partners for the inaugural year of the re-envisioned and re-designed AIA Leadership Institute, these five locations will work together with the goal to bring timely, relevant, and interactive training to AIA members across the country. Taking place on Friday, October 23, 2015, the AIA Leadership Institute will be live broadcasted from our Hub Venue of Washington, DC to these four AIA Components. We will digitally connect in a one-day, shared national dialogue on leadership and architecture. The hybrid model leverages technology to live stream web-enabled video and in-person presentations. The program will showcase the best of national and local leadership knowledge. Anticipated attendance is over 250 participants. Please look for future communications with information on speakers, topics, and registration by visiting our website as updates continue to be announced: www.aialeadershipinstitute.com.

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