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ODOT/OFCC/P3 Being Studied

After two Republican senators chided the agency for a lack of details in a funding request. the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) requested that a $100 million item be deferred during a January 26 meeting of the Ohio Controlling Board.

Johann Klein, ODOT legislative liaison, told Controlling Board Interim President Robin McGuire Rose the agency will defer until next meeting the request seeking approval of capital funds for the construction of highway maintenance facilities through the Ohio Facilities Construction Commission (OFCC). The request also seeks a more than $51 million contract with the Ohio Council of Port Authorities (OCPA).

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Facilities Panels Re-Elect Leadership

The Ohio School Facilities Construction Commission and Ohio Facilities Construction Commission met to reorganize for the biennium January 22nd, voting to keep Budget Director Tim Keen as chairman and Administrative Services Director Robert Blair as vice chairman.

Keen said while the commissions previously authorized him to direct the process of naming a permanent replacement for now-retired Director Richard Hickman, he's not made much headway given his work on Gov. John Kasich's third biennial budget proposal, due in less than two weeks.

Keen said he expects to be able to do more once the budget is released, and said the panels are being well-served now by David Chovan, the interim director. 

Kasich Vetoes Move-Up for Five School Districts Among OSFC Priorities (HB 483)

Vetoed by Governor Kasich in the Mid Biennium Review Bill (HB483) was language that would have changed funding priorities under School Facilities Commission programs for districts that had a large reliance on tangible personal property taxes, which were eliminated in 2005.


The impact on some districts has been that they have less local revenue to pay their share of the cost of new building construction and they’re also kept low on the priority funding list. The bill language would have moved five districts up on the list in fiscal year 2015 and required a total of $97.5 million more in state share for their projects, according to the fiscal analysis.

Rep. Tim Derickson (R-Oxford) had sought the language in past budget bills only to see it vetoed by both Gov. Kasich and Gov. Ted Strickland before him.

“Under this item, schools would be able to unilaterally change the project agreements they reached with the state in order to reduce their costs,” Gov. Kasich wrote.

School Building Commission Marks Efficiency Milestone

The Ohio School Facilities Commission (OSFC) said Thursday a new Columbus City Schools building is the 150th public education facility in the state to be certified under the U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program.


Columbus' new Scioto middle-high school is a LEED Gold-certified building, the 67th to receive that designation. Ohio has three buildings with the highest designation, LEED Platinum; 77 LEED Silver designees; and 3 LEED Certified, the most basic rating.

OSFC has started requiring all building projects to seek LEED Silver certification at minimum.

The commission said Ohio has the most certified public school buildings in the nation, leading the more populous California, which has 108. An additional 190 projects are in the pipeline in Ohio, the commission said.

"These projects, which represent a commitment to both our school children and the future of our environment, are the direct result of innovative team work from architects, construction managers, trade contractors, and our project partners, the local school districts. I commend them for their accomplishments," OSFC Executive Director Richard Hickman said in a statement.


LEED designations are derived from a points-based system focused on such design elements as water and energy efficiency, sustainable site development, material selection, and indoor environmental quality. 

AIA Ohio School of Architecture Competition Charrette

This spring, AIA Ohio sponsored the second annual Schools of Architecture Competition Charrette.  The goals included:

  • increasing interaction between the 4 schools of architecture and the profession by engaging students, professors and professionals in the charrette and jury process and
  • increasing interaction between the students of local school programs by promoting team submissions that foster collaboration.


The competition was for an "Architectural Congress of Ohio Pavilion" in Kent for inter-institutional collaboration between the State's schools of architecture, its professional design organizations, and the spaces they collectively influence.  The site included a 15,000 sf program with work space, resource space and exhibition space.


The competition resulted in 82 students participating on 28 teams representing the four schools of architecture.  Entries this year were all juried by the AIA Ohio Jury after the AI AIA Ohio Board meeting at Kent State University on March 14th.  The AIA Ohio Jury reviewed all 28 submissions and selected First, Second and Third Place winners and five Honorable Mentions.  The professors and professionals who volunteered their time are to be commended, and the winning students and schools congratulated: 


AIA Ohio Jury:


            Bruce Sekanick, AIA, Chair

            Paul Hollenbeck, AIA

            Elizabeth Corbin Murphy, FAIA

            Sandy Bresler, AIA

      School Professors:

            Udo Greinacher (University of Cincinnati)

            Bart Overly (Ohio State University)

            John Weigand, AIA (Miami University)

            Bill Willoughby (Representing Kent State University)


View a full list of winners and images of the winning projects>>


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  • Legislative Issues

    AIA Ohio’s Legislative affairs program provides information and leadership through advocacy and monitoring of legislation and regulations at the state level.  By collaborating with allied professionals, industry representatives, code officials, and state and local representatives, AIA Ohio strives to build strategic alliances to address issues of public health, safety and welfate, design excellence and in advancing the quality of life through the built environment.

    As advocates of innovative approaches to legislation, AIA Ohio advances state regulations that benefit the practice of architecture and promotes good design that positively affects the quality of life of for all citizens of Ohio. Through our efforts, AIA Ohio works to educate the public and legislators on a wide facet of issues relating to architecture including:

    • Qualification Based Selection
    • Historic Preservation
    • Sustainable Design
    • Building Code development and regulation
    • Statute of repose

    Working through our highly qualified staff and experienced membership, AIA Ohio proposes regulations, positions architects as leaders, and tracks and responds to legislation that benefits both architects and users of the built environment alike. Additionally, through our Political Action Committee, we strive to support legislation, and allies in the legislature, that advances the needs of our members.

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