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May 2013
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welcomeOFCC receives award for "Green" Schools
  
Chris Pyke and Lisa Laney
(L-R) USGBC VP of Research Chris Pyke with Lisa Laney,
OFCC Sustainability Manager.
The Ohio Facilities Construction Commission (OFCC) has been honored for its work in building energy efficiency and environmentally-friendly school buildings.
  
At its April conference, the Central Ohio Chapter of the U.S. Green Buildings Council (USGBC) presented the Commission with a Recognition of Excellence award commemorating the 50+ OFCC-funded buildings certified under the USGBC's LEED for Schools program.
  
The Commission is the recognized national leader in sustainable design, with 302 schools either registered or certified through the LEED system. California, the closest "competitor," has 201 schools either pursuing or having received certification.
  
Click here for more information about the OFCC Green Schools Program.
welcomeCelebrating 1,000 schools!
  
Celebrating SchoolsSince its inception in 1997, the Ohio School Facilities Commission (OSFC) has now constructed or renovated more than 1,000 school buildings that serve approximately 550,000 Ohio school children.
  
To mark the occasion, OSFC passed a resolution at its April 25 Commission meeting. Following the meeting, current and former OSFC staff members celebrated this milestone at its Columbus office. Executive Director Rick Hickman commended staff members for their hard work and dedication and said, "Beginning tomorrow - we'll start on our next 1,000."
welcomeOFCC pilots first online bid
  
OFCC pilots first online bid
(Front, L-R) Steve Mayo, Lane Beougher (OFCC), Robin Cox (Ohio Department of
Mental Health), (Back L-R) Joe Rowland,
PhD (InfoTech) and WeiDong Huang (OFCC)
In March, OFCC announced plans to use an electronic bidding system that will streamline bidding on construction contracts. The full implementation of this system is expected this summer.
  
As planned, OFCC has begun the process of training contractors for pilot projects and successfully conducted its first internet-based submission of bids last week. OFCC staff and clients witnessed this monumental event, which involved contractors submitting their bids through a secure website that checks for errors and completeness of the bid. Contractors then receive a printable date/time stamp. At bid opening time, the system unlocks the bids and allows staff to decrypt the tabulated bids, with the results available on the website soon after the bid deadline.
  
A representative from InfoTech, Inc., the provider of the new BidExpress electronic bidding service, was on hand to provide assistance and answer questions. Please stay tuned to future issues of the OFCC Connector for updates .
welcomeQuality construction review
  
OFCC would like to remind all Construction Managers and Owner Agents that apparent low bidders need submitted through the Quality Construction review at QualityConstruction@ofcc.ohio.gov. Please allow five days for the review process before moving forward with a recommendation to the School Board for approval.
  
For questions or concerns, contact the OFCC Quality Assurance Team directly at the e-mail address listed above. Thank you in advance for helping with our continuing effort to build quality school buildings for the students of Ohio .
welcomeStaff updates
  
Diane Brown and Rick Hickman
(L-R) Diane Brown and OFCC Executive Director Rick Hickman
OFCC bids farewell and good luck to Diane Brown who recently retired from 27 years of state government service. In her role as project coordinator, Diane managed the construction trade contract and change order process for OFCC-funded school buildings. In 2010, Diane was recognized by her peers as the winner of the Anthony Tripodi Award which is presented to the staff member who best exemplifies the late Anthony Tripodi's dedication to public service and his commitment to Ohio's schoolchildren.
  
Ramzi Najjar from the OFCC Energy Services team has transferred to the Projects team as the new K-12 Program Manager, responsible for leading the North team. Prior to joining the former State Architect's Office, Ramzi worked for a local construction management firm for most of his career, as well as being involved in OSFC projects.
  
Click here or a complete list of OFCC staff members.