The DBL Construction Group has reported on the pioneering Ohio Construction Reform Act (OCR) since its enactment in 2011 and throughout its implementation during 2012. In short, OCR transformed Ohio’s outdated approach to public construction, which previously permitted only multiple prime contracting, by allowing several alternative delivery methods. These newly offered methods include single prime contracting, construction manager at risk (CMR), and design-build. These options provide owners and contractors flexibility that can save time, lower costs, and allocate risk more efficiently.
The Ohio State Architect’s Office, and its successor, the Ohio Facilities Construction Commission (OFCC), have been releasing contract documents for the alternative delivery methods periodically over the past year. By now, the OFCC has released comprehensive sets of documents for the single prime contracting, CMR, and design-build methods. These sets include general conditions, approved subcontracts, bid forms and instructions, bond forms, and supplementary conditions for Ohio’s universities and schools, among other helpful documents. They are available for download on the OFCC website.
On several occasions in 2012, Ohio offered a day-long seminar, the Ohio Construction Reform Academy. The OCR Academy aimed to educate attendees on how the state will implement the new delivery methods and how to use those methods successfully on their next Ohio project. The Academy covered a wide range of practical topics. These include the “Best Value” selection process, the subcontractor prequalification process, the Ohio CMR and design-build contracts, and a general review of the new OCR rules.
Unfortunately, Ohio is not currently offering the OCR Academy in 2013. However, the state posted the PowerPoint presentations from the seminar on the OCR website. While you lose the benefits of a live seminar, you may review these materials at your own pace and in the comfort of your office or home.
If you would like to know more about these issues, please contact Ryan McLane, a Northern Kentucky associate in the Medical Malpractice, Construction, Administrative Law, and Civil Litigation Practice Groups at Dressman Benzinger LaVelle psc. Ryan can be reached at (859) 426-2143 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org« Back to news