News
The site of a vacant warehouse in East Wheeling may eventually house the city’s police and fire departments if City Council moves forward with a new proposal for a $14.5 million facility. At a meeting of Council’s Public Safety Committee on Monday, City Manager Robert Herron presented city staff’s recommendation to construct a public safety building at a property at 19th and Jacob Streets. Read More
Developers of Harrison County power plant name contractor for project
The developers of the planned gas-fired power plant in Harrison County have selected a contractor to build the plant.
ESC Harrison County Power, one of the two co-developers, has entered into an engineering, procurement and construction services contract with Connecticut-based Gemma Power Systems. Read More
Youth movement: Reaching Gen Z
Make room, millennials. Gen Z is here, with growing influence and money to spend. We asked industry leaders for their thoughts on the best way to connect with the next sports-mad generation.

They began using tablets and cellphones in their strollers, and because 9/11 happened when they were toddlers — if they had been born yet at all — they’ve never known a world that wasn’t polarized and at conflict. Some even use that day as a defining characteristic: If you can't remember it, you are a Gen Zer. Read More
Ohio Colleges And Manufacturers Launch New Apprenticeship Push 
A coalition of Miami Valley community colleges and industry groups is launching a new program that aims to close the manufacturing skills gap. Read More
With jobsites functioning far different than in the past, Construction Executive asked its social media followers to show what it’s like to work in today’s building sector. Here's a look at the best of the best. Read More
Construction of new Ohio River bridge continues
Construction of a new $131 million bridge to span the Ohio River continues between Wellsburg and Brilliant. The future 830-foot, tied-arch span bridge is being built by the Flatiron Corp. of Broomfield, Colo., and is expected to be completed sometime in 2021. Read More
Senate Panel Aims for Highway Bill Vote by August Break
 While there is little to no evident progress in Washington on a big, wide-ranging infrastructure bill, Senate Environment and Public Works Committee leaders are moving on their version of a highway reauthorization bill, a key legislative priority for engineering and construction firms.   Read More
The Miller Act requires general contractors to obtain payment bonds so that subcontractors and suppliers are guaranteed payment on federal projects. Read More  
Although the total impact of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) will only be determined with time, certain changes that begin with the 2018 tax year will have an immediate impact on contractors. Read More
Design-build contractors with contractual responsibility for design and construction need strong contractual language and insurance programs to minimize risk exposures....  Read More
Project of the Week
$24 Million Conotton Valley Community Center
Conotton Valley Community Center
This project is valued at $24,000,000 and will have a competition pool, family aquatic facility, 8 lanes of bowling, a gym with indoor running track and a fitness center.
 
We expect the building packages to be available later in August, but we will have an early earthwork and site utilities package out next week.
  
Potential bidders will be required to prequalify. That form can be found at  www.iconohio.com  and click on the Conotton Valley link.

*Plans WILL BE Available in the OVCEC Plan Room
The rendering featured above is "conceptual"
Safety and Risk
A Focus Four for Health Hazards in Construction
Every year, about 1,000 construction workers are killed on the job. Everyone is familiar with the Focus Four – falls, electrocutions, struck-bys and caught-in/betweens – the four hazards that kill about 90 percent of construction workers. Yet far more construction workers suffer chronic injuries or illnesses from exposures on the job. Read More
Reduce Risk and Increase Productivity in Construction
"The companies I talk to say they need to reduce risk and build more predictability into their projects. If they can do that, they can be more productive and achieve better margins. Adopting construction-management technology is the first step toward managing risk. When all project-related documents are captured digitally—including things like change orders, RFIs (requests for information), submittals, and issue reports—significant information is amassed and grows with each new project. Machine-learning tools can automate the process, helping find the root causes of persistent problems. From quality issues to safety risks, companies can use big data to identify construction trends and drive better outcomes on future projects." Read More
Safety Tool Box Talk
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