Eric Starkowicz
Executive Director
The biggest buzz in Wheeling this week was generated by OVCEC General Contractor Member, Carl Walker Construction. On Thursday, they performed a 20-hour continuous concrete pour at the new Market Street Parking Garage. You can read more about it below.

Looking ahead, next Wednesday, February 22, we will hold the OVCEC Annual Membership Meeting at Oglebay. Registration is closed. Attendees will learn more about the OVCEC 2023-2025 Strategic Plan and new ways to get involved. Additionally, guests will hear from Wheeling Mayor, Glenn Elliott and Department of Economic Development Secretary, Mitch Carmichael.

Matt Koon of Environmental Health & Safety Solutions will provide a Safety Minute presentation. He will also be giving a full presentation at the OVCEC on March 29 on Trenching and Excavation Safety. Details and registration can be found below.
Carl Walker Construction 
20-Hour Continuous Pour of Concrete on Thursday at Wheeling Parking Garage Site
For downtown commuters in Wheeling, the attention-grabbing spectacle of the new Market Street Parking Garage has been impossible to miss, and this week the construction site was abuzz with even more activity than usual when a massive undertaking unfolded on the job site.
High-paying jobs that don't need a college degree? Thousands of them sit empty.
President Biden, in his State of the Union address this month, spoke of "jobs paying an average of $130,000 a year, and many do not require a college degree."
Volpatt Construction Presents 
The Future of Building Webinar Series
Twice monthly sessions highlight entrepreneurs, innovators, and the technologies that are helping to reshape construction while also offering architects CEUs for participation 

BamCore will be the first in the series and showcase its sustainable 
Prime Wall™ bamboo framing system
Volpatt Construction announced a new webinar series titled “The Future of Building”. Twice monthly, the series will highlight the entrepreneurs, innovators, and technologies that are helping to reshape construction and transform building management. The webinars are open to the entire construction community including architects, general contractors, sub contractors, trades, and students. Each session offers 1 AIA CEU for architects. 

The webinars will be held on the second and fourth Wednesday of every month at 12 PM ET. The first will take place on Wednesday, February 22nd at 12 PM ET. Register for the first event here:

Each event offers a presentation and Q&A session lasting for about an hour. Participating architects will earn one hour of CE credits for every event they register for and attend.

“We’re excited to curate and present our peers in construction with some of the most unique technologies and ideas that are changing the way we construct and manage buildings,” said Michael Volpatt, VP of Marketing, People, and Innovation for Volpatt Construction. “From sustainable building materials and more efficient framing technology to AI, machine learning, and digital twins, The Future of Building will open everyone’s eyes to how our industry is changing.”

The first to present in the series is BamCore (CEU = 1 LU/HSW). BamCore utilizes timber bamboo, industrialized construction techniques, and disruptive technology to engineer high-performance building materials to mitigate the impacts of climate change and the housing crisis. Nich Allan, PE, Director, Product Development & QC of BamCore, will discuss the BamCore Prime Wall™, a beyond-zero carbon footprint framing system for commercial and residential low-rise construction. We will also touch on BamCore’s journey to developing the first sustainable global timber bamboo supply chain and innovating fiber-optimizing technologies so that developers can build in half the time with half the crew.

“It is exciting to collaborate with fellow pioneers in this new age of construction,” said Nich. “In this critical decade, our building materials choices will make a huge global impact on our future.”

Future presenters in the series include:

  • March 8 — James Mauler, CEO and Founder of Cadnetics. Serving architects, engineers, builders, and construction companies, Cadnetics is at the forefront of the technological revolution in design. With expertise in LIDAR and other data and image capturing technology James and his team will discuss the future of LIDAR technology in the building industry. (CEU = 1 LU) Register here:  
  • March 22 — Dr. Ryan Alimo, CEO and Founder of OpalAi. ScanTo3D is an AI-enabled mobile app for capturing and generating as-built drawings, floorplans, and BIM of commercial and residential spaces with a simple walkthrough. Dr. Alamo will discuss how scan to 3D and AI are revolutionizing the Architecture, Engineering, and Construction (AEC) industry. (CEU = 1 LU). Register here: 
  • April 12 — John Burton, CEO of UrsaLeo. UrsaLeo’s Gemini solution offers a way to add metaverse features to any existing SaaS platform with primary interface through including digital twins derived from CAD/LIDAR; Real Time IoT data integration to help with BIM modeling and decarbonization. John will discuss how digital twins are being used to help monitor and manage energy usage in the built environment. (CEU = 1 LU). Register here: 

Each session offers 1 AIA CEU. The series is presented in partnership with AIA Pittsburgh.
If you hear of a project you would like to see in our Plan Room, please let us know. We will make every effort to get it. And as always, if you need prints or you are interested in getting access to our online plan room, send us a message.

If you have questions, please contact us at or 304-242-0520.

Ohio Valley Construction Employers Council
Eric Starkowicz, Executive Director

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