May 16, 2022


OCA Workforce Awareness Intiatives: Contractor Classroom Collaboration Spring Updates

OCA has been working to keep our contractors connected to classrooms in various ways this spring. OCA provides multiple programs under our branding of Contractor Classroom Collaboration, with the goal being to connect members with schools so they can build direct connections to our future workforce.

The Akron-Canton Chapter held their high school Rich DiGeronimo Constructor for a Day on Tuesday, April 19. The half-day program included 126 students from four local schools who learned about union apprenticeship training and toured a jobsite. The chapter also had many volunteers involved for the day. Project tours were led by chapter volunteers from The Beaver Excavating Company and The Ruhlin Company.

Students pictured toured a project with The Ruhlin Co. as part of the Akron-Canton Chapter Rich DiGeronimo Constructor for a Day.

Industry Notice - Requests for Letters of Interests: Brent Spence Bridge

The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) and the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) are soliciting Letters of Interest (LOI) from firms interested in providing Design-Build Services for the Brent Spence Bridge Corridor Project. Information on how to submit the requested LOI can be found here:

The Brent Spence Bridge Corridor Project will reconstruct approximately 5 miles of I-71/I-75 in Kentucky and 1 mile of I-75 in Ohio and will include construction of a new companion bridge over the Ohio River, just to the west of the existing Brent Spence Bridge. An Industry Forum and One-on-One meetings will be held June 7, 2022 at the Northern Kentucky Convention Center. See the link to the LOI solicitation on how to request a meeting. A Request for Qualifications (RFQ) is anticipated to be issued in the October 2022.

Introducing OCA's Northeast Ohio Young Professionals Network

Want to meet other YP’s in the industry? Join us June 21 for OCA’s YPN event at Top Golf

OCA is piloting a YPN in Northeast Ohio and all are welcome to join us for this event! Our goal is to provide young professionals within OCA member companies an opportunity to network and build their peer group.

The Northeast OCA YPN committee members are: Co-chairs Jackie Guttman and Alex Licitri (both of The Ruhlin Co.), Michael Baumgarter (Hylant), Joe Buchtinec (Shelly & Sands), Brian Mozena (Overmyer Hall Associates) and Andrew Taylor (The Shelly Company).

The group will kick-off with an evening at Top Golf on Tuesday, June 21 from 4-7 p.m. We encourage you to bring a group of young professionals from your company for socializing and some friendly competition. This is also a great event to invite your co-ops to so they may be introduced to the association.

For details about this event or to register, click here. Any questions about the OCA YPN, please feel free to contact Dave Rule or Melanie Kitchen at OCA, 614-488-0724 or email [email protected], [email protected].

Please help us build the OCA YPN! If you would like to receive OCA Northeast Ohio YPN invitations in the future, Click here to subscribe. If you have others in your company that would like to receive this information, send David Rule a list of people (name and address) that you would like to add to the OCA YPN invitation list.

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ODOT DBE Goal Methodology Virtual Public Meeting

The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) Division of Opportunity, Diversity, and Inclusion; ODOT’s Office of Transit; and the Ohio Turnpike & Infrastructure Commission to hold a public meeting


• To share information regarding ODOT’s methodology used to determine the proposed Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) goal for the next three fiscal years (2023 – 2025).

• Obtain comments from the public.

• Answer questions regarding the proposed goal.

The Ohio Turnpike will share information regarding their programs and services as well.


Minority, women and general contractor groups, community organizations, DBE firms, heavy highway related construction and engineering firms, transit systems, officials, and organizations with information to share or who are just interested in learning more are invited to attend.


Two meetings will be held virtually on Thursday, June 9, one in the morning from 9-11 a.m. and a second in the afternoon from 1-3 p.m. Please note: Participants only need to attend one of the meetings as the same topics and information will be covered in both.

Learn more and register today at Registration is not required but is highly encouraged.

• Individuals who require interpretation services or a reasonable accommodation to view the material or provide comments are asked to contact Kristina Scales at [email protected] or 614.466.5154, no later than May 26, 2022.

• Questions and comments on ODOT’s DBE goal methodology may be directed to Lynn Stevens, Administrator of ODOT’s Office of Outreach, at 614-644-8436, or by email at [email protected].

City of Cincinnati Invites Contractors to Learn about Western Hills Viaduct Project

The City of Cincinnati invites you to learn about their upcoming bridge construction project that will replace the existing Western Hills Viaduct.

Please visit the following web page to see a video and other background information about the project: You may download and print the one-page highlights and executive summary.

The City intends to publish a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for a Construction Manager at Risk (CMAR) later in the second quarter. They encourage you to schedule a one-on-one virtual meeting with their project team to learn more prior to the release of the RFQ. Contact information is on the web page.

Please contact Ursula Miller if you have any technical issues accessing the web page or the links.

2022 OCA State of the Association Program

Missed out on seeing the program live? No problem we recorded if for you. Click on the picture to the right or the link below to catch up on everything OCA is working on with you and on your behalf. OCA President, Chris Runyan, and OCA Board Chair, Joe Griffin, bookend comments from five OCA program directors sharing highlights from the past year. 

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