September 10, 2012 (COLUMBUS) The newly-formed Ohio Facilities Construction Commission (OFCC) began operations on Monday, September 10, 2012, with an organizational meeting held at the Ohio Statehouse. The commission, which merges the operations of the State Architect’s Office and the Ohio School Facilities Commission, will be responsible for guiding capital projects for state agencies, state-supported universities and community colleges, including Ohio’s comprehensive public K-12 school construction and renovation program.
The OFCC consists of three members – Tim Keen, Director of Budget and Management, who will serve as commission chair; Bob Blair, Director of the Department of Administrative Services, who will serve as commission vice chair; and Gary Mohr, Director of the Department of Rehabilitation and Correction. Richard M. Hickman was named as Executive Director of the new Commission.
According to Director Keen, the OFCC will bring consistency to the construction of public facilities and to the continuing implementation of new construction management models approved by the General Assembly in 2011. “One of the concerns we have heard consistently from the construction industry is that in order to reap the benefits of the new alternative construction delivery methods, the state needs to make certain that they are implemented in a consistent manner across all agencies,” Keen stated. “The consolidation of the two agencies primarily responsible for public facilities construction in Ohio will make that happen. It will also mean additional administrative efficiencies and cost savings at the state level by bringing the two highly-effective staffs under one roof.”
Under resolutions adopted by the new commission, the OFCC will be responsible for construction delivery methods, construction documents, and process and procedures and will approve, award and administer design, construction and other specialty contracts. The Ohio School Facilities Commission will continue to exist within the new consolidated agency, with a focus on programmatic issues related to funding K-12 construction projects
Established in 1997, the Commission is responsible for administration of the state’s school construction and renovation program. The Commission is currently working with, or has completed all necessary work in, nearly two-thirds of the state’s 613 school districts.
On September 10, 2012, the Commission was consolidated with the Office of the State Architect to form the Ohio Facilities Construction Commission. The Ohio School Facilities Commission continues to exist as a separate commission within the new agency, focusing on funding Ohio’s comprehensive K-12 school construction program.