BIM Protocol

The Ohio Facilities Construction Commission has developed a protocol for the implementation of Building Information Modeling (BIM) techniques and systems on capital improvement projects.

According to the National Institute of Building Sciences, BIM is defined as a digital representation of physical and functional characteristics of a facility. A BIM is a shared knowledge resource for information about a facility forming a reliable basis for decisions during its life-cycle; defined as existing from earliest conception to demolition.

The State of Ohio BIM Protocol is designed to serve as a guide for consistent model development and management across state agencies and institutions of higher education, facilitating owners that may or may not have their own BIM standards in place and wish to have projects completed through BIM implementation.

The State of Ohio BIM Protocol is a living document and will continually be reviewed for applicability with current methods and technology.

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The OFC Manual

The Ohio Facilities Construction Manual outlines the procedures used by the Commission to manage state agency and state-supported university and community college capital projects. It also details standard office procedures associated with the day-to-day operation of the Commission.

Each section of the Manual describes the current practices and procedures required to undertake and successfully complete capital projects for Ohio agencies.

The Manual is subdivided into sections, which are numbered and titled to correspond to the coding system, which the Commission uses to identify project activities for naming and filing of documents.

In addition, guidance and instructions for processes using OAKS Capital Improvements (OAKS CI), the state's web-based project management system, are included in each section side-by-side with the traditional paper processes.

OFC Manual

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Construction Project Signage specifications have been recently updated. Please use the specifications in the document below.

Project Signage

Resource Guide

Resource Guide 2018

School Storm Shelter Report

In July 2019, state law directed the Ohio Facilities Construction Commission to conduct a study to evaluate and make recommendations regarding appropriate requirements for storm shelters for Ohio school buildings. The Commission conducted this study in consultation with stakeholders, including school district officials, and submitted  a report of its findings to the General Assembly.

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HVAC and Plumbing Industry Guidelines for Ohio Schools

As school buildings are prepared for reopening, facility staff and administrators may be seeking guidance on actions that should be taken to ensure a safe, healthy environment for occupants. 

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