On June 30, 2011, Governor Kasich signed House Bill 153 which included the first changes in the state’s method of performing public construction in over 134 years. These changes, collectively known as Ohio Construction Reform or OCR, will substantially alter how public improvement projects are completed and will allow for the use of alternative construction delivery methods.
Ohio Construction Reform retains the current multiple-prime design-bid-build project delivery method, but gives public owners a number of other project delivery options that are:
- have less risk
- more flexible
- lower cost
Once Ohio Construction Reform goes into effect, these new delivery methods can be used by state agencies, colleges/universities, counties, townships, municipal corporations, school districts, or other political subdivisions. These changes don’t impact the Ohio Turnpike or ODOT’s road construction.
Alternative Project Delivery Methods:
- Retains multiple-prime design-bid-build project delivery
- Removes limitations on single-prime design-bid-build project delivery - general contracting
- Allows design-build (D-B) project delivery -a single entity assumes risk for final design and construction of facility including cost overruns
- Retains construction manager (CM) as agent delivery - the CM acts as owner's representative
- Allows construction manager at risk (CMR) delivery - the CM holds subcontracts and assumes risk for cost overruns
- Allows for open-book Guaranteed Maximum Price, design-assist, and subcontractor prequalification within design-build and CM at risk delivery methods
Check this website frequently for updates on Ohio Construction Reform.