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CEA Celebrates Centennial, Unveils Guardian Award & Hall of Fame

Sep 29, 2016

Long-Serving Construction Industry Leaders to be Honored at Centennial Gala Oct. 1; CEA Announces $100,000 Donation to Support Mentoring Program

CLEVELAND, September 28, 2016: The Construction Employers Association (CEA) will celebrate 100 years of service to the construction industry at is gala Oct. 1 at the Cleveland Convention Center. Eleven construction industry leaders will also be inducted into CEA’s inaugural class of its Hall of Fame.

The centennial gala, themed “We Built This City,” recognizes CEA members and their contributions to building, construction and community. Over the past 100 years, CEA has strengthened and improved Ohio’s construction industry through education, training, safety and diversity services, as well as being the leading unified voice for the region’s construction industry.

“CEA members have built Cleveland’s most iconic buildings and landmarks with the support of this Association,” said Tim Linville, chief executive officer, Construction Employers Association. “With 100 years of experience and service dedicated to improving the construction industry, CEA has much to celebrate. Today, we honor CEA’s legacy and leadership and look forward to a thriving future.”

Eleven industry professionals will be honored during the centennial gala. These professionals are the first class to be inducted into CEA’s Hall of Fame. They have devoted their time and talent to the industry, our community, and CEA over a significant portion of our first 100 years. Nine contractors will receive CEA's Guardian Award, in the tradition of the Guardians of Transportation – the iconic statues standing watch on Cleveland’s Lorain-Carnegie Bridge. Two past CEA employees will receive CEA’s Distinguished Service Award. 

The 2016 CEA Hall of Fame Class

Guardian Award Recipients

Jim Conant*
Conant Crane Rental Company

Rich DiGeronimo*
Independence Excavating Co.

Terry Donley
Donley’s Construction

Lee Malloy*
Dunlop & Johnston

James Mirgliotta
Forest City Erectors

Ron Simonetti
Cleveland Cement Contractors

Leroy Ozanne
Ozanne Construction Co.

Vince Strazzo
The Great Lakes Construction Co.

Bernie Weir
Norris Brothers Co.


Distinguished Service Awards

Jim Brown
Construction Employers Association

John Porada
Construction Employers Association

Each inductee has dedicated at least twenty years of service to our industry, has been active with CEA for at least 15 years, served at least 15 years on CEA committees, and been a significant contributor towards the stated goals and purposes of the Construction Employers Association.

“We created the Hall of Fame and Guardian Awards to honor leaders who have improved our industry and nurtured CEA through its first century,” said Linville. “Each of these men improved the industry and CEA through service, leadership and mentorship -- which makes each of them a true guardian of our industry.”

As a part of its centennial celebration, CEA donated $100,000 to the Cleveland Foundation to endow a mentoring program for students with an interest in construction, architecture and engineering. The donation will support the ACE Mentor Program in Cleveland, which provides scholarships to high school students. The ACE Mentor Program currently serves more than 170 high school students with project-based STEM learning. Nearly 70 currently enrolled college students are receiving ACE scholarships. In recent years, ACE has provided nearly $450,000 in scholarships.

“Our $100,000 donation is a sign of our commitment to Cleveland students and the future of our field,” said immediate past CEA Board Chairman Don Dreier. “We believe in the power of mentorship and that introducing students to professional and career opportunities will benefit both the students and the construction industry.”

About the Construction Employers Association (CEA)

The Construction Employers Association ( was formed in 1916 with the intent for management to have a unified voice when dealing with the building and construction trade unions. Today, CEA continues to serve Northeast Ohio as an association of associations. With more than 130 regular contractor members and 30 affiliate members, but CEA serves as an umbrella for 14 affiliated associations and nearly 500 contractors in Northeast Ohio. We provide education, safety and diversity services, as well as a leading voice for the construction industry.

Opportunity Corridor Section 2 Workforce & Business Development Kick-Off

Jul 6, 2016

The Great Lakes Construction Company in conjunction with the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) will be hosting a kick-off event for section 2 of the Opportunity Corridor project. The July 14 event, which is free, will take place from 5:00-7:30pm at Cleveland’s historic Karamu House, Montrie Rucker Adams of Visibility Marketing reports. Participants will be able to:

  • Identify future entrepreneurship opportunities.
  • Access job/career opportunities in the construction industry.
  • Network with industry experts and professionals in the transportation sector.

All organizations exist to make people’s lives better... By way of this project, ODOT and our Design-Build partners are working together to create sustainable employment opportunities.” -Jerry Wray, Ohio Dept. of Transportation Director

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Ohio Department of Transportation Receives Harry H. Mellon Award of Excellence in Job Order Contracting

Jun 18, 2015

Price Builders Press Release

GREENVILLE, S.C.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-The Ohio Department of Transportation received The Harry H. Mellon Award of Excellence in Job Order Contracting for 2014 for emergency repairs to the roof of its District 4 headquarters bui!ding in Akron, OH. ODOT and Price Builders & Developers, Inc ., the general contractor on the project, were honored for innovative use of Gordian ezIQC®, a Ieading indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity construction procurement system.

Within two hours of being notified of the roof structure's failure, the contractor assembled a team of licensed engineers and contractors and began analyzing the problem . The bottom chord, or lowest Iateral support in the structure of the roof trusses, had failed. The failure meant the roof could collapse onto floors below if it was not stabilized immediately and then repIaced.

As ODOT workers were evacuated from the building's second floor, engineers and contractors determined how to temporarily shore up the bottom of the trusses. That work in part required removal of office furniture and the ceiling grid. Shoring posts and scaffolding were installed to transfer the weight of !he roof trusses to the building's structure.

Once Price Builders & Developers secured the building for use, the contractor worked wilh engineers to determine how to replace the entire roof truss system . Work to replace the roof truss system in sections began in the winter of 2014 and included a $1.4-million interior remodel, as well. The remodel allowed the building to be occupied by ODOT personnel.

The ezIQC system allowed ODOT to secure qualified, local contractors in a fast-paced manner, while following state procurement laws and revised codes. It also ensured unit prices were firm.

The annual industry award program recognizes excellent and innovative uses of Job Order Contracting (JOC). Judging for the annual awards program was conducted by project managers, contractors and consultants who are considered experts in JOC. Previous winners were judges as well.

The Harry H. Mellon Award of Excellence in Job Order Contracting  program was established in 2008 and is awarded annually. It recognizes excellence in using Job Order Contracting principles and practices while identifying unique and innovative ways the process can function in construction, repair and renovation work. It is sponsored by The Gordian Group. Through its founder, JOC inventor Harry H. Mellon, the company created Job Order Contractmg ezIQC, and a number of related construction-procurement systems.

Job Order Contractmg is a competitively bid procurement process that building and infrastructure owners use to save money by fast-tracking repair and alteration projects based on locally priced construction tasks and competitively awarded contracts.