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Ohio Department of Transportation    News Release
District 1    Kirk Slusher, P.E., District Deputy Director
1885 North McCullough St. • Lima, Ohio 45801
ODOT District 1 recognized for project partnering
Mosser Construction, Miller Brothers served as contractors on successful projects
LIMA (Tuesday, May 19, 2015) The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) District 1 was awarded a Don Conaway Partnering Award for two projects completed last year.

The awards were presented to district representatives at the recent Don Conaway Conference held in Columbus.
The district was recognized in two categories; a project totaling $5 million and under in cost, and another totaling $5-20 million in cost.
The district was recognized for a campus redevelopment project where ODOT partnered with Mosser Construction, Fremont, to construct two equipment storage buildings at ODOT District 1’s central location on McCullough Street, Lima. The buildings consolidated operations formerly housed in aging facilities at a separate location and brought them into a district campus.
The project also included interior reconfiguration of the district headquarters and main district garage to accommodate the addition of relocated employees.
The district was also recognized for the Interstate 75 and U.S. 224 interchange reconstruction, Findlay, where ODOT partnered with Miller Brothers Construction, Inc., Archbold.
The Don Conaway Partnering Award was established three years ago as an award to recognize ODOT districts which showed exemplary partnership with a construction group during the previous calendar year.
“This was our first time applying for the partnering award,” said Kirk Slusher, ODOT District 1 deputy director. “We felt both of these projects could be more successful if the partnering philosophy was closely followed and we’re happy to be recognized for that effort,” he said.
Any project placed out for contractor bid by ODOT is eligible for the awards. Projects must be nominated mutually by the prime contractor on the project as well as the respective ODOT district. Other criteria used in selection include things such as establishment and achievement of goals, management of stakeholder relationships, subcontractor involvement and demonstration of partnering values.

The award recognizes how ODOT and the contractor demonstrated partnership and how it was used to build a successful project.
“Awards like this do not come your way unless you have quality people overseeing projects,” said Darren Schimmoeller, district construction engineer. “This award means a great deal to us because it recognizes the efforts by our engineering and inspection staff in effectively managing projects,” he said.
“To win this award you have to have a proactive effort” said Chris Hughes, ODOT project engineer who oversaw the construction of both projects. “We had specific partnering sessions with ODOT, contractors, subcontractors and other entities involved,” he said.
Hughes said District 1 took a project-first approach to both of these construction projects.  By taking this approach, both ODOT and the contractors focused first on what was best for the project rather than what was best for each separate entity. This, along with partnering meetings that discussed chain of command, everyone’s role in the project and other issues around the project, are what made the partnership between ODOT and its contractors a success.
“These contractors were fantastic,” said Hughes. “Bottom line is it takes everyone on the same page and effective communication to succeed. Both entities have to want to partner to make it successful.”
Ohio’s highways are essential to keeping and creating new jobs. With a mission to provide easy movement of people and goods from place to place, the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) is responsible for maintaining one of the largest transportation networks in the nation. Guided by ethical principles and accountability, ODOT works to improve safety, enhance travel and advance economic development. As a $2.8 billion enterprise, the department wisely invests in its core services of snow and ice removal, annual construction program and highway maintenance operations.
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Rhonda Pees, Public Information Officer, at (419) 999-6803
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