BBS Memo Regarding a Moratorium on OBC Storm Shelter Requirement.

BBS MEMO Ohio Board of Building Standards
July 13, 2018
6606 Tussing Road, P.O. Box 4009, Reynoldsburg, Ohio 43068-9009

On June 7, 2018, the Ohio General Assembly adopted House Bill (HB) 21 effective September 28, 2018 which includes new Revised Code (R.C.) § 3781.1010 enacting a moratorium on the building code requirement for schools to have storm shelters until September 15, 2019. The 2017 Ohio Building Code (OBC) adopted by the Board last year and effective November 1, 2017 included new Section 423.4 requiring storm shelters constructed in accordance with ICC 500 in Group E occupancies. New R.C. § 3781.1010 provides:

No rule of the board of building standards for the erection, construction, repair, alteration, and maintenance of buildings adopted under section 3781.10 of the Revised Code shall require the installation of a storm shelter in any school building operated by a public or private school prior to September 15, 2019, or in any such school building undergoing or about to undergo construction, alteration, repair, or maintenance for which financing has been secured prior to that date. Any rule adopted by the board that conflicts with this section shall not be effective with respect to any school building prior to September 15, 2019.

As used in this section, ‘school building,’ ‘public school,’ and ‘private school’ have the same meanings as in section 3781.106 of the Revised Code.

Building departments and school districts should consider the following when evaluating how new R.C. § 3781.1010 may affect proposed school construction project designs and submittals:

  1. Projects submitted before November 1, 2017: Proposed school building designs (new buildings, additions, alterations) submitted to the building department prior November 1, 2017 are subject to the requirements of the code in effect at the time of application. Therefore, OBC § 423.4 does not apply and would not be affected by HB 21.
  2. Projects submitted between November 1, 2017 and September 28, 2018: In R.C. § 3781.1010, the General Assembly prohibited requiring storm shelters in schools until September 15, 2019. Building Officials should consult with their legal counsel regarding whether resubmittal of the project is needed for the moratorium to apply.
  3. Projects submitted on or after September 28, 2018: The moratorium applies; therefore, a storm shelter constructed in accordance with ICC 500 is not required if the project is submitted prior to September 15, 2019. Additionally, if financing has been secured for a project prior to September 15, 2019 the moratorium applies regardless of when the project is submitted. Building Officials should consult with their legal counsel regarding what constitutes the securing of financing for the purposes of R.C. § 3781.1010.

After the expiration of the moratorium on September 15, 2019, a storm shelter constructed in accordance with ICC 500 will be required in Group E occupancies unless one of the above conditions apply, the project falls within a listed exception in OBC § 423.4, a variance is granted, or the project is for an alteration of an existing building and a storm shelter would not otherwise be required under OBC Chapter 34.

AIA Akron + The Akron Rubber Ducks

Join AIA Akron for our summer social with the Akron Rubber Ducks!

Bring your friends, family and potential AIA members and join us on Thursday, August 2nd for a 7:05pm Akron Rubber Ducks game verses Bowie. Included in your ticket is the choice of a hamburger or grilled chicken sandwich, french fries and a 24 oz. drink. The Rubber Ducks will also provide $1.00 Yuengling Lager drafts and fountain sodas!
All AIA members tickets are FREE (with the coupon code aia2018). Tickets for non AIA members are discounted at $17.00 per person.
To receive your free ticket to the Akron Rubber Ducks game on August 2nd and to purchase tickets for your guests, click the button below!
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American Institute of Architects Elevates local architect Chas Schreckenberger, FIFA to the College of Fellows

Akron, Ohio– July 29, 2018 – The 2018 Jury of Fellows from the American Institute of Architects (AIA) elevated AIA member Chas Schreckenberger from AIA Akron to its prestigious College of Fellows, an honor awarded to members who have made significant contributions to the profession. The 2018 Fellows were recently honored at an investiture ceremony at the AIA Conference on Architecture 2018 in New York City.

The Fellowship program was developed to elevate those architects who have made a significant contribution to architecture and society and who have achieved a standard of excellence in the profession. Out of a total AIA membership of over 90,000, fewer than four percent of members are distinguished with the honor of fellowship and honorary fellowship. The elevation to fellowship is conferred on architects with at least 10 years of membership in the AIA in one or more of the following nomination categories:

  1. Promoted the aesthetic, scientific, and practical efficiency of the profession
  2. Advanced the science and art of planning and building by advancing the standards of architectural
  3. education, training and practice
  4. Coordinated the building industry and the profession of architecture through leadership in the AIA
  5. and other related professional organizations
  6. Advanced the living standards of people through an improved environment
  7. Made the profession of ever-increasing service to society

Charles has held offices in the AIA at Local, State and National levels and has served on several local boards including Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens, The Summit County Historical Society, Goodwill Industries of Akron, Weathervane Playhouse, Knights of Columbus, St. Bernard’s Finance Council and serves on the Green Historic Preservation Commission. A graduate of Kent State University, Charles is a Principal at Braun & Steidl Architects, a Studio of Prime AE in Akron, and lives in Green with his wife Kimberley of 37 years.

AIA Akron: Dueling for Schooling

Save The Date!

Thursday, November 1, 2018

On Thursday, November 1, 2018, The American Institute of Architects Akron Chapter will be hosing our annual fundraiser- Dueling for Schooling at The Tangier. This fundraiser directly supports the Chapter’s annual scholarship program and provides educational programs for our AIA members. Yearly, AIA Akron provides scholarships to Kent State University’s College of Architecture and Environmental Design students and over 36 hours of continuing education opportunities for our members and community.
This event will feature Dueling Pianos provided by Dueling Pianos International and include a silent auction, raffles, and a variety of prizes to enable us to continue providing the necessary scholarships and educational opportunities to our local community.
To register for this event, click Register Now or visit


2018 Cleveland Sand Festival

2018 Cleveland Sand Festival

AIA Akron’s Sand Castle

Construction Team Needs You!


Lets goes to the beach! Join AIA Cleveland & Akron at AIA Cleveland’s annual Sand Festival on Saturday, August 4th at Edgewater Beach. This event combines volleyball and sand castle construction to present a unique opportunity for local architects and designers to engage with the public on one of Cleveland’s premier beaches.

AIA Akron will be constructing a sand castle with the best of them, and we need you! If you would like to join the AIA Akron Sand Castle Construction Team, email Jillian R. Tipton, AIA Akron’s Executive Director no later than July 13, 2018.

All are welcome to this family-friendly event, generously hosted by Cleveland Metroparks and co-sponsored by AIA Akron.

Edgewater Beach
Saturday, August 4, 2018

Lunch + Learn: July 11, 2018

AIA & CSI Lunch & Learn (July 11, 2018)

Acoustically Enhanced Gypsum Board
Designed for High STC Wall Assemblies
Presented by Thad Goodman, National Gypsum

Over the years sound transmission in wall partitions has been a difficult issue to resolve. The use of sound resilient metal channels, double stud and staggered stud walls filled with  insulation was the design professional’s choice. As a result of innovation and a better understanding of acoustics, additional products are now available for the design of high STC wall assemblies.
Participants of this course will learn about the different sound resilient assemblies available for the design and construction of high STC wall partitions. We will also discuss fire rated assemblies, area separation walls and other wall partitions that require reduced sound transmission from space to space. At the end of this presentation participants will have a better understanding of conventional construction methods as well as an innovative means of  decreasing sound transmission while increasing valuable square footage.

Registration will close with 20 registrants or 
the Friday before our event, whichever comes first.

Revit Architectural Design Software Summer Online Course- Offered by BGSU Department of Architecture.

Join Stan G. Guidera, Professor, Architect and Autodesk Certified Revit Professional for an 8-week online course focusing on Revit architectural design software on/line. This self-paced course will cover fundamental through intermediate concepts as participants create a 3D model of a commercial office building, then use that model to generate construction and presentation documents.

This course will begin mid-June and is open to the public. If you are interested in joining, contact Stan Guidera at

Lunch + Learn: June 13, 2018

AIA & CSI Lunch & Learn (June 13, 2018)

ADA Access Requirements for Performance Areas
Presented by LIFT-U, a Division of Hogan Manufacturing, Inc.


Wednesday, June 13, 2018.

This presentation will provide an overview of 2010 ADA Standards for Accessible Design and Code requirements regarding universal access and available options for providing stage access in schools, churches, and performing arts centers.
Learning Objectives 
  1. 2010 ADA Standards requirements for performance areas,
  2. Additional regulations to consider,
  3. Important design considerations for providing access to performance areas, and 
  4. How the features, components, and operation methods of the accessibility options fulfill the standards.

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Registration will close with 20 registrants or
the Friday before our event, whichever comes first.