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Public Bidding and Requirements for Design Professionals and Construction

Building Management, Contract and Negotiations and Leadership

Learn more about the processes required by Ohio law specifically for public libraries and what you need to know to make sure your library is following the law when hiring a Design Professional, Contractor, Construction Manager at Risk, or Design-Builder – it’s not just bidding anymore!

Learning Objectives:
  • Understand what the law states regarding selecting an architect and/or engineer.

  • Learn the difference between different construction methodologies.

  • Hear tips for interviewing architects.


Laura Bowman, Partner Bricker & Eckler
Laura Bowman’s practice focuses on the preparation of construction project documents on behalf of private and public owners. Laura provides guidance on project delivery systems, including construction manager at risk and design-build, and creates procurement and bidding documents as well as construction project contracts. Her experience also includes advising public owners on compliance with Ohio statutory requirements relating to construction bidding and procurement. Project values vary from less than $100,000 to over $1 billion.

Laura represents a variety of public and private entities in Ohio. She has worked on agreements for private developers; renovation and new build projects for cities, villages, townships, libraries, counties and port authorities; jail construction and renovation projects; water/wastewater construction projects; and school renovations, including urgent necessity projects.

Wendy Tressler, M.Ed, MLIS, Director of Capital Planning & Project Management, Columbus Metropolitan Library
Throughout the past two decades, Wendy Tressler, M.Ed., MLIS has worked in a variety of leadership roles at Columbus Metropolitan Library (CML). Currently serving as the Director of Capital Planning & Project Management, she leads construction, facilities, technology, and lean/operational excellence projects for the library’s 24-building system. In her role, Tressler leads the library’s nearly $275M aspirational building program that includes the replacement or significant renovation of 18 buildings to date. 

Ms. Tressler is one of only a few women in Ohio leading construction management, and is recognized as an expert in library facilities building planning and project management. Her expertise and consultation has been shared widely; presenting and serving on numerous local, state, regional and national panels for the library, architecture and construction industries. Tressler’s leadership experience includes the Ohio Library Council and American Library Association (ALA). She has also guest lectured at Kent State University- Columbus Campus Master of Library Information Sciences (MLIS) program and Syracuse University Online MLIS program on project management in libraries. Tressler has been a member of ALA’s Core Library Interiors & Furnishings and Equipment committee since 2014 and was appointed Chair of the Building and Operations Section Leadership Team.

More in the Program Series:
Thursday, 7/14/2022
Library Renovations: Considerations and Case Studies
Tuesday, 7/26/2022
Furniture Evaluation and Selection in Public Libraries

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10:00 AM - 12:30 PM Eastern

Online via Zoom

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Who should attend:  Anyone wanting to know more about building projects
Competencies:  Building Management and Leadership

Non-Member Cost:      $55
NEO-RLS Bronze Member:   $40
NEO-RLS Silver Member Cost:  $25
NEO-RLS Gold Member Cost:    FREE
NEO-RLS Individual Membership Cost:  $27.50

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