State Architects of Ohio
The Office of the State Architect and Engineer, also known in recent years informally as the State Architect's Office (SAO), is created by Section 121.04 of the Ohio Revised Code. SAO has a time honored tradition of public service in the design and construction of public projects. The history of Ohio Public Works can be traced to shortly after the state was admitted to the Union in 1803, making it one of the older entities in state government. The manager of this office is generally an Ohio registered architect.
The official mission of the State Architect's Office is "to effectively and efficiently lead capital planning, design, and construction of public facilities through quality service, expertise, and knowledge sharing."
- 1 History
- 2 List of architects
- 2.1 Robert S. Harsh
- 2.2 Herbert B. Briggs
- 2.3 T. Ralph Ridley
- 2.4 John P. Schooley
- 2.5 Robert B. Schildknecht
- 2.6 Thomas E. Brand
- 2.7 Floyd F. Glass
- 2.8 H. G. Allen
- 2.9 Carl E. Bentz
- 2.10 Don Welsch
- 2.11 George Hodge
- 2.12 Lee Martin
- 2.13 Carole Olshavsky
- 2.14 Jack Frost
- 2.15 Joe Busch
- 2.16 Randy Fischer
- 2.17 Roger Booker
- 2.18 Craig Weise
- 2.19 Lane J. Beougher
- 3 See also
- 4 References
- 5 External links
Public Works was originally a Board formed for the purpose of building and maintaining Ohio's canal transportation system. Created in 1921, the Office of the State Architect and Engineer was originally established in the Department of Highways and Public Works, located in the Ohio-Hartman Building, formerly the Hartman Hotel, at 275 South Fourth Street. It was listed as the Division of Public Lands and Buildings in the 1923 Columbus City Directory. In 1927, the Department was split between Highways and Public Works. In 1930, the office was listed as the Division of Architects and Engineers in the Department of Public Works, and in 1933 moved to the new Departments of State Building, now the Ohio Judicial Center, at 65 South Front Street.
In 1974, Public Works was "demoted" to a Division when the departments of Finance, State Personnel, and Public Works were reorganized into the Department of Administrative Services (DAS) and the Office of Budget and Management, and moved to the new State Office Tower, subsequently named for Governor James A. Rhodes, at 30 East Broad Street. It became an office in the General Services Division (GSD) of DAS in 1995, and the office moved to the General Services Center at 4200 Surface Road. After being located downtown since its inception, the office moved to the West side of Columbus just inside the I-270 outerbelt. For a short period of time in the late 1990s, it was known as the Office of Construction Management.
Prior to the establishment of the Office of the State Architect and Engineer in 1921, the individual state Boards engaged outside architects and contractors to serve their construction needs on an ad hoc basis. Consolidation of authority in one agency allowed for consistency of policy and procedure, as well as standardized contracts and conditions. The Administrative Act of 1921 provided an architectural expert employed by the state, which allowed centralized planning and administration. In 1921, the only agency exempt from central administration was the Adjutant General. Over the years, this authority has eroded significantly, and the institutions of higher education have had varying degrees of interaction with the office.
On April 25, 2012, the Ohio House passed House Bill 487, the Governor's Mid-Biennium Budget Review Bill. On May 16, it was approved by the Senate. The House moved it to a Conference Committee on May 17, 2012. House Bill 487 will merge the State Architect's Office with the Ohio School Facilities Commission to form the Ohio Facilities Construction Commission. Ninety-one days after the Governor's signature, the State Architect's Office will no longer exist.
List of architects
This section lists the known State Architects for the State of Ohio since the office was established by the Administrative Act of 1921.
Robert S. Harsh
Col. Robert Stemple Harsh, AIA, of Worthington, Ohio, served as State Architect and Engineer from July 1921 to January 1924 during the administration of Governors Harry L. Davis (1921–1923) and A. Victor Donahey (1923–1929). Mr. Harsh was born on March 28, 1888 in Coshocton, Ohio, and graduated from South High School in Cleveland in June 1906. He was graduated from the Ohio State University in June 1911 with a Civil Engineering in Architecture Degree.
Robert Stemple Harsh was elected a member of the American Institute of Architects and its Columbus Chapter in 1942, and remained a member until 1948. Mr. Harsh was also a member of the American Legion, the Reserve Officers Association, and a 32nd Degree Mason. He died on November 24, 1952.
Herbert B. Briggs
Herbert Bruce Briggs, AIA, of Cleveland, Ohio, served as State Architect and Engineer from January 1, 1924 to July 10, 1929 during the administration of Governor A. Victor Donahey (1923–1929). Mr. Briggs was born at Sharon Center in Medina County, Ohio, and attended high school at Sharon High School and Buchtel Preparatory School in Akron, Ohio, graduating in June 1885. He was graduated from Buchtel College, now the University of Akron, with a Bachelor of Science in June 1889.
Herbert B. Briggs was elected a member of the American Institute of Architects and its Cleveland Chapter in 1912, and remained a member until 1931. He served as president of the Cleveland Chapter, and as secretary and president of the Ohio State Association of Architects. Mr. Briggs died in November 1936.
Mr. Briggs designed a number of significant public buildings during his tenure as State Architect including the original BGSU Library Building dedicated on November 19, 1927, now known as McFall Hall, at Bowling Green State University. 
T. Ralph Ridley
Thomas Ralph Ridley served as State Architect and Engineer from July 10, 1929 to October 1, 1931, in the administration of Governor Myers Y. Cooper (1929–1931). He was born on September 2, 1883 at Bury St. Edmonds, Suffolk, England, and attended private school from 1895 through 1898. He attended Prince Albert Memorial College in Suffolk from September 4, 1899 to May 20, 1901. Afterward, he was the pupil of John S. Corder, Architect, at Ipswitch from August 1, 1902 through July 31, 1904, at which time he received his Articles of Qualification (to practice architecture). He also spent two years as a pupil in the Borough Surveyor's Office at Bury St. Edmonds on building inspection, sewage disposal, and road construction.
John P. Schooley
John Palmer Schooley, Sr., AIA, of Zanesville, Ohio, served as State Architect & Engineer from October 1, 1931 to 1940 in the administrations of Governors George White (1931–1935), Martin L. Davey (1935–1939), and John W. Bricker (1939–1945). Mr. Schooley was born in Zanesville, Ohio, on May 28, 1899, and attended Lash High School and from September 1, 1914 to May 20, 1918, and graduated in June of that year. He attended the course in architecture at Kenyon College from January 1919 to June 1920. Mr. Schooley then attended Ohio State University from September 20, 1920 through June 15, 1923 and was graduated with a Bachelor of Architectural Engineering.
John P. Schooley, Sr., was a member of the American Institute of Architects from 1942 until his death on July 28, 1966. He was also a member of the Southern Ohio Engineering League.
Robert B. Schildknecht
Robert Brainerd Schildknecht, AIA, of Cincinnati served as State Architect & Engineer circa 1940 to 1942 in the administration of Governor John W. Bricker (1939–1945). Mr. Shildknecht was born on April 8, 1906 in Cincinnati, Ohio, and attended Hughes High School from September 13, 1920 through June 20, 1924, and graduated on June 13, 1924. He attended the Architecture program at Massachusetts Institute of Technology from October 4, 1920 through June 10, 1930, and was graduated with a Bachelor of Science on June 10, 1930.
Robert Brainerd Shildknecht was a member of the American Institute of Architects and its Cincinnati Chapter from 1941 to 1963. As State Architect, he designed the State Health Laboratory at The Ohio State University in 1940. He died on March 24, 1977.
Thomas E. Brand
Thomas Earl Brand, AIA, of Bexley, Ohio, served as State Architect and Engineer circa 1943 to 1944 in the administration of Governor John W. Bricker (1939–1945). Mr. Brand was born on January 13, 1895 in Portsmouth, Ohio, and attended Portsmouth High School from September 1908 through June 1912, when he graduated. He attended Ohio State University from February 9, 1915 through June 1918, and was graduated with a Bachelor of Architecture.
On October 29, 1923, he began service to the Office of the State Architect and Engineer as designer, field superintendent, estimator, and specification writer. After leaving state service, he was a partner with the father and son team of Charles L. Inscho and C. Curtiss Inscho at the frim of Inscho, Brand & Inscho in Columbus.
Thomas Earl Brand was a member of the American Institute of Architects from 1942 until his death on December 17, 1950. He served as vice president of the Columbus Chapter of the American Institute of Architects from 1944 to 1945.
Floyd F. Glass
Floyd Fellows Glass, AIA, of Upper Arlington, Ohio, served as Consulting Architect circa 1947 to 1948 in the administration of Governor Thomas J. Herbert (1947–1949).
Mr. Glass was born on June 24, 1892 in Flushing, Ohio, and graduated from Flushing High School in May 1911. In 1919 he formed a partnership with architect Edwin W. Glass and they were working together until at least 1921.  He attended Ohio State University. Floyd Fellows Glass was a member of the American Institute of Architects and its Columbus Chapter from 1944 to 1960.
H. G. Allen
Harry Gillium Allen, AIA, (1889- ) of Columbus, Ohio, served as Consulting State Architect circa 1948 to 1958 in the administrations of Governors Frank J. Lausche (1949–1957) and C. William O'Neill (1957–1959).
Harry Gillium Allen was a member of the American Institute of Architects from 1949 to 1959. In the 1956 American Architects Directory, he lists his present occupation as "Con. State Archt. & Eng., State of Ohio."
Carl E. Bentz
Major Carl Ellsworth Bentz, FAIA, of Columbus, Ohio, served as State Architect from February 15, 1958 to January 1978 during the administrations of Governors C. William O'Neill (1957–1959), Michael V. DiSalle (1959–1963), Jim Rhodes (1963–1971), John J. Gilligan (1971–1975), and the second administration of James Rhodes (1975–1983).
Mr. Bentz was born January 8, 1911 in Columbus, Ohio, and graduated from West High School, Class of 1929. Attended Ohio State University School of Architecture with an additional major in fine arts; a recipient of Honorary in Tau Sigma Delta, Architecture and Allied Arts; second-place award Ryerson Scholarship; scholarship award to Columbia University of Masters Degree, which he refused. Upon graduation in 1935 he was awarded The American Institute of Architects Medal for Student Excellence.
During World War II, he became Associate Architect to the firm of Jennings and Lawrence Engineers on the design and construction of the Ravenna Ordnance Depot at Ravenna, Ohio, in 1940. He entered the Army Corps of Engineers as 1st Lieutenant and Port Engineer at Ravenna in 1942, then as Captain was reassigned to Erie Proving Ground as Post Engineer until September 24, 1946, at which time he was awarded The Commendation Medal as a Major, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. After the war, he returned to Columbus in 1946 to become a partner in the firm of Tibbals-Crumley-Musson, Architects.
Mr. Bentz was elected to membership in the American Institute of Architects and its Columbus Chapter on June 6, 1942. He was elevated to Fellowship in 1968 for Public Service. He became a Member Emeritus on May 11, 1978, and remained so until his death on May 6, 1997. He received the Cornerstone Award in 1971 from the Builder’s Exchange of Central Ohio and the AIA Ohio Gold Medal in 1978. He was also a 50-year member of West Gate Lodge 623 F&AM, member of Columbus Maennerchor, Alpha Rho Chi Professional Fraternity, and Tau Sigma Delta -honorary in architecture and the allied arts.
Mr. Bentz designed and supervised the design of a number of significant public buildings during his 20-year tenure as State Architect including William T. Jerome Library at Bowling Green State University; Library, Ohio University; the Ohio Historical Center, ODOT (now Department of Education) Building at 25 South Front Street, BES (now Department of Job & Family Services) Building at 145 South Front Street, and the State Underground Parking Garage beneath the lawn at the Statehouse, all in Columbus.
Arnold C. Kendall served as Acting State Architect and Engineer from April 11, 1981 to April 17, 1981 Ohio License ARC.5702690 was issued to Charles Arnold Kendall on January 21, 1957. This license expired in 1993.
George K. Hodge, AIA, served as State Architect and Engineer from April 1981 to February 1983 during the administration of Governor James Rhodes (1975–1983).
George K. Hodge was a member of the American Institute of Architects in 1977.
Lee Martin, AIA, served as State Architect and Engineer from February 1983 to January 5, 1985 during the administration of Governor Richard F. Celeste (1983–1991).
Mr. Martin was elected president of AIA Columbus for 1992 but did not complete his term.
Don Pitton, AIA, served as Acting State Architect from January 18, 1985 to April 22, 1985 Ohio License ARC.5302171 was issued to Donald A. Pitton on June 30, 1953. This license expired in 1989. Donald Albert Pitton was a member of the American Institute of Architects from 1965 to 1974.
Carole Jane Olshavsky, FAIA, served as State Architect from April 22, 1985 to February 15, 1989 during the administration of Governor Richard F. Celeste (1983–1991). She was promoted to Deputy Director of the Public Works Division in February 1989.
Ms. Olshavsky was president of AIA Ohio in 1985, and was elevated to Fellowship in the American Institute of Architects in 1988. She served as chair of the AIA Public Architects Committee in 1989 and received the AIA Ohio Gold Medal in 1993. Her service to the AIA College of Fellows includes Bursar from 2005 to 2006, Vice-Chancellor in 2007, and Chancellor in 2008.
Tom Poulton, AIA, served as Acting State Architect from February 15, 1989 to June 15, 1989.
Joseph F. Busch, AIA, served as State Architect from July 15, 1991 to March 28, 1994 during the administration of Governor George V. Voinovich (1991–1998).
Fred W. Forbes, AIA, served as Acting State Architect while Deputy Director, Division of Public Works from March 1994 to October 1994.
Steve Lutz served as Acting State Architect from October 1994 to January 9, 1995.
Randall A. Fischer, AIA, served as State Architect from January 10, 1995 to June 1997 during the administration of Governor George V. Voinovich (1991–1998). He was subsequently appointed the first Executive Director of the Ohio School Facilities Commission.
Steve Lutz served as Acting State Architect from June 1997 to December 1998.
Howard W. Geisler, CDT, served as Acting State Architect from December 1998 to September 29, 2000.
Roger Byron Booker, AIA, CSI, served as State Architect from October 1, 2000 to February 23, 2007 during the administration of Governor Bob Taft (1999–2007).
Tom Poulton, AIA, served as Acting State Architect from February 24, 2007 to September 30, 2007
Craig Alan Weise, AIA, CCM, PMP, LEED AP, served as State Architect from October 1, 2007 to January 7, 2011, during the administration of Governor Ted Strickland (2007-2011).
He was president of the Northern Ohio Chapter of the Construction Management Association of America in 2006.
Lane J. Beougher
Lane Joseph Beougher, AIA, FCSI, LEED AP BD+C, served as Interim State Architect from February 13, 2011 until June 5, 2011, when he was appointed State Architect, during the administration of Governor John R. Kasich (2011- ). Mr. Beougher was chair of the AIA Public Architects Committee in 2012, served on the Board of Directors of AIA Columbus from 2003 to 2009 and was chapter president in 2008. He was elevated to fellowship in the Construction Specifications Institute in June 2009, and was founding vice chair of the Central Ohio Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council.
- House Bill 249, Section 154-6, passed April 19, 1921.
- Amended Senate Bill 174 of the 110th General Assembly, effective December 4, 1973.
- Biographical Dictionary of American Architects (Deceased), Henry F. Withey, AIA and Elsie Rathburn Withey, Hennessey & Ingalls, Los Angeles, Copyright 1956, Facsimile Edition 1970, page 75, "In 1923 (Herbert B. Briggs) was appointed Ohio State Architect, succeeding Robert E. Marsh.(sic)"
- Ohio Architects Board Files
- Registration Application on file with the Ohio Board of Examiners
- List of State Architects provided by Lana Salyers, SAO Project Coordinator.
- E-mail from Robert D. Loversidge, Jr., FAIA of Schooley Caldwell Associates, formerly Sims, Cornelius & Schooley, a partnership founded in 1944; sent June 14, 2006
- The State of Ohio Official Roster Federal, State, County Officials and Departmental Information, 1935, Secretary of State, page 306
- The State of Ohio Official Roster Federal, State, County Officials and Departmental Information, Secretary of State, 1939-1940, page 362
- Schooley Architecture Library Endowment Fund: Established in 2003 by the Schooley Family in honor of John P. Schooley, Sr. (B Arch Eng 1923), John P. Schooley, Jr. (B Arch 1951), and Palmer B. Schooley (BS Arch 1982) to support the collection, staff, and technology needs of the Knowlton School Library.(source: http://knowlton.osu.edu/ksa-new/_newversion/index5.asp?show=overview)
- The State of Ohio Official Roster Federal, State, County Officials and Departmental Information, Secretary of State, 1941-1942, page 457
- The State of Ohio Official Roster Federal, State, County Officials and Departmental Information, Secretary of State, 1943-1944, page 450
- Annual Reports of the Columbus Chapter, AIA, 1944 and 1945
- American Architect and Architecture, Vol. 115, page 725
- The State of Ohio Official Roster Federal, State, County Officials and Departmental Information, Secretary of State, 1947-1948, page 500
- The State of Ohio Official Roster Federal, State, County Officials and Departmental Information, Secretary of State, 1949-1950, page 349
- The State of Ohio Official Roster Federal, State, County Officials and Departmental Information, Secretary of State, 1957-1958, page 447
- The State of Ohio Official Roster Federal, State, County Officials and Departmental Information, Secretary of State, 1959-1960, page 525
- The State of Ohio Official Roster Federal, State, County Officials and Departmental Information, Secretary of State, 1975-1976, page 248
- Obituary of Carl Ellsworth Bentz, The Columbus Dispatch, May 9, 1997, page 03D
- Robert Livesey, Director of the Knowlton School of Architecture, announced two scholarship funds. A $25,000 scholarship fund was established anonymously in the name of the late Carl Bentz, a 1935 graduate of the School of Architecture at Ohio State. He served as State Architect and Engineer for Ohio from February 1958 until his retirement in January 1978. Bentz was responsible for construction on all state projects. Among his many buildings are facilities on the campuses of Ohio State, Miami University, Ohio University, Kent State University, and Bowling Green State University. Upon retirement, Bentz was awarded the (1978 AIA Ohio) Gold Medal by the American Institute of Architects. The proceeds of the $25,000 scholarship will be given annually to an architecture student whom the faculty deems representative of the Knowlton School of Architecture and whose desire and pursuit of great architecture reflects that of Bentz. (source: http://engineering.osu.edu/news/coe_news/nie/nie701/701_developments.html)
- The Carl E. Bentz Architectural Scholarship Fund/The Carl E. Bentz Architectural Scholarship Fund was established July 10, 1998, in accordance with the guidelines approved by the Board of Directors of The Ohio State University Foundation, with a $25,000 gift from an anonymous donor./All gifts are to be invested by the Foundation, under the rules and regulations adopted by the Foundation’s Board of Directors, with the right to invest and reinvest as occasion dictates./The annual income shall be used to support a scholarship in the Knowlton School of Architecture in the name of Mr. Carl E. Bentz, former State Architecture and Engineer for the State of Ohio. Mr. Bentz, a 1935 graduate of the School of Architecture at The Ohio State University, is known as the most prolific architect in the state’s history. Among his many projects were facilities on the campuses of The Ohio State University, Miami University, Ohio University, Kent State University, and Bowling Green State University./The proceeds of the $25,000 scholarship will be given annually to a young man or woman whom the faculty deems best representative of the Knowlton School of Architecture and the desire and pursuit of great architecture which epitomized the work of Mr. Carl E. Bentz. Recipients shall be selected in consultation with the University Committee on Student Financial Aid./It is the desire of the donor that this fund should benefit the University in perpetuity. If the need for this fund should cease to exist or so diminish as to provide unused income, then another use shall be designated by the Foundation Board in consultation with the appropriate college dean, school director, department chairperson, or program administrative officer in order to carry out the desire of the donor. (source: http://trustees.osu.edu/Minutes/1998July.html)
- In Memoriam...Donald G. Welsch (sic), Ohio University BSAE ’49, New Albany, Ohio, June 16  (source: http://www.ohiou.edu/ohiotoday/winter01/departments/memoriam/index.html)
- Announcement, Capital Improvements Bulletin – Issue No. 8805, December 14, 1988, Ohio Department of Administrative Services/Effective November 14, 1988, William J. Flarherty, Director of the Department of Administrative Services, announced the appointment of Carole J. Olshavsky, FAIA as the new Deputy Director for the Division of Public Works. Until the selection of a new State Architect, Carole Olshavsky will serve in an acting capacity.
- School district picks new facilities chief, Business First of Columbus - April 1, 2003 - by Jeff Bell/Former state architect Carole Olshavsky was expected to be hired as senior executive of the Columbus Public Schools’ facilities capital improvement program at Tuesday afternoon’s school board meeting./Olshavsky, a principal in the Columbus office of Braun & Steidl Architects, will oversee the district’s $520 million school construction program, said Columbus Public Schools Superintendent Gene Harris./She was recommended for the position by Harris and the Neighborhood Schools Development Partnership, a community oversight committee for the construction program./“She will be the person who will drive our building program,” Harris said at a press conference Tuesday. “We believe her skills, abilities and experience best suit her to take on the big challenge that lies before us.”/The district is designing the first wave of new school buildings that will be constructed through 2008. By then, the district will have built or renovated 38 schools and completed 51 urgent building repair projects./“It’s a great challenge and incredible opportunity to do some high quality schools for the community,” Olshavsky said./In her new job, Olshavsky will work with architects and engineers designing the buildings, oversee the awarding of construction contracts, work with construction managers and lead outreach efforts to community groups./Olshavsky will begin work April 28./She will assume part of the duties of Don Haydon, who resigned last October as the district’s chief operating officer for facilities. He left for an administrative position with Wake County Public Schools in Raleigh, N.C./Olshavsky was state architect from 1985-88. In that job, she said typically oversaw $1.5 billion in ongoing construction projects, with as many as 500 going on at one time. She moved from that position to deputy director of the Ohio Division of Public Works in 1988. She held that job until 1991, when she began a two-year stint as an architectural consultant to public agencies and private institutions./Olshavsky joined Braun & Steidl in 1993 to develop its Columbus office./Her work since then has included serving as a consultant to the Ohio School Facilities Commission and chairing a committee that reviewed documents for the Akron Public Schools building program.In addition, Olshavsky worked with Columbus schools on several renovation projects and the Columbus Landmarks Foundations on its Columbus historic schools initiative./She is a Columbus native and graduate of Upper Arlington High School. (source: http://boston.bizjournals.com/columbus/stories/2003/03/31/daily17.html?t=printable)
- Announcement, Capital Improvements Bulletin – Issue No. 8806, May 4, 1989, Ohio Department of Administrative Services, Effective February 15, 1989, Carole J. Olshavsky, Deputy Director of the Division of Public Works, announced the appointment of Thomas R. Poulton, as the Acting State Architect for the Division of Public Works.
- Announcement, Capital Improvements Bulletin – Issue No. 8807, August 7, 1989, Ohio Department of Administrative Services/Effective June 5, 1989, Carole J. Olshavsky, Deputy Director of the Division of Public Works, announced the appointment of Jack F. Frost, as State Architect. Mr. Frost was Chief of the Plan Examination Section at the Division of Factory and Building Inspection, Department of Industrial Relations.
- State architect resigns amid turmoil in agency, Business First of Columbus, - April 4, 1994 - by Carolyn Hirschman/Busch resigned his post effective March 28, said Gretchen Hull, a spokeswoman for the Department of Administrative Services (DAS), which includes Public Works...He had been state architect since July 1991. (source: clipping)
- State architect resigns amid turmoil in agency, Business First (Columbus), - April 4, 1994 - by Carolyn Hirschman/For now, Forbes will run the State Architect’s Office, handling contracts and the upcoming state capital improvements bill. DAS Assistant Director Pete Langhorne will oversee Public Works’ administration at least through the November election. (source: clipping)
- State Architect Roger B. Booker, AIA, joined the State Architect's Office (SAO) on October 1, 2000./His more than 30 years of experience is diverse geographically, as well as in the type, size and scope of projects. Such work includes a wide range of government facilities, as well as hospitals, mountain resorts, office buildings, performing arts theatres, urban design and planning, custom residences, a high-rise tower in Saudi Arabia and very low cost housing for a third world country. Roger is responsible for the activities of the State Architect's Office including facility planning and programming, design and construction administration, and personnel management. With a staff of more than 30 people, the SAO oversees the design and construction of approximately $500 million in capital improvements across the state of Ohio each year with over 300 Active Design and construction contracts./Roger holds a bachelor of architecture degree, with honors, from the University of Tennessee. An active member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) throughout his professional career, he served as national chairman of the AIA Committee for Public Architecture and founded the AIA-sponsored Public and Corporate Architects Committee in Denver. He has served as a member of the AIA Columbus Board of Directors. He is Vice Chair of the Capital Square Review and Advisory Board, which oversees the state capital building and its site in downtown Columbus./Married for over 30 years, he and his wife are active in their church and have recently started taking ballroom dance lessons. His hobbies include golf, photography, bicycling and participating in the annual musical concert, Merry Tuba Christmas. (source: http://www.das.ohio.gov/gsd/SAO/Bios/saobio.htm)
- DAS Announces New State Architect – Craig Weise Begins Work This Week./COLUMBUS – A veteran of state construction project design and management has joined the Ohio Department of Administrative Services as head of the State Architect’s Office (SAO)./“State government and the contracting and design communities should be very pleased with the appointment of Craig Weise as Ohio’s new state architect. Craig has proven himself an excellent designer and project manager in the public and private sectors,” said Hugh Quill, DAS director./“Craig was selected for his well-rounded understanding and accomplishments in design and construction management. His experience for the last seven years with the Ohio School Facilities Commission (OSFC) managing projects and dealing with various stakeholders – from local school districts to general contractors and trade contractors – has prepared him for the position of State Architect.”/For the past four years, Weise has served as Deputy Chief of Projects for OSFC. During this time he has been involved with managing the $1 billion per year OSFC construction spend, negotiating and contracting construction management services, training school facilities project administrators, and auditing OSFC contractors for contract compliance. Prior to this position, Weise was a project administrator with OSFC and worked as an architect for various Ohio and Michigan private firms./Weise’s first goal in his new job is to build relationships. “I want to ensure the State Architect’s Office is focused every day on the needs of our clients first. We will be working to strengthen relationships with agencies and other entities tied to state government such as colleges and universities,” Weise said./“Additionally, our team will be looking for every possible way to manage the office and its resources to the bottom line of providing first-rate service to our state partners.”/Weise is a Certified Construction Manager (CCM) and past president of the northern Ohio chapter of the Construction Management Association of America. He is also a Project Management Professional (PMP) and a registered architect in the states of Ohio and Wisconsin. His educational background includes master’s degrees in architecture and engineering from the University of Michigan, and a master’s in business administration from the University of Wisconsin./SAO establishes the procedures and policies for the management of virtually all state-funded capital project design and construction except K-12 schools. SAO also manages projects for requesting agencies, boards, commissions and institutions. During fiscal year 2006, SAO managed 215 public construction projects with combined budgets of $689 million. Payments to contractors for the fiscal year totaled more than $80 million; payments to associate architects, engineers and construction managers were almost $10 million. (source: DAS Press Release dated October 1, 2007)
- E-mail from Robert Blair, Director of Administrative Services, Thursday, March 24, 2011 3:55 PM, "I have also recently asked Lane Beougher to serve as our interim state architect. Lane joined the State Architect’s Office in 2005 and continues to serve as the manager of the program services team."
- E-mail from Robert Blair, Director of Administrative Services, Wednesday, June 8, 2011 3:34 PM, "I’m also happy to announce that Lane Beougher is our new state architect, after serving in the post on an interim basis since March. He joined the State Architect’s Office in 2005 and has worked in the construction field since 1987. He holds a bachelor’s degree from The Ohio State University in architecture."