The Northwest Ohio Building and Construction Trades Council has broken ground on a new headquarters.
After operating out of a former Frisch’s Big Boy restaurant for more than three decades, the NWOBTC announced plans for a new building.
The property, located at 1600 Front St., is just a half mile down the road from their current location at 909 Front St. The current building was purchased by the IUPAT District Council 6 to use for District Council business and two Toledo IUPAT unions, Painters and Tapers Local 7 and Glaziers Local 948
In addition to a customized floor plan, efficient HVAC and electrical system designed to meet their needs, the new 5,000-square-foot headquarters will provide ample meeting space for the NWOBTC and affiliated members.
Construction on the project will cost slightly more than $1 million and will take place under a Project Labor Agreement. Northwest Ohio Building and Construction Trades Council Executive Secretary/Business Manager Shaun Enright hopes work will be completed by late June, just in time for the Fourth of July.
Volunteers from various trades have volunteered to help on the project, a fact that makes Enright extremely proud.
“Our growth in recent years has forced us to look for a location that provides more space,” said Enright. “This opportunity meets our needs, but also allows us to improve the parkland and properly honor members who have lost their lives on the job.”
The new building will be located on land known as Tribute Memorial Park. The trades agreed to keep seven acres as parkland. They will be responsible for maintaining the grounds including existing bike trails.
Additionally, the NWOBTC will take over responsibility for Toledo’s Workers’ Memorial Monument, which over the past few years, has not received the attention it deserves. The monument, located within the park, needs work to repair its electrical system. Building Trade leaders hope future plans will include improving or expanding the memorial.
The memorial honors five area tradesmen killed while constructing the Veterans Glass City Skyway Bridge.
On Feb. 16, 2004, a crane collapse and killed four men and injured four others. Ironworkers Robert Lipinski Jr., 44, Mike Phillips, 42, Arden Clark II, 47, and 30-year-old Mike Moreau all lost their lives when a huge crane collapsed during construction of the bridge that spans across the Maumee River near downtown Toledo.
Another accident on the bridge in April 2007, just two months before it opened and unrelated to the crane accident, killed 36-year-old Andrew Burris, a carpenter, who fell from a construction platform.