Using the Website. Begin by going to www.bxohio.com Click on My Deskpad Enter in your User Name and Password. My Deskpad. This is the main area you will use while navigating the website On the left, you will see â€œProject Quick Searchâ€
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Begin by going to www.bxohio.com
Click on My Deskpad
Enter in your User Name and Password
This is the main area you will use while navigating the website
On the left, you will see “Project Quick Search”
Using this, you can search for jobs that you already know exist.
You can search by any phase of construction
Archived projects are projects that have been awarded. We keep plans and specs online for 19 months after the project has been awarded
You can search by the name of the project, our internal project number, the bid date or your own internal notes.
Once you have your search parameters, click submit. The jobs will be listed from the earliest bid date to latest bid date
When you hit submit, all matching projects will come up.
The project summary is a brief description of the project, with quick links for the owner/design team, bidders, plans and specs
If you cannot find the project, the project request form can be filled out and sent to our main office
Please provide us with as much information as possible. We handle 500-700 requests per year, and follow through with information on 80% of those projects.
Click on the name of the project to access the project details
The details will give you more in depth information, from the scope of work to the estimated cost if one is provided. All information comes directly from the spec book
We also provide information on who to submit bids to, where to obtain plans and contact information for any company involved with the project
At the top you will also find the 8 digit project id. This is the easiest way for us to locate a project should you have a question.
One of the ways we make bidding easier for you is with the ability to track jobs
On the project details page , on the top, you have four tracking options
Tracking projects with email will keep abreast of any change that happens. Most of these updates will come to you in a morning email. Addenda, Memos and Amendments are emailed to you as soon as they are placed online. This typically happens within an hour of any one of our 4 offices receiving the addenda!
Tracking without email will set the project aside for you so you do not have to search for it every time you sign in.
Hiding a project will remove that project from you filter.
You can also add a reminder to your Outlook Calendar by clicking of “add a reminder to MS Outlook.
The bid list is updates at least once a week and just prior to the bid date. We update our bid lists from planholder lists and pre-bid meeting attendance. This gives our members the best approximation of who is interested in bidding the job.
We also allow our members to add themselves to the bid list
To do this click on Add to Bid List on top of the page.
From here you can edit contact info, how you are bidding and any other pertinent information about the bid or about your company in the Bidders Information notice.
You can also view company bid history by clicking on the icon next to the company name
Finally, as long as we have an email address, you can batch email quotes to prime bidders. To do this, simply check the box next to the name of the person you wish to send your quote to, and hit batch email next to the company type.
B E D C A
Pre-Bid No A/E project in development
Pre-Bid A/E project has a design team
Pre-Bid CM/GC project has a CM/ GC selected
Active. Projects Actively out for bid.
Project Types-Hold mouse over the description of how we categorize projects into types
Categories- Again hold your cursor over each category to see our classifications
The Builders Exchange, Inc. covers the whole state of Ohio, the eastern third of Indiana and Northern Kentucky. Our whole reporting territory is the default setting.
Click on Select Counties and or States to bring up a county map
Simply click on the counties you would like to receive leads for, the ones for which you want to receive leads will be highlighted in pink.
Spec Index Search
This stands for spec and addenda mining. This search will find very specific keywords, phrases and trade names
Examples: Carrier, GE, Mitsubishi, Pella
To manually run your filter, click on the name of the filter.
When you do this, a list of projects meeting your search criteria will appear.
Simply click on the name of the project to view the project details
If you are using SAM Search, click on “Always Expand Results”.
While the will take a few more seconds to open it will link every spec section from every project that had a hit for your keyword ( see slide 16)
You can use Private Planroom for building projects, whether you are a member or non-member
As a member, you can keep your private jobs disclosed from our whole membership. Non-member GC’s must also place their projects on our site.
Private Planroom allows a GC to distribute a code to subs and suppliers to access jobs through our site at no charge to them. The GC is responsible for distributing this code
Subs and suppliers can view, download and print both specs and blueprints from our site.
In turn, your subs and suppliers can call any Builders Exchange office if they have any technical issue or questions.
Private Planroom Plus is a tool for only members of the Builders Exchange
While there is a fee for this service, the service provided by the Builders Exchange for our members more than pays for the investment made by the company.
Like Private Planroom, Private Planroom Plus distributes a code to subs and suppliers, however, the BX distributes the code electronically via email and fax
In addition, the Builders Exchange verifies your database, making sure that we have the correct contact information, point of contact and company information
If an ITB or message does not make it to your sub and supplier, the Builders Exchange follows up with your contact, fixes any errant information and redistributes the ITB for you at no additional cost to you
If a GC utilizing the service needs to find new bidders or is expanding into a new area, that GC has access to our database of over 60,000 companies from all over the state of Ohio, and soon, Kentucky!
Like Private Planroom, all tech support is handled by BX staff at no charge to the GC , the subs or the suppliers.
The Builders Exchange, Inc
9555 Rockside Rd. Ste 300
Valley View, OH 44125
P: (216) 393-6300
Toll Free: (866) 907-6300
F: (216) 393-6304
4350 Glendale-Milford Rd. Ste 120
Blue Ash, OH 45242
P: (513) 769-4800
F: (513) 769-7888
555 Airport Highway Ste. 140
Toledo, OH 43615
P: (419) 865-3833
F: (419) 865-8014
Builders Exchange of Dayton
2077 Embury Park Rd.
Dayton, OH 45414
P: (937) 278-5723
F: (937) 278-3843
Cleveland, Akron, Youngstown, Western Pennsylvania: Neal Moir (email@example.com)
Cincinnati and the Tri-State: Ashley Grandetti (firstname.lastname@example.org)
*Columbus and SE Ohio: Jon Hewis (email@example.com)
Dayton: John Grandetti (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Toledo and Southern Michigan: Sarah Skiver (email@example.com)
*Please note: We are not affiliated with the Builders Exchange of Central Ohio. While we do report on information in Central Ohio, our members do not have access to the Columbus Planroom unless they are also members of BX Central Ohio.