Special Events

Stay on top of what’s happening at this year’s conference. There will be plenty of exciting special events featuring key note speakers, nonstop networking opportunities and more.

Saturday, September 9 | 8 am – 3 pm
Sunday, September 10 | 8 am – 3 pm

Bob Fowler Motorcycle Ride

Mark your calendar for two exciting rides on Saturday, September 9, 2017 and another on Sunday, September 10, 2017 that incorporate the sights of Northern Ohio and the magnificent scenery of Hocking Hills/Strouds Run State Pak and Amish Country/Millersburg, Ohio areas. You may choose to participate both days, or on Saturday or Sunday only. A commemorative tee shirt is included in the registration fee. Click here for registration and more information.

Sunday, September 10 | Tee Off 8 am

3rd Annual Ron Burton Golf Outing

In celebration of the life and work of William Ronald “Ron” Burton, a renowned code expert who worked on many code-related projects for ICC, BOMA and NAHB, this 3rd Annual Ron Burton Golf Outing is a fundraising effort developed by the Past Presiding Officers to develop training and resources for the next generation of code officials. It offers a great opportunity to get together with fellow code professionals during a shotgun start golf tournament to be held on Sept. 10, 2017, at the Royal American Links Golf Course.

The tourney will include a 50/50 drawing*; prizes for the longest drive and closest to the pin; a hole-in-one contest; golf ball launching contest; and gifts for all participants. Transportation, breakfast and lunch will be provided. Special thanks to our friends at Byers Dublin Subaru – Byers Mazda for providing a beautiful 2017 Mazda Miata as the prize for our Hole-in-One contest.

The overall event sponsor is the National Multifamily Housing Council and Golf Tournament Sponsor is BOMA International. Sign up today as a sponsor or player — space is limited.

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*No purchase necessary. Check back for official rules.

Sunday, September 10 | 9 am – 3 pm

Pre-Conference Building Tour: BrewDog Brewery and Franklin Park Conservatory

BrewDog Brewery
BrewDog is a brand new brewery in the Columbus area. There are now over 4000 craft breweries, more than ever before in the United States. This is exponential growth in an industry that was very small and limited just 15 years ago. Code application related to such facilities, in both plan review and inspections, involves the building code and the fire code for processing operations and storage. Click here to view more information.

Sunday, September 10 | 3 pm – 7 pm
Monday, September 11 | 10 am – 5 pm

Instant Virtual Reality for the Building Industry

IrisVR will offer conference attendees the chance to view their own 3D files in VR, simply bring your Revit, Sketchup, Rhino or OBJ file on a jump drive to the IrisVR booth in the expo. An educational session will be offered to answer all attendees’ questions on virtual reality - from how to select and set up your hardware to how to apply it to your everyday projects.

Sunday, September 10 | 6 pm – 7 pm

Welcome Tailgate Reception

Join us for a Welcome Tailgate Reception to help kickoff the start of this year’s Annual Conference. This will be a football themed event so be sure to show your team spirit by wearing your favorite hat and jersey! Hosted by Smart Vent & ILC Dover, the reception will provide plenty of activities and games for all.

Sunday, September 10 | 7 pm – 7:30 pm

Initial Report of the Nominating Committee

A report and recommendations from the Board Candidates Nominating Committee will be presented. More information to come.

Monday, September 11 | 8 am – 11:30 am

Annual Business Meeting/Members’ Forum

Join your colleagues for a touching and inspiring opening ceremony that will include the Columbus Police and Fire Pipes and Drums, an honor guard, singing of the National Anthem and September 11 remembrance remarks followed by a moment of silence.

This year’s Members forum will feature an informative Q & A session with President Dwayne Garriss and CEO Dominic Sims.

Monday, September 11 | 11:30 am – 2 pm

Networking Luncheon

The Networking Luncheon will be held in Expo Hall and will include games and activities to promote networking. Delegate Photos will also be held at this time.

Monday, September 11 | 7 pm – 11 pm

Welcome to Columbus Reception

The Ohio Building Officials Association welcomes you to Columbus’ historic North Market established in 1876. You will enjoy delectable samplings of authentic food, craft beer and local wine unique to various regions of Ohio. In addition to many of the North Market vendor favorites, you will savor Schmidt’s Sausage from Columbus, Skyline’s Cincinnati style chili, Slyman’s Tavern corned beef sandwich of Cleveland, and Tony Packo’s hotdogs from Toledo. Tasty desert selections include signature macaroon, Jenni’s splendid ice cream, and Schmidt’s cream puffs. Be thrilled by ‘The Best Damned Band in the Land’ and dance the night away to classic rock hits from the ‘Heart of Rock & Roll’. Fun activities include a Corn Hole tournament, a Giant Jenga challenge and door prizes. Our Fire Museum will also be open to commemorate this day (9/11). We look forward to greeting you in Columbus! OH!-IO!

Tuesday, September 12 | 8 am – 11:15 am

Ohio State University Stadium & Woody Hayes Athletic Center Tour

The Ohio State University Stadium
Go behind the scenes at the Ohio Stadium on a guided tour that takes you inside the storied history of Buckeye Football. This is where the Buckeyes have battled since 1922! During a tour of Ohio Stadium, you will have an exclusive look at some of the most treasured spaces in the Stadium; while also learning about the building code challenges at a sports stadium of this magnitude. Click here to view more information.

Tuesday, September 12 | 8 am – 11:15 am

Smith Brothers Hardware Company Tour

The Smith Brother’s Hardware building has been a landmark in downtown Columbus since the 1920’s, serving as its namesake company’s warehouse and one of the Midwest’s largest hardware distribution centers. After The Smith Brother’s Hardware Company closed its doors in the 1980’s, the building sat vacant for fifteen years and survived a two alarm fire on its top three floors. In the mid-90’s the building was renovated to accommodate office space in the main warehouse and two banquet venues in the former steel storage buildings on the Eastern side of the site. Click here to view more information.

Tuesday, September 12 | 9 am – 11:30 am

Government Relations Forum

This year's GR forum will feature these notable speakers:

Tuesday, September 12 | 11:30 am – 1:15 pm

Members’ Luncheon

The keynote speaker for this year’s Members’ Luncheon will be the only two-time winner of the prestigious Heisman Trophy, Archie Griffin. A three-time All-American, he is included in the NCAA’s 100 Most Influential Student-Athletes and is a member of the National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame board of directors. In 2014 Griffin was honored as All-Century Player by the Tournament of Roses Association, in celebration of the 100th anniversary Rose Bowl game. Griffin played in four consecutive Rose Bowl games under legendary coach Woody Hayes. He was also a first-round draft choice of the Cincinnati Bengals, where he served as co-captain and played for seven years.

Archie Griffin is now The Ohio State University’s senior advisor for Advancement after serving for 11 years as the president/chief executive officer of the Alumni Association (OSUAA). During his time as OSUAA president/CEO, Griffin worked to make it possible for all alumni to stay connected to Ohio State and strengthen the status of the university.

Tuesday, September 12 | 1:30 pm – 5 pm

Palace Theatre & Lincoln LeVeque Building Tour

Palace Theatre
The historic Palace Theatre at the base of the LeVeque Tower is currently being restored to its roaring 1920’s grandeur. The 15,000-square-foot auditorium opened in 1926 as a separate real estate parcel from the rest of the 47-story LeVeque, which was completed in 1927 and today both buildings are is undergoing rehabilitation inside and out. Click here to view more information.

Tuesday, September 12 | 1:30 pm – 5 pm

Bridge Park Project Tour

Bridge Park is Dublin, Ohio’s newest urban, walkable neighborhood complementing Dublin’s vibrant Historic Downtown. Spanning 30 acres along the Scioto River, Bridge Park builds upon Dublin’s rich history of iconic developments and ushers in a new era as a social, commercial and experiential destination. Click here to view more information.

Tuesday, September 12 | 6 pm – 10 pm

Reception/Annual Banquet

Enjoy an evening of great cuisine; look back at President M. Dwayne Garriss’s term, the installation of the new Board of Directors, and the passing of the Gavel to the new ICC President.

Tuesday, September 12 | 7 pm – 10 pm

Richmond 2018 Preview Event

Wednesday September 13 | 8:45 am – 5:30 pm

Solar Permitting Plan Review Course

The Solar Permitting Plan Review Course is an interactive, in-person course designed to provide a practical process for consistent plan review, with an emphasis on how to catch the most frequent installation errors.

Expert Jerry Henderson will lead this session.






Click here to view more information about the Solar Permitting Plan Review Course.

Wednesday September 13 | 9 am – 5:30 pm

Global Connections Day

GCD will showcase two important and timely subjects: “Building and Fire Codes, Fire Protection, and Safety around the World” and “Global Economic Trends and Business Practices.”

This year's GCD will feature these notable speakers:


Click here for more information on Global Connections Day.