Since 1910

Elford, Inc. is the largest central Ohio commercial construction company with local ownership and decision makers. Download our Fast Facts page and learn more about our construction expertise.

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Elford’s Board Chairman honored by Purdue University

Copeland Purdue AwardPlease join us in congratulating Elford’s Board Chairman, Mr. Jeffrey L. Copeland, PE, FE, on a much deserved recognition. Mr. Copeland was honored by with a ?Civil Engineering? Alumni Achievement Award from Purdue University for a career commitment to excellence and outstanding achievement in the Engineering profession.

Jeff joined Elford in 1985 and grew in experience from Project Manager to Vice President, to President, and to CEO. Many of his leadership initiatives paved the way for the depth and breadth of our project experience, efficiency, attention to detail, and award-winning safety record.

Click here to view Jeff’s biography and other CEAAA honorees on Purdue’s website.

OSU Veterinary Medical Center Phase I complete

OSU Veterinary Medical CenterThis week we welcomed doctors and staff of the OSU Veterinary Medical Center into their new office space. This first phase includes an ICU space and 3 story office expansion for a total of 26,190 SF. The new addition features two dog walking areas, an interior courtyard, abundance of natural lighting via exterior curtainwall and clerestory corridor glass. East facing offices feature a great view of The Shoe, Ohio Stadium. Landscaping will continue through the spring and coincide with the future phases of the project, renovating the lobby and waiting area of the existing medical center.

Check out our portfolio page HERE for further photos of the project and the OSU Veterinary Medical Center’s project webpage regarding updates.

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Columbus Convention Center Grand Ballroom complete

FCCC_BallroomThe new Grand Ballroom is now open!! Our team worked diligently to think ahead of challenges and coordinate with numerous convention events to make certain we provide construction efforts to exceed expectations. Please join us in congratulating the Greater Columbus Convention Center as they welcome 200,000+ visitors for the annual Arnold Sports Festival, on March 3-6, 2016. Thanks to our architectural partners at Schooley-Caldwell and LMN Architects

Elford’s Service & Small Projects Department has also been hard at work with the Franklin County Authority installing special art murals in the 3 main garages surrounding the convention center; Goodale Avenue, Vine Street, and the South garage off of Nationwide Boulevard. All art was collected locally from high schools, colleges, elementary schools, and professional artists submissions. Each piece is tagged with a identification plaque listing the artist’s name, art mural title, and a website with further information about the mural.

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Elford Welcomes Don Anderson as Vice President

Don AndersonOn February 1, 2016, Don Anderson, CPE, LEED GA, will join Elford as Vice President of Preconstruction. He brings more than 25 years of construction experience and cost estimating expertise to the Elford team. Don will be actively involved in all aspects of Elford’s business functions while focusing primarily on helping our project teams deliver best-of-class Preconstruction Services.

Don is a certified Professional Estimator, a LEED Green Associate and is a member of the American Society of Professional Estimators (ASPE). He began his construction career in the field as a Foreman and has held several positions including Superintendent, Estimator, Project Manager and most recently Vice President of Estimating. His wealth of knowledge will ensure our clients’ needs and issues are addressed and resolved early on in the project process, leading to a smooth and efficient construction phase.

Elford Honored as Top MBE Advocate

Ohio MBE Award

On October 28, 2015, Denise Gilliam was honored by the Ohio Minority Business Enterprises as the Top MBE Advocate. This award is given to an individual from the private sector who promotes and upholds minority business partners in the state of Ohio.

Denise is engaged with minority subcontractors, vendors and suppliers offering assistance and support to qualify them to bid on state-funded projects. In addition to hosting Minority Luncheons and presenting at MBE Lunch and Learn events, Denise is frequently called on to identify MBE companies who have the capacity to work on projects. She also explores ways to get more MBE firms on projects by adjusting the packages so smaller firms can get a chance to bid Elford work. She actively encourages females and minority students to consider Elford when looking for their first “professional” position. These are the reasons cited during the presentation making Denise a worthy recipient of the 2015 Top MBE Advocate Award. Congratulations!!

Elford Names New Executive Vice Presidents

Executive Vice PresidentsElford is pleased to announce Randy Petitt, Ken Wayman and Eric Bull have been promoted to Executive Vice Presidents. These three dynamic leaders have made incredible contributions to Elford’s growth and success and their new roles will pave the way for our continued prosperity in the days and years ahead.

Randy Petitt will continue to lead our Field Operations activities but will yield additional day-to-day field coordination responsibilities to our outstanding General Superintendents and Safety Manager. This will allow Randy more time to spend using his experience and expertise to strategically support our market sector leaders and project teams.

Ken Wayman will continue to be involved in all aspects of our Operations but will focus primarily on business acquisition, leadership development and talent recruitment while continuing to serve as Principal-In-Charge on select projects. Ken’s experience and expertise in these areas, combined with his strong relationships with key customers and industry leaders, provide Elford with the fuel we need to excel.

Eric Bull will have primary responsibility for leading our Operations. Eric’s experience, leadership skills and business acumen make him ideally suited for this critical role. Eric will provide strategic input and support for Dave Jones in his role as Director of Project Management while directly supporting our market sector leaders and project executives. As Eric’s role expands, we will immediately begin the search process for a Director of Preconstruction to handle the day-to-day activities he is currently leading.

Elford, founded in 1910, is Central Ohio’s largest locally owned commercial construction company with extensive experience in healthcare, retail, education, commercial and multi-family. Elford’s 250 employees consistently deliver outstanding results in a safe, timely and cost-effective manner.

Jim Smith and Mike Fitzpatrick

Click here to read Elford Press Release regarding the announcement (Adobe PDF).

Congratulations to Fairfield Medical Center

Fairfield Medical CenterFind the June 10, 2015 edition of Columbus Business First for the From the Ground Up story on the construction of the new Fairfield Medical Center Surgical Tower addition, known as Project BRIGHT, and plans for FMC’s centennial celebration. Thanks to all our partners on the Design-Build team for making this project a success!



  • 104,000 square feet
  • $37 million construction cost
  • 30 private patient rooms
  • 10 ORs
  • 1 hybrid OR
  • 36 prep and recovery rooms
  • Design-Build delivery method

Click on the graphic below to see more photos of the completed project


A successful OSU Veterinary Hospital topping-out event

OSU Vet ConstructionOn June 30, 2015 a Topping Out ceremony was held for Phase I of The Ohio State University Veterinary Hospital renovation and addition. Elford is proud to be the Construction Manager on this project. Attendees at the event were able to sign the beam before it was raised into place and attached to the steel structure. Safety was of the utmost importance and both steel workers were securely tied-off during the entire event. A United States Flag, Ohio State flag, OSU flag, and tree were attached to the beam in accordance with construction traditions. The tree will be planted onsite.

A estimated total of 57,000 SF of space at the hospital will be renovated and created including a free-standing addition to the existing hospital building that will incorporate faculty and staff offices, as well as conference spaces for meetings and teaching.

This video was captured with a GroPro camera attached to the beam courtesy of the OSU Veterinary Hospital team.

Visit the OSU Veterinary Hospital Project page for further photos of construction progress as it occurs.

2015 Elford Awards & Recognition Event

Each spring Elford employees gather to celebrate the past year and look to the future of the company. During the event we recognize individuals who have gone above and beyond as leaders and craftsman in the construction industry to better others and serve our clients. This year’s event was held at COSI in downtown Columbus. Please help us celebrate the following awards winners recognized during the event.


Elford would like to congratulate Superintendent Bill Kay, as the winner of the 2014 ‘Pop’ Elford Quality Award. He is a tremendous example of a Servant Leader. The person who nominated Bill said, “He is able to share his knowledge and skills without reservation.” Bill is committed to making Elford the Best Building Contractor by ensuring quality standards are present on his projects, using efficient means and methods along the way. He builds solid relationships with client, subs and co-workers resulting in fulfilling our purpose to make construction a positive experience for everyone associated with the project.

In 2014, in addition to his project responsibilities, Bill stepped forward to help lead the learning and development of our next Superintendents. On top to all the duties and responsibilities of his job as Superintendent, his help, knowledge, insights, experiences and moral support are providing exceptional learning for everyone he interacts with and will certainly have long-term benefits for Elford and our field leaders. His legacy will be the expertise he instills in others.

Bill Kay is pictured below accepting the ‘Pop’ Elford Quality Award with Mike Fitzpatrick, president, (left) and Jim Smith, CEO (right).



The J.R. Johnson Craftsmanship Award recognizes an individual for his or her work, tireless energy, dedication and zest for serving our customers. Please join us in congratulating this year’s winner, Bryan Lee.

As the supervisor of the Franklin County Hall of Justice project, Bryan installed high end decorative wall panels; in a grid type system with aluminum trim. Using intense
pre-planning, exact cutting to fit, and exemplary work ethic, Bryan made the installation go as smoothly as it did.

Pictured below from left to right: Jim Smith, CEO; Randy Petitt, VP of Field Operations; Bryan Lee; and award namesake J.R. Johnson.

Elford participates in 2015 Safety Week

SafetyWeek2015_LogoIn Elford’s continuing commitment to safe job sites and the safety of our workers, all of our job sites participated in Safety Week 2015. During daily toolbox talks held by our superintendents to start each day, they focused on the following topics and passed out literature to workers from OSHA (U.S. Department of Labor)

  • Ladder Safety
  • Fall Protection
  • Electrical Safety
  • Caught-Between
  • Struck-By

As one of a focus on topics for safety week, our job sites took part in educating construction workers about Fall Protection. Elford’s job site at the OSU Veterinary Medical Hospital? was visited by OSHA where workers gathered to learn more about preventing deadly falls and the correct use of safety harnesses and gear.

Visit for more info and literature on preventable methods for keeping safety when working from heights.

Visit our Facebook page to see photos from our Safety Week toolbox talks and visit our safety page to learn about how safety is an integral part of our brand.


Jim Smith Recognized as Alumni of Distinction

Six distinguished alumni of the Springfield City School District were honored with the Alumni of Distinction Award on Friday, April 10th at a public ceremony at the Springfield Country Club. This was the tenth annual presentation, according to James W. Bacon, Chairman of the Alumni of Distinction Award Steering Committee.

alumni of distinctionThe 2015 Alumni honorees are pictured (l-r) James W. Smith, CEO at Elford, Inc. in Columbus, OH; Samuel Scott Crabill, a Managing Partner of Thoma Bravo, an equity firm in San Francisco, CA; Laurence Ross Klaben, the President/C.E.O. of Morris Furniture Company in Dayton, OH and Roger Lee Ludlow, a retired educator and retired USAF Colonel, Kenosha, WI. Also recognized with posthumous awards were former four term Governor James A. Rhodes and World War II Medal of Honor hero James Richard (Dicky) Ward.

The Alumni of Distinction Award program was established in 2005 by the Springfield Board of Education to recognize former students who have distinguished themselves through exemplary professional success and/or community service. Persons selected for this honor must have graduated at lease ten years prior to their nomination.

Steering Committee members include Richard A. Umbaugh, Wendy G. Ford, Marianne L. Nave, W. Eugene Barnett, Jr., Darrell Kitchen, Patrick Rastatter, Debbie Fralick, David C. Estrop, Wanda J. Truss and Kim N. Fish. James Huffman, Rosella E. Martin and Robert L. Burton, Jr. were founding members of the committee.

CONTACT: Marianna L. Nave, PR Chairman, 323-4865 or 346-5815

Click here to download the press release (in adobe .pdf format)

Elford Wins National Safety Award

AGC-Safety-AwardOn Thursday, March 19, Randy Petitt, VP of Field operations, and Scott Ritter, Safety Manager, accepted Elford’s FIRST PLACE trophy for the National Construction Safety Excellence Award in the Building Division category for 250,001 – 450,000 man-hours worked in 2014 by the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC). The award was presented during the annual Associated General Contractors Convention held in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Elford previously won First Place in 2012 in the same category.

The Construction Safety Excellence Awards are the premier safety awards for the construction industry recognizing companies who exhibit the highest commitment to safety and loss prevention programs.  The AGC is a national trade association representing more than 30,000 leading firms in the industry.  A huge CONGRATULATIONS goes out to the entire Elford team for always making safety our #1 priority!

Elford selected as Finalist in National Safety Awards Competition

Elford, Inc. will represent AGC of Central Ohio and compete for first, second or third place in Building Division category for 250,001 – 450,000 manhours in the AGC/Willis Construction Safety Excellence Awards (CSEA) program.

CSEA recognizes contractors for their overall safety program. To become a finalist, Elford’s entries were thoroughly examined by construction professionals, reviewing the companies’ commitment to safety, employee and management involvement, innovation, education and training, and safety statistics. Elford was one of three finalists selected from across the nation in their divisions to compete for top honors.

The finals judging will be held March 15 – 18, during AGC of America’s 96th Annual Convention in San Juan, Puerto Rico. There,  companies will give live interviews with an independent panel national safety heavy- weights from industry and OSHA. The panelists will determine who receives first, second or third place, as well as select a grand award winner from all of the first place division winners. The winners will be announced during the AGC/Willis Safety Awards Breakfast on March 19 during the Convention.

Click here to read about Elford’s first place CSEA award in 2012

Elford Welcomes new General Superintendent

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Jimmy Fisher joined Elford as General Superintendent on January 1, 2015. Jimmy will lead field services on projects administered in the Service and Small Projects (SSPD). Jimmy’s role along with the entire SSPD team will continue to fuel the growth of Elford’s market share in this strategic area of our services.

Jimmy is a carpenter by trade and has extensive experience in building management, maintenance and tenant fit-outs. His previous roles include Carpenter, Foreman, Superintendent, and General Superintendent. Jimmy has completed his training/credentialing for OSHA 30-Hour, Fall Protection, Scaffolding, Forklift SFWP and CPR.

Please join us in welcoming Jimmy to Elford. We are excited about the talent he brings to our organization. .


Elford’s Outreach Coordinator wins Black Achievement Award

denise-award-aloneCongratulations to Elford’s Denise Gilliam on being the recipient of a 2014 Ohio Black Leaders & Legends Awards

The annual award seeks to honor extraordinary Central Ohio African-Americans who through consistency and longevity have achieve success in they chosen professions and made significant contributions within our community.

Denise is responsible for Elford’s inclusion programs, as well as ensuring Elford’s presence in the local and regional business and academic communities. She also develops and organizes learning programs for MBE/ FBE/ DBE/ VBE/ EDGE subcontractors to help them build strong partnerships with city, county, and state agencies, as well as Elford, Inc. Help us congratulate Denise on this significant achievement. Learn more about Elford’s diversity statement on our Diversity page.

View photos from the event on the Grapevine Columbus Facebook page

Elford Welcomes Eric Bull as Vice President

Eric BullEric Bull has joined Elford as Vice President, bringing more than 20 years of construction leadership experience. His proven experience, expertise, and relationships will allow Elford to expand and enhance our world class construction services throughout Ohio and the Midwest.

Eric is a recognized construction leader in our region. He previously served as a highly successful executive for a regional construction management firm responsible for over $100 Million of annual construction for higher education, k-12, healthcare, commercial, retail, and multifamily clients.

A dynamic, high energy leader in the community, Eric currently serves as a Board Member of the Builders Exchange of Central Ohio and the King Arts Complex. He is also a member of the Olentangy Local School District Facilities Advisory Committee and the Chair of the NorthChurch Building Committee.

Eric will be actively involved in all aspects of Elford’s business functions while focusing primarily on helping our project teams deliver best-of-class Preconstruction Services.

Thomas C. Fitzpatrick, In Memoriam

Thomas C FitzpatrickElford is saddened to learn of the passing of Thomas C. Fitzpatrick. He worked for Elford for 50 years and acted as president from 1965 until 1984, when he was succeeded by his son Thomas J. Fitzpatrick. He thrived in helping lead and support community organizations near and dear to his heart, including the Builders Exchange, Rotary, and the Boy Scouts.

Thomas began as a laborer, working his way up to carpenter’s helper, and after earning a civil engineering degree, worked his way up to general superintendent. Under his leadership Elford purchased the first climbing crane in Columbus which paved the way for Elford build the Christopher Inn in 1963 and St. Anthony’s Hospital in 1969 (now OSU Hospital East). Learn more about Elford’s history under Tom’s leadership by viewing our 100 Year Anniversary book.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Columbus Rotary Foundation, Ohio Dominican University, Simon Kenton Council, Boy Scouts of America, or the Builders Exchange of Central Ohio Scholarship Fund.

Click here to read his obituary online at The Columbus Dispatch.