Ohio Public Employees Retirement System, Columbus, issued an RFP for at least one real estate consultant to help oversee its private real estate portfolio. The contract of current real estate consultant, Townsend Group, expires early next year; it can rebid. Candidates must have at least three years' experience with institutional investors. The $64.5 billion fund's real estate portfolio has about $2.9 billion committed to both individual properties and commingled funds, with about $780 million left to be committed over the next few years, according to the RFP, which is available at www.opers.org. Proposals are due Dec. 30. Greg Uebele, director of private equity, and Rich Baker, spokesman, did not return calls for details by press time.