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Celebrating 20 Years of Rebuilding Ohio's Schools

In May of 1997, Ohio's legislative leaders created the Ohio Schools Facilities Commission (OSFC) to guide the state’s school rebuilding program. Work has led to the opening of over 1,180 new or renovated buildings, reaching an estimated 650,000 students. As part of the state’s effort, over $11.5 billion has been spent on both classroom facilities and a series of programs directed at such issues as school security and mitigating lead in drinking fountains. Through its fully funded rebuilding programs or through its grant programs, the OSFC had touched nearly every district in Ohio and completely addressed all facilities needs in 259 of those districts.

In 2012, the state of Ohio enacted the first major changes in public construction law in over 130 years. In addition to allowing the use of additional forms of construction administration, the General Assembly established the Ohio Facilities Construction Commission (OFCC), merging the operations of the former Office of the State Architect and the OSFC. Hard work goes on as the OFCC continues the rebuilding program.

20-year Timeline



May 20, 1997

SB 102 created the Ohio School Facilities Commission.


Ohio School Design Manual is adopted by Commission


Exceptional Needs and Expedited Local Partnership programs begins


Accelerated Urban Program begins with Dayton Public Schools


First school building opens under program - Huntington Local School District in Ross County


Northeast Ohio office opened


Career tech guidelines are adopted


Green Schools Initiative begins


Ohio governor issues 21st Century learning environments directive


Pleasant Ridge Montessori in Cincinnati becomes first LEED certified school in Ohio


21st Century School Design Workshops begin, Beaver Local Schools will be first project funded under directive


Ohio Construction Reform takes place allowing for varied delivery methods


OSFC and SAO consolidate into Ohio Facilities Construction Commission


London Middle School becomes first LEED Platinum school in Ohio


100th Ohio school becomes LEED certified


First design-build project in Ohio begins with a new high school at Coventry Local Schools


200th Ohio school is LEED certified


  • 288 LEED certified schools in Ohio
  • $11.5 Billion of state funding has gone to K-12 facilities construction
  • 1,143 school buildings have been
  • constructed
  • Work is complete in 259 districts
20-year timeline

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