For Immediate Release
May 24, 2011

Symposium on 21st Century School Design held

May 24, 2011 (COLUMBUS) Nationally known speakers and delegations from five (5) Ohio school districts proudly showcased some of the innovative architectural design concepts and 21st Century curriculum delivery methods that are being used in their new buildings at a day-long symposium in Columbus.

The 21st Century School Design Symposium focused on “Innovative Spaces – Local Places”. The day-long session was held at the Columbus Museum of Art and sponsored by the Ohio School Facilities Commission. Nearly 300 educators, design professionals, construction managers, and others from seven states attended the event.

Keynote speakers for the symposium included Dr. Bob Sommers, Director of Governor John Kasich’s Office of 21st Century Education, Christian Long of Be Playful Design, and Zac Chase & Chris Lehman of the Science Leadership Academy in Philadelphia, PA. The Academy is often considered a national role model for student-centered, project-based learning environments.

The districts presenting to the group included Clyde-Green Springs Local (Sandusky County), Akron City, Dayton City, Hamilton City, and Highland Local (Morrow).

OSFC Executive Director Richard Hickman called the presentations “right on target.” He added that “one of our goals for the symposium was to provide those who attended with a framework for discussing how we can design our buildings so they can meet the educational needs of today’s students and can adapt to meet changing needs as educational delivery changes.”

About OFCC

Established in 1997, the Commission is responsible for administration of the state’s school construction and renovation program. The Commission is currently working with, or has completed all necessary work in, nearly two-thirds of the state’s 613 school districts.

On September 10, 2012, the Commission was consolidated with the Office of the State Architect to form the Ohio Facilities Construction Commission. The Ohio School Facilities Commission continues to exist as a separate commission within the new agency, focusing on funding Ohio’s comprehensive K-12 school construction program.


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