The Ohio Facilities Construction Commission
is responsible for guiding capital projects for state agencies, state-supported universities and community colleges, and Ohio’s comprehensive public K-12 school construction and renovation program. The Commission is also charged with managing the grants process for cultural facilities and community schools. The Commission sets uniform rules, procedures and standardized documents for state construction under Chapter 153.
The legislature established the Commission in 2012 with the merger of the Ohio School Facilities Commission (OSFC) and the former Office of State Architect. In 2013, the Commission undertook oversight of the cultural facilities grants program. In 2017, the legislature further folded all OSFC duties and responsibilities into the Commission, thereby consolidating guidance and oversight for its various programs into one entity.
Our district worked with representatives from the OFCC to gauge what available state aid our district could be eligible. What the master plan documents show is that Hebron Elementary has a renovate/replace ratio of 76%, Jackson Intermediate has a renovate/replace ratio of 77%, Lakewood Middle is at 66% (on the border of the 2/3rds guideline) and Lakewood High comes in at 55%.
Because of this assessment and the 2015 assessment, the district determined that renovations to the middle school were prudent and in line with the assessment. The district determined, based on the assessments, that replacing Hebron Elementary and Jackson Intermediate – and building one building instead of 2 buildings was the best outcome for the taxpayers.