Building Our Future:

Pre K-5 Facility

Site Plan Explained


Facilities Next Steps

In October, the Oberlin Board of Education will have a resolution on the agenda to approve a Phase I Early Site Plan. The Phase I Early Site Plan will consist of beginning the construction project by installing a safety fence around the perimeter, removal of the home stadium stands, moving construction equipment on site, and preparing the site for construction. We are moving forward!

September, 2019: Facilities Update

The Groundbreaking Ceremony was a great success! I want to thank our staff, students, parents, community members, and alumni for attending the ceremony on September 20, 2019. Oberlin City Schools (OCS) had over 200 alumni attend the ceremony and homecoming game. We recognized alumni classes during halftime of the football game. We had alumni traveling great distances from Atlanta, Georgia, and Boston, Massachusetts, to attend the ceremony. At the end of the game, the fans enjoyed the final Phoenix Band Light show at the OCS stadium. The Groundbreaking Ceremony was a night to remember! It was great to see our Indians and Phoenix alumni join to share in this historical event. Thank You!

On September 24, 2019, the district approved a Schematic Design for the new PreK-5 Facilities project. The Schematic Design provides a blueprint for the exterior of the building. Our architectural firm, TDA, presented a very informative Powerpoint presentation on the next steps for the facilities project. The district is always monitoring project costs and savings for our stakeholders. We are in the process of writing four grants for the project. The awards will assist with funding new kinesthetic furniture, sustainability, and educational initiatives, safety equipment, and developing safe routes to schools.

The district has not completed a final floor plan design yet. We are still working with the Ohio Facilities Construction Commission (OFCC) and our Project Team to develop a final floor plan. The floor plan has to be submitted and approved by OFCC. The floor plan will include features from our staff, students, Visioning Session input, and Sustainability Committee conversations. The Project Team is currently working with the City to secure permits.

Oberlin CS_BOE 2019 09 24 Phase I.pdf

August, 2019: Facilities Update

The district has been working with TDA and Greenspace throughout the summer to move the New Elementary project forward. The next step in the process, required by the Ohio Facilities Construction Commission (OFCC), was for Oberlin City Schools to select a Commissioning Agent (CA)) to assist with construction oversight. A committee met and reviewed prequalified OFCC Commissioning Agent firms. The Brewer - Garret firm was selected. The Oberlin City School Board approved Brewer - Garret on July 16 to join our Facilities team.

Brewer-Garrett is a Middleburg Hts. / Berea-based company with a vested interest in the success of our educational facilities. They have extensive experience in delivering Commissioning Services for both State-funded and locally funded initiatives. Brewer-Garrett has a well-developed and long-standing relationship with the OFCC.

As one of nine prequalified Commissioning Agents for the OFCC, Brewer-Garrett has extensive experience representing State of Ohio building owners as their third-party commissioning authority. They were one of the first prequalified Commissioning Agent for the Ohio School Facilities Commission (OSFC). Brewer-Garrett will also be the Maintenance Plan Advisor (MPA) and work with OFCC to develop the maintenance plan. The purpose of commissioning a new building is to ensure that the building envelope and systems are designed, built, and are functionally tested to meet all owner requirements and applicable standards.

Groundbreaking Ceremony Update:

The district has selected a committee of teachers, administrators, community members, and alumni to organize the Groundbreaking Ceremony. The committee met on August 7 at Oberlin High School. The committee shared many great Groundbreaking ideas and dates for the ceremony. The committee will meet again on August 29 to finalize a Groundbreaking Ceremony date and activities. Once a final date has been selected, the district will notify all community members, alumni, and staff to attend the historical event.

July, 2019: Facilities Update

The Facilities Project is moving forward! The district will engage in an Early Construction Site Plan with TDA and Greenspace. The Early Construction Site Plan will allow construction to begin this Fall. With the Early Construction Site Plan, the district is anticipating moving into our new elementary facility by the Fall of 2021. We will start construction on October 1, 2019.

We will have a tentative Groundbreaking and Closing of the Oberlin High School Stadium Ceremony scheduled for Saturday, September 28, 2019, at 4:00 pm at the stadium. Alumni, community members, students, and staff are welcome to attend the ceremony. We will have a Groundbreaking Committee to organize the event. The committee will consist of teachers, students, administrators, alumni, and community members. This is a very historical event for Oberlin. Everyone is welcome to attend the ceremony.

It has been a very busy month planning our 2019-2020 extra-curricular schedule while anticipating an Early Construction Site Plan. The district is still working on additional details and schedules. Currently, we will play our last Oberlin High School home football game and band performance in our stadium on Friday, September 20, 2019. The district is in the process of collaborating with Oberlin College on playing our additional home high school football games at the Oberlin College Stadium. OHS Soccer will play their last home game on September 28, 2019, at the Oberlin High School Stadium. We will have the Groundbreaking Ceremony after the match at 4:00 pm.

After careful planning with Greenspace and TDA, the construction project will not impact Oberlin High School baseball, softball, and practice fields. The district is currently collaborating with the City and Oberlin College on developing a plan for the 2020-2021 school year and beyond.

The district will continue to update our community on any new construction and athletic developments. Once again, we would like to thank you for your support.

June, 2019: Facilities Update

Board Approves New Elementary Site Location:

On May 21, 2019, the Oberlin City Schools Board of Education approved the location for our new elementary facility. After months of soil testing, analyzing site elevation topography, and utility maps, TDA and Greenspace identified the best location for the facility was to the south of Oberlin High School. This is illustrated in the TDA Visioning slideshow on our website:

Community Visioning Session:

Oberlin City School District and TDA facilitated a community Visioning Session on Saturday, May 18, 2019 from 8:00 am to 2:00 pm at Mt. Zion Fellowship Hall. We had about 50 stakeholders in attendance. During the event, Visioning Committee members identified many important features they would like to see in the new facility. The Visioning Committee mentioned important items like an Outdoor Educational Center to increasing musical instrument storage space. TDA will utilize information from the Visioning, Eco Charrette, staff, students, Board of Education, and administrators to create an innovative schematic design.

Oberlin Visioning Report.pdf

May, 2019: Bond Update

In April, 2019 we sold $10,000,000 in bonds to be repaid over 30 years which, after expenses, generated $9,810,000. Later this year we will begin the process to structure the sale of the remaining $7,760,000. Our first payment on the bonds will be due on November 1, 2019.

Now that our Construction Manager at Risk, Greenspace Construction Services, LLS, has been hired we will plot our cash needs for the project and invest the bond proceeds accordingly.

April, 2019: CM Selected

On Saturday, April 27th Oberlin City School’s Facilities Committee met with three Construction Manager (CM) firms. The committee consisted of parents, staff, and administrators. AECOM, Greenspace, and Ruhlin firms provided the committee with very detailed presentations. The committee selected Greenspace as the construction management (cm) firm for the project. Greenspace has collaborated with TDA on the following projects: North Ridgeville City Schools, Cleveland Municipal School (CMSD) District Campus International, Brooklyn City Schools, and other projects. The Greenspace team will include a sustainability consultant to support the Oberlin PreK-5 Facilities projects high-performance initiatives.

GreenSpace Presentation 042719

March, 2019: Bond Rating

On Friday, March 1, 2019, Oberlin City Schools traveled to Chicago, Illinois to engage in a 2-hour 36-page presentation to Moody Investors. As part of the facilities process, the district must receive a bond rating from Moody Investors. The bond rating will secure an interest rating for the district. Prior to the meeting, we submitted a 85-page detailed portfolio. The portfolio illustrated the district’s financial, academic, and community highlights. We have been collaborating with the city, college, and all stakeholders since January to gather the data for the portfolio and presentation. It was a very comprehensive process. The district would like to thank Dr. Ken Stanley and Angela Dotson for all your time and hard work.

February, 2019: Architect Selected

Oberlin City Schools PreK-5 Facilities Committee, consisting of 22 staff and community members, will recommend Thendesign Architectural (TDA) firm to the Oberlin Board of Education at the Tuesday, February 26 Regular Board Meeting. The PreK-5 Facilities Committee met on Saturday, February 9 from 8:00 am to 1:00 pm at Oberlin High School.

During the meeting, Lesko, BSHM, and TDA architectural firms provided presentations to the committee. After great discussion and reviewing all of the presentations, the committee selected TDA as their first choice. TDA designed the new North Ridgeville Academic Center, North Olmsted Performing Arts Center, IB International School in Cleveland, and various other innovative projects. Please visit TDA’s website at

Once the architect has been approved, the firm will begin conducting land survey's, working with our Sustainability Committee, and meeting with our stakeholders (students, staff, parents, administrators, and community members).

December, 2018: Request for Qualifications

In December, community members and district administrators met to develop a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for an architect. The RFQ will allow architects to submit their qualifications and interest in the project. The Oberlin Board of Education approved the RFQ on December 11, 2018. The district will post the RFQ on our website, newspaper, and on the Ohio Facilities Construction Commission (OFCC) website. Interested architects will submit their RFQ’s between December 14, 2018 to January 17, 2019 to the Oberlin Board of Education. A committee consisting of community members, staff, and administrators will review the RFQ’s and then select an innovative architect, tentatively by February.

November 2018: Issue 11 Passes

PreK -5 Facilities Committee Members

Oberlin City Schools would like to thank all of our PreK-5 Facilities Committee members for your hard work and dedication.

Chris Frank -School Administrator

Robin Diedrick - Teacher / OOEA

Albert Borroni - BOE Member

Barry Richard - BOE Member

David Hall - Superintendent

Angela Dotson - Treasurer

Erika Arbaugh - OAPSE

Kelley Singleton - City Council

Kristin Peterson - City Council

Chief Warfield - OPD Police Chief

Jeff Baumann - City of Oberlin

Pradnya Martz - Realtor

Jeff Hobbs - Oberlin College

Eric Steggall - Oberlin College / Parent

Mike Dyer - Parent

Todd Rasmussen - Parent

Heather Adelman - Parent

Matt Adelman - Parent

Amy Burgess - Parent

Steve Thompson - Parent

Erik Andrews - Parent

Craig Brandt - Parent

Financial Update

Sudsina & Associates Qualifications - Oberlin CSD (1).pdf
Preliminary Credit Profile 121118 - Oberlin CSD.pdf