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Construction News

Firelands Local Schools Construction News:

Follow FLSD Blog for Construction Updates: https://ffalcons.wordpress.com/ 

Construction is moving fast! Updates will now be shared in blog format and can be found under UPDATES in the second column.

November 2020
Contractor Opportunities: A Pre-Bid Open House for the new building will be held on Wednesday, November 11, 2020 at the Firelands Bus Garage at 9:30 am.: Contracting-Opportunities.pdfThe pre-bid open House presentation can be viewed here: Pre Bid Open House Presentation
Asphalt paving has begun!

October 2020
The building pad area has been completed. Soil excavating for the new parking lot, detention basin and access road has begun. Design work continues, especially in the Extended Learning Areas (ELA). 

September 2020
Excavation work has begun. The lay down area and the gravel construction road work started on September 9th. 
A virtual groundbreaking will be held on September 15, 2020 at 6:30 pm via Facebook Live.

August 2020

The new Firelands High School has an address:
     Firelands High School
    10521 Vermilion Road
    Oberlin, OH  44074

Last winter a large group of community members, staff and students met to take part in a “Visioning” process to help determine the kinds of features that should be included in our new high school. Based upon that input, BSHM Architects has been able to establish the overall layout and look of the new school. Over the summer the architects have continued to work, refining the school’s design. They are currently scheduled to be finished in early January 2021. The District’s Construction Manager, Greenspace, Inc., will seek bids from sub-contractors starting in February.

One portion of the work, consisting of site preparation and underground utilities, has already been issued for bids. This “Early Site Package” will allow construction to begin this August. Fencing, signage and traffic flow have all been carefully considered to keep students, staff and visitors safe while coming to and from school this year. It won’t be long now before those big construction trucks start digging!

June 2020 

 Renderings have been posted above! The new masonry brick building includes changes in brick coloring that will provide both depth and balance and our design team is studying the possible integration of sandstone into the design. Large windows allowing for natural light in classrooms, entry points and the cafeteria, which will connect to the existing high school, are included throughout the building.  

Looking ahead, site preparation is slated to begin this fall with construction continuing through the spring of 2022 and we are optimistic that the building will be ready for the 2022-2023 school year.  Click here to read the print version.

January 2020 

Construction Manager at Risk hired: Mr. Tim Rini from Greenspace 

Visioning Meetings continue with students, staff and community members.

December 2019 

Visioning Meetings begin! 

Architects, community members talk vision for new Firelands High School: Chronicle Telegram, December 6, 2019

Commisioning Agent hired: Mr. Doug Lancashire, President of Osborn Engineering 

October 2019 

 The district and the OFCC jointly selected BSHM as the architectural firm to design our new high school.  Now that the architect is in place, the selection process for the construction manager will begin.

September 201

The construction update continues on the boys and girls bathrooms at Firelands High School. The set of bathrooms on the south end are fully operational and in compliance with the  ADA. It is anticipated that the north set will be complete soon.   

August 2019 

This fall, the district, in cooperation with the OFCC, will select the architect and construction manager, with the design of the building formally commencing this December. 

Current FHS students will be able to utilize updated bathrooms (originally constructed in the 1950's and 1970's) and new LED lighting throughout the building. These two projects are part of repurposing the current building for future middle school students while addressing safety and functionality concerns for the current population.

July 2019

The Ohio Facilities  Construction Commission (OFCC) voted unanimously to approve a new round of school building and renovation projects for FY20, authorizing funding for work in nine districts (including Firelands). All nine have their local share of funding from voters secure, meaning the projects can go forward pending approval from the Controlling Board.

May 2019

The Ohio Facilities Construction Commission (OFCC) approved the summer agenda- which includes our building project 

February 2019

Food Service site studies were initiated to best understand current  strategies  

 January 2019 

  • Phase 1 Environmental Assessment completed
  • Wetland Delineation completed
  • Geotechnical Report completed
  • Site Survey completed

 December 2018, 9.9 million dollars of notes for this project were sold and the beginning phases of site work scheduled.

November 2018, the community passed a 4.28 mil bond issue that calls for the construction of a new 9-12 grade high school. The existing high school will be re-purposed as the middle school and Board of Education. The new building will be built on district owned property, just North of the existing high school.

Visioning Meetings
Powerpoint from December 5th Visioning Meeting: _FirelandsCommunityMeeting.pdf 
Completion Date: 
August 2022


Material Inquires:

Call BSHM or email: http://www.bshm-architects.com/

BSHM Architects – Columbus Office:

1020 Goodale Blvd.
Columbus, Ohio 43212


BSHM Architects – Youngstown Office

15 Central Square
Suite 300
Youngstown, Ohio 44503



Work on the job: Mark Barr at OFCC:

Ohio Facilities Construction Commission

Mark Barr, Project Manager

30 W. Spring St., 4th Floor
Columbus, Ohio 43215
330.425.3480   or  614.466.6290 

[email protected]

November: Asphalt paving begins & Pre Bid Open House held
October: Building pad, parking lot & detention basin work
September: Groundbreaking and dirt moving begins
August: Early Site Package set for bids and fencing is put in place
June:  Renderings are now available
January: Construction manager at risk hired 
Visioning meetings continue 
January:  Geotechnical study and 
Site Survey
February: Food service site study
May: OFCC Summer agenda approved 
July: OFCC approved our building project 
August: FHS bathroom projects. LED lighting installed at FHS.
September: The south FHS boys and girls bathroom are updated and functional!
October: Our architects are in place! 
November: Work begins
December: Visioning Meetings start
Commissioning Agent Hired: Osborn Engineering  
November: Bond issued passed
December: 9.9 million of notes sold 
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