Facilities Master Plan

The Facilities Master Plan is a long-term, comprehensive roadmap for facilities work that comprises three parts:

  • Annual Equipment and Furniture Replacement
  • 10-Year Maintenance Plan: The capital improvements that put our building into better-operating condition. The plan includes preventive and deferred maintenance, items from the Accessibility Audit and other ADA-compliant projects, and Health/Life Safety items, which must be done to comply with current health and safety codes. 
  • Long-Term Capital Projects/Imagine OPRF: Significant changes and upgrades to the building that improve the way we serve student needs.


NEW Track and Fields Project

The high school and the Park District of Oak Park are colloborating to develop a new track and shared-use fields. Click here for more information.

Imagine OPRF Projects 1 and 2


Project 2

Scroll down for information about Project 1

With the majority of Project 1 completed (see below), the district is turning its attention to Project 2, which is being considered but has not been approved by the Board of Education. For a thorough, foundational presentation about Project 2 given at the March 24, 2022, Board meeting, click here and go to 2:06:45 in the video.

The second phase of Imagine OPRF focuses on building a new, four-story/five-level physical education and athletics wing, including a full basement, on the southeast (Scoville and Lake) corner of the building. This would replace the current structure there and would not include the Fieldhouse. To see the conceptual design for Project 2, click here. This replacement wing would include:

  • PE classrooms, PE and athletics offices, PE equipment storagem and a conference room to replace the ones removed during demolition
  • Improvements to the performing arts green room, which does not meet student needs 
  • All-gender locker rooms for gender non-conforming students
  • An elevator that complies with accessibility requirements 
  • A multi-purpose/dance gym to replace the current studio
  • Larger, flexible, multi-use gyms that can serve as a competition space and replace small, limited use gyms
  • weight room
  • An expanded treatment room for athletic trainers to address inadequate space issues 
  • Boys locker rooms to replace the current ones, which have a host of issues (poor ventilation, plumbing problems, inadequate toilet space, etc.) 
  • Student commons and pre-function space for students waiting for activities/rides and spectators
  • A 25-yard x 40-yard pool to replace the two current pools, which were built in 1928 and have exhausted their useful life, with a spectator balcony to replace the 550 seats along the two current pools

Project 2 will accommodate some functions that currently are in the southwest Physical Education area of the building, including boys locker rooms, the West Pool, and the trainer’s room. This will make space for moving performing arts to the southwest area of the building, which is called for in the conceptual design for Project 3.

Project 1

In June 2020, Oak Park and River Forest High School began the most significant renovations to its campus in 50 years, funded entirely from existing cash reserves, thereby avoiding a tax increase to property owners and preserving the district’s debt-free status.

The district is working with FGM Architects and Pepper Construction on design and construction of Project 1, which broke ground in June 2020 and will be completed in August 2023. The project includes:

  • Replacement of the South Cafeteria (completed)
  • Addition of a two-story Student Resource Center (completed)
  • Renovation of the Main Entrance and Welcome Center (completed)
  • Renovation of the Student Activities Center, now called the Student Commons (completed)
  • Renovation and addition of Special Education offices and conference rooms (completed)
  • Relocation/renovation of Driver Education classrooms (completed)
  • Eight new all-gender washrooms (completed)
  • Relocation/renovation of mailroom and duplicating (completed)
  • New ADA-compliant elevator (completed)
  • Renovation of freight elevator to be ADA-compliant (in progress)
  • Renovations of 65 classrooms, including our special education TEAM classrooms and visual arts labs (in progress)
  • Addition of 15 new classrooms, including two science labs, in the old library and Tutoring Center spaces (in progress)

Why Are Physical Education Facilities So Essential?

FAQ about Project 2

Learn more in these short, powerful videos featuring OPRFHS PE teachers:

About the Pools

Additional Information

This site provides information using PDF, visit this link to download the Adobe Acrobat Reader DC software.