Imagine OPRF Facilities Project

Oak Park and River Forest High School soon will undergo the most significant renovations to its facilities in 50 years. The district has hired FGM Architects to design the project, which will include construction/renovation of the following:

  • 76 general education classrooms
  • Classrooms, kitchen, laundry area, sensory room, and ADA-compliant restroom for the Special Education TEAM (Transitional Education with Access to the Mainstream) program
  • First phase of student commons (east first, second, and third floors)
  • Student resource center (library and tutoring center)
  • South Cafeteria
  • Main entrance
  • All-gender restrooms
  • Three science labs
  • Daycare facilities (infant room)
  • ADA-compliant elevator in the north end of the building

The total estimated project cost is $32,631,500. Funding will come from existing cash reserves, thereby avoiding a tax increase to property owners and preserving the district’s debt-free status.

The date for ground-breaking has not been set yet; the earliest it would occur is late spring/early summer 2020. 

The facilities master plan is an outcome of the Imagine OPRF Work Group process. Formed in spring 2017, the Imagine OPRF Work Group was charged with making recommendations to the Board of Education for a fiscally responsible facilities master plan that supports equity and current and future academic programming needs. Imagine OPRF was a largely community-based, 40-member committee that spent approximately 15 months conducting intensive research and gathering stakeholder input to identify facility needs.

For more information, see the links to the right.