Michael Sedar (plaintiff), a 19-year-old college student at Kent State University, was severely injured after his right hand and arm went through a panel of wire-reinforced glass in one of the doors in his dormitory. The dormitory had been designed in the early 1960s by architectural engineers Larson & Nassau (defendant) and constructed by Knowlton Construction Company (Knowlton) (defendant). Less than two years after the incident, Sedar filed suit against defendants alleging they had been negligent and careless in the design and construction of the dormitory, including the glass door. The defendants moved for summary judgment on the ground that Sedar’s action was barred by the ten-year statute of repose. The trial court agreed and granted the defendants’ motion. Sedar appealed. The court of appeals affirmed. The Ohio Supreme Court granted certiorari to review.