Alum Rock Union ESD

New San Antonio Elementary School Takes Shape

Project Overview

The Alum Rock Union School District’s New San Antonio Elementary is a $20 million “all-in” project including 39,800 square feet of new construction on an 8.1 acres site and will serve grades K-6. The project includes replacing existing portables with permanent classrooms, providing multipurpose and support facilities, improved playfields, landscaping, parking, and vehicle drop off.

Agency Approval & State Funding

The District was eligible for approximately $8 million in State Aid and faced losing their eligibility without swift project approval. In only 165 days, CFW navigated the District’s design selection, obtained Division of State Architect (DSA) and California Department of Education (CDE) approval, and filed for State funding. The DSA/CDE process alone usually takes about 9-12 months depending upon the complexity of the project. The need to qualify for remaining State Aid eligibility prompted the District’s urgency.

“I am pleased with the personal attention and high level of service provided. I want to thank the project team, including the program administrator, Caldwell Flores Winters, NTD Architects, and Blach Construction as construction manager for the stellar job they were able to do for us,” said Alum Rock Superintendent Jose Manzo.

Completing the design and obtaining swift approval by DSA/CDE maintained the District’s eligibility for approximately $8 million of State aid.


In June 2010, the District celebrated the project’s groundbreaking and the project is currently under construction. The new school is scheduled to open in Fall 2011.

Groundbreaking Ceremony - June 2010

January 2011 Construction Progress