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El Camino Fundamental High School Center for the Arts

Project overview

Vanir served as the construction manager for the award-winning El Camino Fundamental High School Center for the Arts—not only was it the first progressive design-build project for the District, but it was delivered early and under budget!

The state-of-the-art venue has a tiered theater of 500 fixed seats and 100 portable seats in the orchestra area, a merchandise and ticket booth area and a lobby/exhibit hall displaying students’ artwork. There were several aspects of the project that contributed to its complexity:

  • CMU block building consists of three different colored/textured blocks of two different sizes in a “specifically random” pattern
  • Complex theatrical lighting, audio/visual and rigging; stringent acoustical requirements
  • Integration of new building with aging fire life safety equipment
  • Heat gain due to west facing lobby with black polished concrete floor
  • Unsuitable soils required varying amounts of over-excavation, as deep as eight feet at the building pad area

We truly felt that our needs were a priority for Vanir and we had a fantastic experience as customers.

– Randy Holcomb, Principal, El Camino Fundamental High School


CMAA Northern California Chapter – 2019 Project Achievement Award, Buildings Less Than $20 Million | Sacramento Business Journal – Top Real Estate Development Project, Education | Concrete Masonry Association of California and Nevada – Honor Award

Sacramento, California
San Juan Unified School District



McCarthy Building Companies, Inc.

Square Footage
14,400 SF
Construction Cost
$14.8 Million
Start Date
Completion Date