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On the Boards – Education

From concept design through construction administration, Nacht & Lewis is pleased to share details of exciting new projects we are working on. Take a look at what we've got on the boards with highlights of our latest projects in-progress.

Dry Creek Joint Elementary School District – District Education Center

At over 16,000 square feet, the District Education Center (DEC) will house the District’s administration functions including the Offices of the Superintendent, Education Services, Human Resources and Fiscal Services. The building is the primary business center for the District but also serves as a community center and staff training facility. A large community room will be open for public use, serve as the public Board Chambers and will be used as a training center for District teachers and staff.

The project will be located on the District-owned property on the existing Creekview Ranch Middle School site and will be reflective of the area’s rural agricultural history. With the middle school designed with a barn-like vocabulary of steel and corrugated metal siding, the DEC will complement this industrial design with a more residential scale representative of a rural farmhouse.

The project is being delivered on an extremely tight budget and schedule. With just over $6 million in available funding, the building is being designed with efficiency and durability in mind. Repetitive structural framing and panelized construction lend to the building’s cost-effectiveness and speed of construction.

The facility is scheduled to open in Spring 2018.


  • Programming
  • Design
  • Interior Design
  • Construction Documents
  • Agency Approval
  • Bid Assistance
  • Construction Administration
  • Agency Closeout & Certification

Elk Grove Unified School District – James Rutter Middle School

On April 6, 2017, an apparent arson fire broke out at James Rutter Middle School (Elk Grove Unified School District) and caused an estimated $1.2 million-worth of damage to an existing classroom building. The building, having been used for the school’s science program, was in bad shape and needed to be fixed quickly. Elk Grove USD made the decision to award the 7,000 s.f. emergency repair project, to Nacht & Lewis who have been working with the school district since the successful passage of their Measure M facilities bond program in November 2016. Nacht & Lewis jumped at the opportunity to help repair and renovate the damaged structure and get students back in their classrooms as soon as possible.

After the building was stabilized by Belfor Property Restoration, Nacht & Lewis got to work on the design of the structure’s shoring and building stabilization, as well as the complex restoration package. Since the original building was constructed in 1965, code-required upgrades and ADA improvements became major priorities for the project. Nacht & Lewis suggested a modest programming upgrade that reorganized the building’s space and storage plans to be more conducive to contemporary curriculum and student needs for access to technology in the classroom. Due to the severe damage caused by the fire, a temporary portable classroom plan was implemented to keep the campus and learning on-track during reconstruction. After further assessment, the District decided to accelerate the current Measure M master plan work on the campus and have Nacht & Lewis design and construct a new science building that will be specifically designed and utilized for modern science and laboratory use, freeing the soon-to-be renovated structure for additional classroom programs.

The James Rutter Middle School fire restoration project is currently in DSA for review; bidding is now underway and will be awarded by mid-July, with reconstruction set to begin by the end of the same month. The project is slated to be delivered in time for Thanksgiving break 2017.

Nacht & Lewis is also currently working with Elk Grove USD at Florin High School to implement the Measure M master plan upgrades at Florin High School. Nacht & Lewis is proud to back working on a campus they designed and built in 1988. A current summer project is underway to upgrade the HVAC system, roof, restore exterior masonry and paint the campus. Future projects will include interior classroom improvements for 21st century learning environments and to accommodate the expansion of career technical education programs. Both Elk Grove USD projects are being funded by the Measure M facilities bond program which was unanimously passed by voters in November 2016. Nacht & Lewis is proud to be part of the massive program.