PROJECT—Education,On the Boards

Oak Ridge Elementary School

Client: Sacramento City Unified School District

Size: 53,300 sq. ft.

Completion: Est. July 2025

Delivery Method: Lease-Leaseback

Location: Sacramento, CA

Principal-in-Charge: Brian Maytum

Senior Project Architect: Chris Flatt

Project Architect: Elizabeth Hawks-McBride

Senior Project Coordinator: Peter Dahlmann

Interior Designer: Yesenia Watkins


The original Oak Ridge Elementary School campus, built in 1951, has outlived its useful life. The facilities are deteriorating, and the presence of haphazard portables and an abundance of asphalt makes it an unsuitable environment for effective learning. As part of the Sacramento City Unified School District (SCUSD) $750 million Measure H bond initiative, SCUSD has retained Nacht & Lewis to design a new campus to replace the existing one on the same site, while school is still in session.

The new facility will span 53,300 sq. ft. and be constructed on the current play fields, and consist of a two-story classroom building, kindergartens, preschool, library, exploration lab, multi-purpose room, student services, and a community engagement center. The project is intended to provide improved facilities for the students of the Oak Park area of Sacramento, with an emphasis on equity and inclusion. A key component of the school will be a community outreach facility, also known as a “family room,” which will offer assistance and support to parents and caregivers of students in the surrounding community. The campus is designed around an inner courtyard that is both secure and safe, offering ample outdoor space in a nurturing environment with an emphasis on equity and inclusion.

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