Carlsbad Elementary School #3


The new school is on schedule to break ground this fall for a January 2020 completion. During a recent presentation to the Carlsbad Municipal School Board, we discussed the following items:

  • A contractor is scheduled to be selected through a bid process in September.
  • Teacher and visitor parking will be in the front of the building to avoid traffic through a nearby neighborhood. Buses will utilize the existing bus loop at the Early Childhood Education Center (ECEC) and access a new bus drop off at Elementary School #3.
  • The playground will be located behind the building.
  • Each grade level will have their own wing with six classrooms. An additional centralized seventh floating classroom will also be included for all grades to use during a large student population year.

We're looking forward to entering the next phase of design as we select final interior finishes!

Community Presentation

Thank you for joining us at the community open house for the new Carlsbad Elementary School. On February 27, we met with the community to discuss the design progress of CMS Elementary School #3. We received great feedback and suggestions to consider as we move forward. We appreciate your participation, and we will continue to post design updates!

Community Meeting, February 27
Community Meeting, February 27
Community Meeting, February 27

About the Project

The new Carlsbad Elementary School #3 will combine and replace the Joe Stanley Smith and Craft Elementary School facilities. The new school is scheduled to house a total of 627 students attending grades 1-5. The site of the new elementary school campus will be east of the Early Childhood Education Center (ECEC), and have a Maximum Allowable Construction Cost not exceeding $22,034,224. The design team will be led by Dekker/Perich/Sabatini (D/P/S) and Mitchell & Cruse Architecture, LLC (MCA).

Project Schedule

Programming Phase
November 2017 (completed)
Schematic Design Phase
January 2018 (completed)
Design Development Phase
March 2018 (completed)
Construction Documents Phase   
July 2018
Contractor Selection
September 2018
Construction Phase Begins
October 2018
School Opens
January 2020

Related Articles

New School 2020: Construction on time and underway, design development phase this month, from Current Argus, 03.19.2018

Architectural Firm Gives Update on Elementary School, from Current Argus, 12.20.17

Local Firm to Assist in Elementary School Design, from Current Argus, 11.10.17

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Project Data

District: Carlsbad Municipal Schools
Type of School: Elementary
Location: Lea St. Carlsbad, NM
Population: 627 students
Grades: 1st - 5th grade

Design Team Contacts