Carlsbad Elementary School #3

Update: 9/24/2018

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 699 students attending grades 1-5. The site of the new elementary school campus will be east of the Early Childhood Education Center (ECEC). The design team will be led by Dekker/Perich/Sabatini (D/P/S) and Mitchell & Cruse Architecture, LLC (MCA).

Construction is Underway!

The contractor, Bradbury Stamm Construction, was selected via low bid process. The Carlsbad Municipal Schools School Board voted to include the original base bid building for 627 students, the construction of three additional classrooms increasing the building capacity to 699 students, and the public right-of-way deceleration lane into the project. Read about the groundbreaking ceremony.


Project Stats

Grades: 1-5 Students: 699
Project Building Size: 83,842 sf
Project Site Size: 12.6 acres
Project Construction Cost: $23,364,000
Project Construction Schedule: September 2018 to November 2019
School Opening Date is set for January 2020

Project Schedule

Programming PhaseNovember 2017 (completed)
Schematic Design PhaseJanuary 2018 (completed)
Design Development PhaseMarch 2018 (completed)
Construction Documents PhaseJuly 2018 (completed)
Contractor SelectionSeptember 2018 (completed)
Construction Phase BeginsOctober 2018
School OpensJanuary 2020


Frequently Asked Questions


Update: 4/4/2018 | School Board Presentation

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!


Update: 2/27/2018 | 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!


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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Learn More About the Project Team

Bradbury Stamm Construction