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Bruce Vento Elementary School

Bruce Vento Elementary - New Construction Project

Bruce F. Vento Elementary is receiving a newly-constructed, multi-story school building of approximately 160,000 SF. The new building will continue to serve grades PreK-5 and is being expanded to include an Early Childhood and Community Hub providing early childhood programming, specialized services, and community support services through the Achievement Plus model. More details are provided below.

Construction Photos

Design Renderings

Project Overview

Project type: New construction

Project timeline: Fall 2023 to fall 2025 (subject to change)

Budget: $89,900,000

Scope of Work

  • The new building will model sustainability by including a high-performance building envelope, geoexchange system, and the future installation of photovoltaic panels

  • The geoexchange system will be a unique type using groundwater heat exchange – a very clean, energy-efficient system that will require only 4 or 5 wells

  • For safe school use and proper stormwater management, strategies will address the site’s significant elevation change (from northwest to southeast sides of the property)

  • Inclusive restrooms
  • Playground for elementary and early childhood programs along with a general play area

  • Separated parent and bus drop-offs

  • Staff and visitor parking (limited)

School building will be relocated to east side of property

The first image below shows the location of the current school building located on the west side of the property (left side of image). The new school building will be built on the east side of the property (right side of image). The current building will be demolished once the new building is completed. The bus drop off/pick up will be located on the north side.


School building relocation from west to east side of property



Overhead view of new school and landscaped areas


Design feedback from families

We would also like to thank families for providing feedback about what you would like to see at the new school at Bruce Vento’s Back to School Night. Here are the results of what we heard that evening:


How might the new school better serve the community as a hub?



Which environmental resources should be the highest priority?



Which design topics should be the highest priorities?


Receive periodic project updates on Bruce Vento Elementary's new building construction.


June 2024 (see archive of past updates of all capital projects)


Pam Bookhout
Project Manager
Facilities Department 
C: 651-783-6741

Download the project summary:

Vento project summary