Folsom Cordova Unified School District and Roebbelen Contracting held a “topping out” ceremony to mark the placement of the final beam on the new, HMC-designed Alder Creek Elementary School in Folsom, California. The HMC Architects design team, Roebbelen Contracting, trade partners, district representatives, and faculty attended the event to celebrate this construction milestone.  

The design of the 9.9-acre, 80,000 SF Alder Creek follows that of the HMC-designed district prototype school, Mangini Ranch Elementary School, which opened in August of 2021 and incorporates learnings from its construction and occupancy. The single-building, two-story school will accommodate 661 TK through fifth-grade students with 27 classrooms — 20 conventional, six TK/kindergarten, one special education, and one flex room with a stage and media center.   

Alder Creek broke ground in April and the prototype process is a big advantage in terms of expediting the construction process. The district is planning for three additional elementary schools following this prototype to serve the Folsom Ranch community, a new housing development in Folsom, CA. Construction on Alder Creek Elementary School will be completed in August 2024, in time for the 2024/25 school year.