“After an extensive Request for Qualifications and a strict scoring of proposals from three companies, McCarthy Building Companies and HGA Architects & Engineers have been selected to design and build the future performing arts center (PAC) at El Camino Fundamental High School.

Artist’s rendering of the lobby

“Part of the team’s proposal included an initial concept drawing for the PAC’s exterior and interior components. These drawings are not final and are very likely to be changed in the coming months as McCarthy and HGA meet with school and district representatives. However, they do provide an initial look at what the PAC could look like.

“The initial design reflects a relatively simple exterior look, but a very functional 500-plus seat theater acoustically engineered for great music.

“Stay tuned for further updates on this Measure N signature project as planning and design work continues.” -Courtesy of San Juan Unified School District’s Construction News Blog

Artist’s rendering of the stage and seats

The 12,000+ square foot single-story visual and performing arts center will:

  • Be functional for all ECHS performing and visual arts program needs
  • Seat 500 audience members
  • Strengthen the connection between campus and community
  • Provide curb appeal through its orientation to the campus and community
  • Include state-of-the-art audio and video systems, i.e. video recording and transmission, sound amplification, theatrical lighting, TV monitors, projection screen, assistive listening, back stage intercom, and video monitors.
  • Superior acoustics for a wide range of uses, including recitals, lectures, concerts, dance and drama productions
  • Include a 1,170 square foot stage, a 700 square foot orchestra pit, back stage and wing space, loading dock, storage yard, back stage dressing rooms, large indoor lobby and gallery space, outdoor covered patio, tiered and sloped seating for ideal sightlines, sound and lighting booth, and an outdoor amphitheater area.


  • January 2017:  Approval of architectural designs by state of California
  • June 6, 2017:  Official ground breaking ceremony
  • Spring 2018:  Doors open


McCarthy set up some heavy equipment for the occasion.
The choir sings the National Anthem.







SJUSD trustees and our superintendent
Turning the first spade of dirt.