Crews have begun grading and other work at the site of the new Dougherty Valley elementary school, which officials hope to have up and running in about a year and half.
"We are very excited to start moving dirt for the new school," said Mary Shelton, superintendent of the San Ramon Valley Unified School District. "Although an aggressive construction schedule, we are hopeful this new school will be open in time for start of the 2015-16 school year."
The future campus -- projected to house more than 800 students -- is part of the district's strategy to address ongoing concerns such as overcrowding, estimated enrollment increases and students being diverted away from their neighborhood elementary school.
The roughly 8-acre site is located in a currently undeveloped portion of the burgeoning Dougherty Valley community in eastern San Ramon, approximately half a mile southwest of the Dougherty Station Community Center and Library.
District officials hope to begin building the new school this May, after the grading and site work is completed. Campus construction is estimated at $29.6 million and will be funded through Measure D, the $260 million school facilities bond passed locally in November 2012.
Designs call for the school to feature two-story classroom buildings, a multipurpose room and sports fields. The SRVUSD plans to accommodate about 830 students in kindergarten through fifth grades.
Developer Shapell Industries donated the 7.9 acres for the new school site. The land designation, agreed to in March 2012, was the result of a public-private partnership between Shapell, the school district and the city of San Ramon.
The ballfields on campus will double as future city parkland, and the site is adjacent to a planned 30-acre public park, school officials said.