Menchaca Elementary School

Menchaca Elementary School was one of the first modernization projects completed as part of the 2017 Bond program.

The rich history of Menchaca Elementary began in the late 1800s. Named after Tejano Army Officer José Antonio Menchaca, it was originally built as a one-room schoolhouse. The new facility is the fifth version of Menchaca Elementary in the community. The modernized 98,600-square-foot campus was originally conceived as a single building with interior circulation, but the design evolved through an extensive process that engaged teachers, parents and students.

The ground-up design for Menchaca Elementary School illustrates how a commitment to community engagement, research and innovative learning environments can change the course of a campus. Early discussions focused on broad concepts, including the natural beauty of the site, which included several mature Texas oak trees. The end result is a collection of three buildings with shaded outdoor collaboration spaces designed around the heritage oak trees. 

The buildings form two courtyards linked by a second-story bridge that houses an innovative library media center and makerspaces specifically designed for the school. More than 30 percent of the site is open, vegetated space, creating direct links between the outdoors and learning environments. Sustainability and energy efficiency were also baked into every aspect of the design. The new school is an Austin Energy Green Building and the campus is designed to meet LEED certification, including a commitment to air quality and overall wellness for the students and faculty.

Project Timeline

*Timeline and rendering subject to change

Latest Updates

Project Drone Footage: February 2020

Mar 31,2020 All Schools

The video is available in Spanish here/Este video está disponible en Español aquí 0:03 – New Blazier Relief School1:07 – Bowie High School2:09 – Doss Elementary School3:17…

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COVID-19 Construction Update for the Austin ISD 2017 Bond Program

Mar 30,2020 All Schools

Available in Spanish below / En Español a continuación Austin ISD community, We hope this update finds you and your loved ones safe and healthy.…

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Project Drone Footage: January 2020

Feb 27,2020 All Schools

The video is available in Spanish here/Este video está disponible en Español aquí 0:02 – Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders 1:14 – New Blazier Relief…

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Key Information

  • Modernization Budget: $33,300,000
  • Total Budget: $33,351,000
  • Opening Date: January 8, 2020
  • Trustee: Geronimo Rodriguez, Jr.
  • Location: 12120 Manchaca Rd., Austin, Texas 78748
  • Existing Capacity: 606
  • New Capacity: 870
  • 2016/2017 Utilization: 123%

Project Team

  • Design-Build Team:
  • Campus Architectural Team:
    • Eliza Loyola, Principal
    • Ann Weitzman, Instructional Staff
    • Mary Tijerina, Instructional Staff
    • Leslie Rubio, Instructional Staff
    • Ariel Greco-Belz, Administrative Staff
    • Lydia Valdes, Parent
    • Shannon Puzey, Parent
    • Cat Young, Community Member
    • Trudy Richards, Community Member
    • Jason White, Community Member