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Mission Statement

To provide facilities and environments that meet the educational needs of students and staff in a way that:

  • Provides space and equipment that enhances learning.
  • Provides safe environments conforming to all federal, state and local codes and all State Board of Education and local Board of Education requirements.
  • Provides lasting, quality structures with building materials that have a long life and ease of maintenance and repair.
  • Provides cost effective buildings while responsibly spending tax generated funds so that student achievement and learning is enhanced. 


  • Assure effective land and building utilization through a comprehensive program of professional facilities planning and capital development.
  • Plan and develop campus facilities and grounds through an integrated program of renovations, alterations, new construction and maintenance support.
  • Continually develop, evaluate, and administer, criteria and standards for the design, construction, and aesthetic improvement of all campus facilities and grounds.  


  • We are a service organization dedicated to the success and satisfaction of students, staff and parents. 
  • Each individual is a team member who contributes to the decision making process. 
  • We seek creative and innovative solutions to meet the needs of students, staff and parents within the NMUSD family
  • We stress a safe campus environment for our students, staff, parents and visitors.
  • We promote personal growth of our staff through education and training. 


Facility Planning

  • Establishes District Design Standards
  • Oversees Facility Alterations and Improvements
  • Site Modifications
  • Provides Project Management
  • Manages Capital Projects
  • Responds to Fire and Life Safety Issues
  • Maintains District Blue Prints to all District Facilities
  • Annual School Site Capacity Updates
  • Master Planning
  • Photo Documentation of Projects and School Sites           


  • Request for Proposals (RFP) solicited from architects and engineers for district project
  • Provides construction management
  • Provides DSA licensed Inspectors of Records (IOR) for all projects.             

Government Affairs

  • California Department of Education (CDE)
  • Office of Public School Construction (OPSC)
  • Department State Architect (DSA)
  • American with Disabilities Compliance
  • Air Quality Management District (AQMD)
  • City of Costa Mesa
  • City of Newport Beach
  • Costa Mesa Sanitation District
  • Mesa Consolidated Water District
  • Local Fire Authority
  • Legal Coordination with County Council            

Contract Administration

  • Contracts with Architectural Firms for New Construction/Remodels
  • Contracts work with General and Specialty Contractors
  • Maintains Property Leases at School Sites, District Sites and Other
  • District Related Venues.

Contact Us

Ara K. Wiggins, LEED AP
Administrative Director II, Facilities Development, Planning and Design

Lori Horrell
Administrative Assistant II

Steve Morris
Facilities Planning Coordinator
District Project Inspector 
DSA #5981

Erica DiCioccio
Facilities Planning Coordinator

Jaime Vejar, Jr.
Facilities Analyst