Sucess Stories

Cadence Tutoring Center Built at Dorsa Elementary School in Record Time

Need and Challenges:

State of California honored Dorsa Elementary School in San Jose as a "Distinguished School." Located in the Alum Rock School District, over 80% of the school's students come from Spanish-speaking homes. In addition to the outstanding work of the students and teachers, many attribute the school's success to their on-site homework center. It enabled students to be tutored on various subjects in Spanish and English languages. This contrasts with the English-only classroom instruction required by the State of California.

Unfortunately, space needs of the school required that the homework center be closed down and converted into a classroom. Alarmed by this situation, a teacher contacted corporations to request financial support to build a new homework center. Cadence Design Systems came to the rescue.

Role of Underwood & Rosenblum, Inc.:

Cadence leadership turned to U&R to plan and manage the entire construction project. This was because U&R brings expertise in civil engineering and surveying for schools and other medium-sized projects. Our firm had also been working with Cadence and the school district on other projects. To be finished before the start of the next school year, U&R completed the entire project from beginning to end within a record four-month period. U&R:

  • Developed the site plan.
  • Chose and managed the contractor, building manufacturer, architect and engineers, although this is not traditionally part of the civil engineer's responsibility.
  • Managed the process and State of California approvals.
  • Donated all services provided by U&R's company President Frank Rosenblum.


Cadence Tutoring Center opened on budget and before the new school year started. It has all of the permits required by the State, although permits alone typically take many months. Students at Dorsa not only can continue benefiting from tutoring services, but also now have access to a new computer lab that Cadence donated. Cadence Design Systems organized a major event for the community to celebrate the grand opening.