Project Planning and Administration
David Weniger, Director of Facilities and Operations
Carpinteria Unified School District
David Weniger is CUSD’s Director of Facilities and Operations. David brings more than three decades of experience managing design and construction projects as a facilities staff member at neighboring school districts. His most recent experience is with Santa Barbara Unified School District. During his time at SBUSD, David worked on the planning and implementation of six general obligation bond measures totaling more than $200 million in construction.
David has worked on a variety of modernization and new construction projects and understands how to balance the needs of the school site and the project’s priorities with the construction budget. David will be instrumental in working with the design teams to keep our campuses safe and operational during construction and minimize disruption to the learning environment. David is deeply invested in the successful outcome of Measure U. He is a resident of Carpinteria and has lived here with his family for over 30 years.
Cindy Abbott, Measure U Facilities Coordinator
Carpinteria Unified School District
Cindy Abbott is CUSD’s in-house Measure U Facilities Coordinator. Cindy assists David Weniger, Director of Facilities, and the architectural teams with implementation of Measure U projects. Her primary responsibility is managing and reporting the expenditure of Measure U funds. Prior to Measure U, Cindy was CUSD’s Assistant Superintendent of Business Services for 14 years and retired in June 2016. She was instrumental in the development of our Facilities Master Plan and the passage of Measure U as well as the first issuance of the bond sale. She is incredibly knowledgeable of our District’s processes and procedures and truly cares about our students and our schools. She will be a huge asset to the Measure U team.
Robert Robles, Architect, NCARB
Robert Robles Architecture Inc.
Robert Robles is Principal Architect of Robert Robles Architecture, Inc. He is a licensed architect who is passionate about designing educational facilities. Robert has worked with a number of school districts throughout Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties, including Carpinteria Unified School District and Santa Barbara Unified School District, and brings over two decades of experience in the industry.
Robert first discovered architecture as a child riding his bike through historic neighborhoods in Pasadena. At that time, he didn’t know he was gazing upon works created by Greene & Greene and Frank Lloyd Wright. Nevertheless, a seed was planted. Later, during his studies at Berkeley, Robert rediscovered architecture as a perfect vehicle to unify his varied interests in the arts, sciences, and classics.
Since then, he has spent the majority of his professional career specializing in educational architecture. He designs with a unique insight into the demands of teaching, since he draws from his firsthand classroom experiences as an instructor. In addition to his dedication to architecture, he loves spending time with his family—especially camping trips with his wife and daughter.
Robert Robles will work on the following campuses:
- Aliso Elementary School
- Canalino Elementary School
- Carpinteria Children’s Project at Main
- Carpinteria Family School
- Rincon High School
Joe Wilcox, AIA
Joe Wilcox is a California licensed architect who brings more than 40 years of experience planning, designing and overseeing the construction of educational facilities. He graduated from Cal Poly State University, San Luis Obispo, with a Bachelor of Architecture, and then went on to receive his Masters in Environmental Planning, from the School of Architecture, Arizona State University.
As President of Kruger Bensen Ziemer Architects, Joe has served as principal-in-charge and the architect of record for a variety of modernization and new construction projects for local school districts totaling more than $50,000,000 in construction over the last 20 years. He is equally skilled in his ability to work with Site Committees and large, diverse groups of project stakeholders to build consensus about the project’s priorities, goals and budget parameters. Involved in a project from planning through construction, Joe enjoys developing designs that meet the educational needs of the project and reflect the unique identity of each campus.
In addition to Carpinteria Unified School District where he served as the Project Architect for the Carpinteria High School Culinary Arts Academy, Joe has completed work for Santa Barbara Unified School District, Goleta Union School District, Laguna Blanca School, Lompoc Unified School District, Cold Spring School District, Los Olivos School District and Conejo Valley Unified School District, to name a few.
Under the direction of Joe Wilcox, KBZ Architects will work on the following campuses:
- Summerland Elementary School
- Carpinteria Middle School
- Carpinteria High School