Browns Point Elementary School

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Milestone at Browns Point: First concrete pour for school

Crews working on Browns Point Elementary have been taking advantage of the dry weather this week by working 10-hour days; they will work this Saturday as well, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Construction hit a milestone Thursday, Dec. 7, when the first concrete for the new school was poured for the footings in the new school's gym.

The focus at the site right now is finishing footings, and grading the south parking area and playground.
Other significant points of recent progress are:

  • Excavating the area for the elevator pit
  • Placing a storm detention system on the north side of the site

Lending a hand

Skanska, the general contractor on the project, teamed up with school counselors in Northeast Tacoma to help 81 children in the community in need over the holidays. They set up a giving tree and asked for support from all of the construction staff working on the new Browns Point building. 

About the project

Stats and plans

Browns Point Elementary School includes kindergarten through fifth grade. The existing facility, on 18.72 acres, consists of two buildings, the original 1951 Browns Point Elementary (23,965 square feet) and the original 1960 ​​Meeker Middle School (50,813 square feet). The new Browns Point Elementary School building will be built adjacent to the existing old Meeker Middle School building.

During construction, students will continue to attend classes in the original Browns Point Elementary School building and old Meeker Middle School building.

Once the new school is complete and students have moved in, the old Meeker Middle School building will be demolished and additional parking added.

The district will retain the original Browns Point Elementary School building (including classrooms, a gym, cafeteria and stage). 

Tacoma’s new school buildings incorporate the district’s vision for kid-centered, flexible spaces.


Estimate budget: $36.8 million

Construction starts: October 2017
Anticipated opening: 
Fall/Winter of the 2018-19 school year

Architect: TCF Architecture

Contractor: Skanska USA

Site plan, logistics
Site plan

First floor plan

Second floor plan


Construction phasing logistics 

Fun stuff

Check out students’ reactions to seeing a video of their new school for the first time. 

Take a look at the full animated building video here.

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