Browns Point Elementary School

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Second-grader's gratitude leads to summer construction adventure

Browns Point Elementary second-grader Jacob Levitt wakes up each day to a view of his new school being built, and he can’t get enough. He loves all things construction, including the team that’s building his school. So Jacob and a family friend devised a way to show the construction crew how he feels about the whole thing.

They crafted a heavy duty “thank you” sign, and Jacob carries it on his walk to school every day, pausing to show it to members of the construction crews and say hello. His mom, Julie Connors, said she teaches her son it’s important to show gratitude for what people provide. She’s proud of Jacob and his dedication to thanking the men and women building his new school.

Tacoma Public Schools and Skanska Construction wanted to return the favor and show Jacob what his dedication and thanks mean, so we made him “honorary site superintendent of the day” at Browns Point. Jacob met with site crew leaders to learn about their jobs, toured the new building including his new second-grade classroom and did a little work, including caulking, painting, and spreading cement.

Take a look at his big day.

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They grow so fast

Take a look at this time-lapse video showing the new Browns Point Elementary starting from the concrete floor slabs and a couple of gym walls. In reality, it takes a bit longer, of course. The school will open in late fall or early winter.

You can also click here to see what's happening right now on the live construction web-cam. Use internet Explorer with Adobe Flash enabled to view the live feed.)


About the project

Project overview

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 started: October 2017
Percent complete: 50%
Anticipated opening: Fall/Winter of the 2018-19 school year
Architect: TCF Architecture
Contractor: Skanska USA

Site plan, logistics
Site 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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