Browns Point Elementary School

​​​News & updates

Excavation and grading happening at Browns Point

Construction crews are making noticeable progress on the site of the new Browns Point Elementary, starting with demolition, excavation and grading. Some of the visible changes include:

  • Skanska, the contractor, set up construction trailers on the east side of the school as well as fencing around the construction site.
  • An existing City-owned storm drain needs to be removed to allow for building construction. That required a new connection to the storm system in 51st Street N.E. and new pipe across the school site; that portion of the work was completed in late October.
  • Skanska obtained the site development permit for the project, allowing them to begin grading and excavation for the site and building foundation. That work has started.
  • Skanska demolished the tennis courts and bus barn and removed the small playground structure on the east side of the school.
  • They are working on the site storm drainage improvements, including installation of a storm detention pipe.  

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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