Browns Point Elementary School

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Kids make their mark on new building

Browns Point students, including Finley O'Connell, Tristan Nicodemus, Carter Scharpp and Jayden Orton,  have a permanent place in their new school. They have signed their names on a beam that'll be visible in the new building's staff lounge. Crews placed that beam March 14 then added an evergreen tree and American flag -  a construction tradition marking the milestone of a structure reaching its full height.


Going vertical at Browns Point 

Crews have been busy installing steel at the new Browns Point Elementary over the last couple of weeks, giving shape to the building. Steel installation will continue through mid-March.

Concrete slab placement in the commons area is now complete. Crews are focusing on the steel and site improvements, including curbing in the bus loop, and storm drainage.

A crane lowers steel to its destination.

BPES 63.jpgThe north classroom wing, near the gym, gets its steel.

First-grader lets construction crews know what he thinks

Browns Point first-grader Jacob Levitt loves watching things get built, so watching his new school go up day by day is quite a thrill.

"He can't wait to get up in the morning and see what's new out there as he walks to school," said his mom, Julie Connors.

He totes his "thank you" sign with him most days for the Browns Point construction crews to see.

Jacob, thank you for that message. Your new school is about 25 percent complete.

Jacob.JPGFirst-grader and happy activist Jacob Levitt likes to let construction crews working on his new
school know how he feels about what they're building for him and his classmates.

Live web cam: construction in progress

Follow the progress on the new Browns Point with this live web cam access. (If you're having trouble viewing this, try opening the page in Internet Explorer and enabling Adobe Flash.)

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: 25%
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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