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The Birney Elementary School Replacement Project has reached the schematic design stage where McGranahan Architects have put forth design concepts from their work with the Birney Design Advisory Committee (a team of Birney teachers, administrators and parents). This design incorporates key characteristics the committee chose for the project.
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Download architect presentation (PDF)
This is where the architect and project manager will work closely with Birney teachers and other TPS departments and stakeholders to refine the design and ensure the eventual finalized design meets the real-life needs of the community. This phase also includes integrating the design of mechanical, electrical and structural systems with the whole project. Design development typically takes about 4 months.
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Birney Elementary is home to three Deaf and Hard of Hearing Programs for preschool through fifth grade. Birney also offers a special education program and HeadStart preschool. Birney currently serves approximately 470 students in Tacoma's South End. The current building was built in 1962, with the addition of a gymnasium and resource room in 1972.
Students might remain on site during construction, depending on where the new building ends up being located. If needed, the school may be temporarily housed at one of the district's transition sites. Bus transportation will be provided if that happens.
Student capacity: 450-500 studentsProjected budget: $30 million Architect: McGranahan Architects Design: September 2016 - March 2018 Contractor: TBD (selection expected in spring 2018)Construction: June 2018 - August 2019 Expected opening: Fall 2019
This project is funded by the $500 million school construction bond voters passed in 2013.
We are pleased
to report that progress is being made on the construction of the new Birney Elementary School.
entered into the environmental review portion of the process and have issued a Determination of
Non-Significance for this project, which means that this proposal will not
have significant adverse impact on the environment.
Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) process is a state requirement intended to
ensure state and local agencies consider the likely environmental consequences
of a proposed project before the project begins. The City of Tacoma also
requires submittal of SEPA materials as part of the building and site
development permit review.
These documents are available for public and agency review:
If you wish to
appeal this determination, please submit a written statement requesting an
appeal, specifying (a) the determination being appealed; (b) the errors
complained of; (c) the corrective action being sought (d) the reasons why the
determination should be changed; and (e) whether further oral or written comment
or a hearing is requested to firstname.lastname@example.org or send written comments
to Morris Aldridge, Executive Director of Planning and Construction, 3223 S. Union
Ave., Tacoma, WA 98409 by 4 p.m.,
Dec. 14, 2017.
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