Boze Elementary School Replacement

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Get your first look at the new Boze

Welcoming. Meaningful. Equitable. Supportive. Engaging. Relevant.

When Boze parents and staff talked about what they hoped the new Boze Elementary would look and feel like, those are some of the words they used. 

When thinking about how her future classroom could differ from her current classroom, one teacher said with a smile, “I just want a door!”

The new school, created by the Tacoma-based design-build team of Korsmo Construction and BCRA—with input from Boze teachers, parents and community members—was designed with all of those things in mind.

The new, two-story Boze will have:

  • Two “makerspaces,” one on the first floor for wet projects like art and a dry space on the second floor for activities like robotics
  • Dedicated community room big enough for 40 people for use before, during and after school
  • Dedicated W.I.C. (women, infants, and children) clinic
  • Parent pick-up and drop-off separated from bus loading/unloading and staff parking 
  • Separate play areas and equipment for preschool students
  • Safety measures such as an intercom system, secured access, fenced play areas and cameras
  • Community playfields along the front of the school (East 65th Street)
  • Community garden at the south end of the property (East 68th Street)
  • Two covered play areas (one for K-5, one for preschool)
  • A family wall near the main entrance meant to welcome and acknowledge the school’s diversity, including the many languages spoken by Boze families

180927_Boze Rendering_cropped.jpg  Rendering of the new Boze entry

180927_Boze Exterior Entry_Cropped.jpg  Close-up view of the new entry with a shadow element from the canopy
East Elevation.jpg Drawing of the building from the east
North Elevation.jpg Drawing of the building from the north

South Elevation 1.jpgDrawing of the building from the south
West Elevation.jpgDrawing of the building from the west

What's next
Crews will break ground on the new school in spring 2019. The new school is expected to open in fall 2020.

Students will remain in the existing school while their new school gets built. The new, two-story school can hold 550 students, preschool through fifth grade, about the same amount as the existing school and its portable classrooms. At 60,000 square feet, it’s about 3,000 square feet bigger than the existing school. Driveway access to the new school will be along East 65th Street,  as it is now.

Boze will continue to serve as a STEAM school (Science and Technology, interpreted through Engineering and the Arts, all based in Mathematical elements) focused on project-based learning partnered with TAF, the Technology Access Foundation.

About the project

​Project overview

Boze Elementary School serves approximately 520 preschool through fifth-grade students in Tacoma's East Side neighborhood. The current building was constructed in 1969, with the addition of a fifth "quad" in the 1970s.

Students will remain on site during construction,  

Projected capacity: 550 
Projected budget: $35.3 million 
Design builder and architect: Korsmo Construction and BCRA
Design: April 2018 - July 2019
Construction: May 2019 - August 2020
Expected opening: Fall 2020

This project is funded by the $500 million school construction bond voters passed in 2013.

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