Boze Elementary School Replacement

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Boze new building construction kicks off Monday

With construction on the new Boze Elementary starting Monday, you will begin to see a lot of changes. The school day routine, however, will remain largely the same for staff, students and families.

Korsmo Construction will start its work by installing safety fencing to separate the existing school building, play areas and parking lots from the construction zone.

Students who walk to school using the entrances off East 68th Street can continue to access the school that way, although the entrances will get moved over a few feet. Korsmo will add new fencing and a gravel path there. Parking lots and drop-off areas will not change.

The fencing will cut off some of the current play area, so Principal Wilkins plans to make more use of the west side of the campus for recess and outdoor P.E.

How will construction impact the neighborhood?
We know from experience bringing a major construction project into a neighborhood impacts its residents. Tacoma Public Schools and Korsmo Construction want to limit that impact as much as possible and make sure neighbors know what to expect. Take a look at this list of Frequently Asked Questions for details: 

What’s the construction and demolition schedule?

  • Mobilization and site work:  Start March 18, 2019
  • School construction:  March 18, 2019 – May 31, 2020
  • Demolition of existing buildings:  June 2020 – October 2020
  • School opens: September 2020

How will trucks access the site?
Trucks hauling materials to and from the site will travel down East 68th and East L. 

Where will the construction entrance be located?
During Phase 1 (March 2019 – June 2020), there will be two construction entrances off East 68th Street. One will be at the corner of East 68th and East L; the other will be at the corner of East 68th and East K. 

During Phase 2 (June 2020 – October 2020), there will be two construction entrances off East 65th Street. One will be at the west end, near the current bus drop off loop. The other will be at the east end of 65th street, near the parent drop off. 

Where will work crews park?
Construction workers will park on the newly graded area on East 68th Street, between East L and East K.  Construction crews will generally arrive at the site at 6 a.m. and leave between 3:30-5:30 p.m. 

As construction workers join the project team, they will attend a staff safety orientation to learn about the project’s zero-tolerance policy for illegal parking.  

How will the construction affect residential parking and driving?
Utility work and street improvement work on East 68th and East 65th will likely have the most significant impact on residential parking and driving. The East 68 Street work will occur approximately April – May 2020.  East 65th work will occur June – August 2020.  

Neighbors will experience brief traffic revisions on 65th street during the asphalt overlay. Traffic control might be needed to complete work on East 68th street, near the corners of East L and East K streets. The construction team will work to minimize impacts, prevent road closures and notify neighbors of disruptions. 

What street and pedestrian safety improvements are planned, and when they will occur?

  • East 68th will get new sidewalks, street lighting, utilities, paving and landscaping between East L and East K in spring 2020.
  • East 65th will get new sidewalks, street lighting, utilities, paving and landscaping in August 2020.

What’s the staff and visitor parking plan once the school is complete?
There will be new, separate staff and visitor parking lots north of the new school. 

Where will school buses and parents drop off students?
Parent and bus drop off areas will be in separate locations. The bus loop will be on the west end of East 65th, and the parent drop off will be on the east side of East 65th.  

Will there be permanent changes to the community garden as a result of the project?
Yes. The existing community garden will be relocated to the southeast corner of the site.  This work will occur March – April 2019.  

What are the work hours on the site, and how far will the noise travel?
Typical work hours are Monday - Friday, 6 a.m. - 5 p.m. during the work week. If weekend work is required, those hours are the same (there will be no heavy equipment operations before 9 a.m. on weekends). We reduce noise when possible and make certain we are below the permissible Tacoma Municipal Code sound levels, both indoor and outdoor. 

What will happen to the existing building? Will materials be salvaged or recycled?
Students will attend school in the existing building through June 2020.  After the new school is completed, the existing buildings will be demolished during summer 2020. The existing loose furniture and items will be salvaged by TPS where possible. Building demolition materials will be salvaged and recycled where possible; everything else will be recycled or disposed of. 

Cheers, tears, “oohs” and “aahs” mark the Boze groundbreaking celebration 

Boze students, staff, families and neighbors showed all the feels when they got a peek at what their future school will look like. Shouts of excitement and tears of pride marked the ceremony, where Boze students shared art quilts themed “Who We Are,” before they marched outside to dig into the space where their new school will stand. 

Construction starts this month. Boze students expect to celebrate their first day in their new building in September 2020. 

Check out students’ reactions to seeing a video of their new school for the first time.

Take a look at the full animated video here.

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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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