Boze Elementary School Replacement

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New beginning for Boze

"What's happening back there?"

"Where exactly is that new school going to be?"

"How do you think things are going?"

From day one of construction, curious Boze students couldn't help but notice the start of big changes on their campus and wonder about all the details. They're seeing fencing go up and big machinery making its way across the south side of campus, digging in to mark the start of their new school.

The focus for the next several months will be site work, which includes grading, excavation and utility installation. As part of the site work, the old community garden has been removed; it will be replaced as part of the new school construction plan.

Take a look at the progress so far.

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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