Planning & Construction

About us

The Planning & Construction department is made up of talented and skilled professionals who are dedicated to providing the students and teachers of the Tacoma Public Schools with quality venues for learning and teaching.

Morris Aldridge, Executive Director of Planning & Construction and Transportation
253-571-3350 |

General information: 
Angel Davis, Administrative Secretary
253-571-3350 |

Nora Doyle, Facilities Communication Coordinator
253-571-3328 |

Mission Statement

The Planning & Construction team is proud of the work they have accomplished on behalf of the students and staff of the Tacoma Public Schools. Their mission is to provide cost-effective facilities designed to enhance occupant safety, accessibility and comfort in support of student learning.

​​​​​​​​​​Consultants interested in providing architectural, engineering, and related services with Tacoma Public Schools should register their company with ​MRSC Rosters and select Tacoma School District No. 10.​​​​​​​​


A number of construction projects for the Tacoma Public Schools have earned awards for their design and construction.  In spring 2018, the Environmental Learning Center won a Grand Prize Award  from Learning by Design, an education design publication. McGranahan Architects of Tacoma designed the building. Judges praised Tacoma Public Schools and Metro Parks Tacoma for the collaboration that resulted in the new building next to Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium; the building serves Tacoma's Science and Math Institute students, zoo staff and community programs. Another award, the Civic Design Award, for the same building followed from the American Institute of Architects Washinton Council in fall 2018.

Arlington Elementary won an Award of Merit from the American Institute of Architects for the way it rethinks the concept of learning environments beyond the tradicional classroom. Mahlum designed Arlington.

Both buildings opened to students in fall 2017.