Grant Center for the Expressive Arts Replacement

​News & updates

Welcome back to Grant at Hunt

Sept. 5 marks the second and final welcome to students from Grant Center for the Expressive Arts at the former Hunt Middle School site. 

To help get ready for the year, join the Grant staff for an ice cream social from 4 to 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 3.
At the ice cream social you can: 

  • Meet teachers and staff
  • Drop off school supplies
  • Register for a school bus

Where to catch the bus, drop off and pick up students
The drop off and pick up routine remains the same as last year.

By bus

  • Get bus stop locations and pick up times here; check this page often as stops and times may change.
  • If you haven’t registered your student for a bus stop yet, contact Tammy Rudolph at Grant at 253-571-5413.
  • School buses will drop off students at the front of the building, on South 10th Street.

By car

  • Parents should drop off and pick up students on South 8th Street, where there’s a driveway and turnaround loop.
Grant staff will be stationed at the parent drop off and bus drop off to guide students into the gym, where the school day will start. 

First day in the new Grant
The new building is expected to open in early winter. We’ll share an exact opening date as soon as possible. 

The new Grant is about 78 percent complete. At this point: 

  • All utilities are up and running
  • Cabinetry is complete in the classrooms
  • Plumbing is complete in the classrooms and the rest of the building (classrooms have sinks and water fountains)
  • Sheetrock, painting and exterior windows are complete
Next up:

  • Complete the flooring
  • Landscaping to start
  • Playground installation to start

What a view! Check out the new Grant

Get a view of the new Grant Center for the Expressive Arts from almost every angle, inside and out. The arts-focused elementary, which is about halfway done, will have a theater and a stage that doubles as a dance studio.  

The new Grant is scheduled to open in early winter 2020.

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They grow so fast: Time-lapse video

Take a look at this time-lapse video showing Grant Center for the Expressive Arts, from demolition of the old building to construction of the new building at about 78 percent. The school is scheduled to open in early winter of 2020.


Updated November 12, 2019

You can also click here to see what's happening right now on the live construction web-cam. 
(Use Internet Explorer with Adobe Flash enabled to view the live feed.)

​About the project

Project overview

Grant Center for the Expressive Arts is an arts-focused elementary school (K-5) currently serving approximately 340 students in Tacoma's North End. 

Students attend classes at the district's Hunt transition site during construction. Bus transportation is provided.

Student capacity: 400
Projected budget: $34.8 million
Square feet: 50,401
Architect: McGranahan Architects
Design: September 2016 - April 2018  
Contractor: Korsmo Construction
Construction started: June 2018
Percent complete: 98%
Expected opening: Early winter 2020

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

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