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At about 45 percent complete, the new Grant Center for the Expressive Arts looks like a school now. The start of windows and roofing on the building, as well as new street paving and curbs, make it easy to picture Grant students in their new school starting in early winter 2020.
Classroom windows installed in rooms off North Prospect.
Score! The gym, seen from North Prospect.
View from the corner of North 10 and Prospect. Classrooms are in the foreground. The theater/cafeteria space is at the back left.
The future main entrance, off North 11th.
New street paving and framing for the sidewalk on North 11th.
View from the corner of North 11th and Prospect. The administration area is in the foreground, with the main entrance and library to the back right.
It took about three weeks to bring down the old Grant Center for the Expressive Arts – all 4,000 tons of it. Trucks hauled off that material, including 3,397 tons of concrete and steel that were destined for recycling facilities.
About a year from now, Grant students will walk into their new building, ready to make a fresh set of memories.
Take a look at this time-lapse video showing the demolition.
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.)
Grant Center for the Expressive Arts is an arts-focused elementary school (K-5) currently serving approximately 340 students in Tacoma's North End. The current building was mostly constructed in 1955, but also includes parts built in 1920 and an addition in 1967.
Students will attend classes at the district's Hunt transition site during construction. Bus transportation will be provided.
Student capacity: 400Projected budget: $34.8 millionSquare feet: 50,401Architect: McGranahan ArchitectsDesign: September 2016 - April 2018 Contractor: Korsmo ConstructionConstruction started: June 2018Percent complete: 45%Expected opening: Early winter 2020
The project funded by the $500 million school construction bond voters passed in 2013.
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