Grant Center for the Expressive Arts Replacement

​News & updates

Grant growing by the day 

Grant's grown by leaps and bounds in the last month, going from a flat lot to walls that give shape to the design and help people visualize what the finished product will look like. Take a look below at the start of the main entrance, gym, stage and library.

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

IMG_0310.JPG  The main entrance and construction area at the corner of 11th and Prospect.

IMG_0319.JPG  The gym, off Prospect.

ghjghjghj.jpg  Performance stage with ADA-accessible ramp

IMG_0321.JPG  View of library from 11th.

Temporary alley closure behind Grant

The alley between North Oakes Street and Grant Center for the Expressive Arts will close for most of January as a retaining wall is built on the school side of the alley. 

Tons of memories

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. 


They grow so fast: Live Construction web-cam

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. 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: 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: 7%
Expected opening: Early winter 2020

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

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