Grant Center for the Expressive Arts Replacement

​News & updates

Fruity Pebbles rocks this playground vote

By just two votes, students at Grant Center for the Expressive Arts chose the affectionately named "Fruity Pebbles" color combo for the playground equipment they'll use when their new school opens in early winter 2020. Kid tested, mother approved. Wait, no. Magically delicious? Nope. Still, a great choice, full of Grant flair.

Grant is 78 percent complete and expected to open in early winter 2020.


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 70 percent. The school is scheduled to open in early winter of 2020.


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: 78%
Expected opening: Early winter 2020

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

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