Grant Center for the Expressive Arts Replacement

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​News & updates

Part of North 10th closed for water main improvements

A portion of North 10th Street is closed  to make water main improvements associated with the new Grant Center for the Expressive Arts. 

North 10 Street is closed 24 hours a day from Prospect to Fife, including the intersection at 10th and Prospect; there may be steel plates on nearby streets. The work will likely continue through early December.

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. 


Saturday work possible in October, November

With permission from the City of Tacoma, general contractor Korsmo Construction could work on the site Saturdays through – Nov. 3, from 9 a.m. to late afternoon. There’s more material to haul off site than originally anticipated; if the contractor can do that work before significant fall rains hit, it will save a significant amount of money, as the rain makes the material heavier and we pay for hauling and disposal by weight.

Update: Crews are expected to work on Saturday, Oct. 27.  

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.
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​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: $29 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: Fall 2019

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

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