Grant Center for the Expressive Arts Replacement

​News & updates

Grant close to halfway mark

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.

IMG_1778.JPGClassroom windows installed in rooms off North Prospect. 

IMG_1794.JPGScore! The gym, seen from North Prospect. 

IMG_1711.JPGView from the corner of North 10 and Prospect. Classrooms are in the foreground. The theater/cafeteria space 
is at the back left. 

IMG_1758.JPGThe future main entrance, off North 11th. 

IMG_1757.JPGNew street paving and framing for the sidewalk on North 11th. 

IMG_1797.JPGView 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. 

Spring update on Grant site, surrounding streets 

  • The type of work we’re starting - roofing and weatherproofing the building - requires more workers, so neighbors might see new people and less parking in the neighborhood.  
  • To make up some of the time we lost to inclement weather, we will work on some Saturdays through the spring.
  • We’ll be doing right of way work on all four sides of the school (the alley, North 11th, North Prospect and North 10th).
  • North 11th should be completed by mid-April; the others should be completed toward the end of May. There may be times when a street is closed, but we will make every effort to have at least one lane open.
  • We’ll be doing intermittent utility work under North 11th and North 10th streets through April. There may be times when a street is closed, but we will make every effort to have at least one lane open. No interruptions to utilities are anticipated.

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

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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: $34.8 million
Square feet: 50,401
Architect: McGranahan Architects
Design: September 2016 - April 2018  
Contractor: Korsmo Construction
Construction started: June 2018
Percent 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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