Hunt Middle School Replacement

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Hunt Middle School design progressing with help of students, community

Hunt Middle School is in schematic design, the earliest piece of design work on a project. The BCRA design team has created three goals to guide the development of building’s new two-story design, which will accommodate 600 students: 

  • To welcome students, staff, and engage the community by encouraging discovery.
  • To transform the student experience and the spaces in which they learn by embracing the whimsical.
  • To connect students and staff to each other and their environment through a customizable framework.
In designing Hunt, BCRA plans to create a unique design with flexible spaces that embrace arts and sciences; use design and graphics as a teaching tool; and make good use of the large campus with sculptural landscapes that accommodate outdoor learning spaces.

Take a look at the site plan and some interior and exterior design concepts.

As part of the design process, BCRA met with students at Stewart Middle School and Wainwright Intermediate School to gather their input:

  • Students requested a more welcoming entry when they arrive at school in the morning. They also wanted this to be a space where they could connect with their peers before entering the school.
  • Students enjoy having visual connections to other happenings at the school, but they need to be limited and controlled so that classroom spaces feel safe and secure.
  • Students create most of their memories in social spaces, where they can connect with their peers. They preferred spaces with seating and liked using such spaces for both academic collaboration and play.
  • As students transform during their time in middle school, they also want to be able to transform the space they spent three years in. They suggested incorporating a subtle way for them to leave a permanent mark at their school.
BCRA is using that student feedback, along with that of the Design Advisory Committee (parents, principals and community members) to further the design.

Hunt is expected to open in fall 2021.

Local firms Absher and BCRA team to design-build new Hunt Middle School

The Tacoma School Board selected the team of Absher Construction and BCRA Design to design and build the new Hunt Middle School.

Absher led the now-completed Wilson High School modernization, and BCRA is designing the new Boze Elementary School.

Hunt Middle School closed in 2010 and currently functions as one of two transition sites the school district uses to house students during other school construction projects. This year, students from Grant Center for the Expressive Arts attend school at the existing Hunt site while their new school is built.

Project schedule

  • Design: November 2018 - December 2019
  • Construction: January 2020 - June 2021
  • Move in: Fall 2021
Who will attend Hunt?

Tacoma Public Schools conducted a middle school boundary study in 2016 to rebalance overcrowding at Mason and Truman and work in Wainwright Intermediate School when it opened, as well as the future boundary for Hunt.

Elementary schools that would feed into the Hunt boundary are all or some portions of Geiger, DeLong, Whittier, Franklin and Jefferson.

All middle school students entering 8th grade when the new Hunt opens may remain in the same school with the same transportation options.

Incoming 7th graders who are impacted by the boundary change and would like to remain at their current middle school rather than transfer to Hunt may apply through the optional enrollment process and would have first priority in consideration. (In that case, transportation would be arranged by the family.)

Students who live in the Wainwright/Hunt boundary (Wainwright serves grades 4-8) can elect to go to Hunt if they want a more comprehensive middle school experience. Students who want to attend a different middle school altogether can apply through the optional enrollment process.

Boundary map

The red line is Hunt’s boundary. The blue line is existing middle school boundaries. The yellow line is Wainwright’s boundary.

Hunt boundary.JPG

About the project

Originally constructed in 1958 as "one of the most imaginative in the nation," Hunt Middle School was closed in 2010 and currently functions as one of two transition sites the district uses during school construction projects. The district currently intends to open the new Hunt as a comprehensive middle school for West End and Fircrest families in fall 2021.

Student capacity: 600
Projected budget: $48 million
Architect: TBD
Design: July 2018 - February 2020
Contractor: TBD 
Construction: October 2019 - 2021 
Expected opening: Fall 2021

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

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