Mary Lyon Elementary School Replacement

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New Mary Lyon is just right; see for yourself on Oct. 2

According to Mary Lyon Elementary 5th graders Ayden, D'Vyne and Ryan, there's a long list of things to like about their new school. From the quiet spaces to read around the building to the comfy library, technology upgrades and new playground, they say it's a great improvement from their old building.

Check out the building for yourself at the community grand opening from 6-7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 2, and get a building sneak peek in this video.

Save the date: Mary Lyon grand opening celebration Oct. 2

Spend an evening in the new Mary Lyon Elementary to see firsthand what makes this school special to its students, staff and community. Highlights of the evening include: 

  • Mary Lyon Choir performance
  • Unveiling of the student-selected name of the outdoor public art piece
  • Scavenger hunt to discover how the different spaces in the building help Mary Lyon students every day
  • Time for Mary Lyon parents to visit their child's classroom
  • An opportunity to ask the architect about the project

Everyone is welcome to join in the celebration from 6-7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 2, at Mary Lyon Elementary, 101 E. 46th St., Tacoma.

Check out the first day at the new Mary Lyon Elementary

Take a look at the first morning at the new Mary Lyon Elementary. Thank you, voters, for supporting the 2013 construction bond that made this new building possible. 

We believe in investing in schools and kids in every neighborhood so that Tacoma can continue to move toward a school district where every child, regardless of background or economic circumstances, has a school that provides a safe and challenging learning environment. 

Save the date
Wednesday, Oct. 2, 6 p.m.: Open house and grand opening celebration of the new building

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They grow so fast

Take a look at this time-lapse video showing the new Mary Lyon Elementary. In reality, it takes a bit longer, of course. The school will open in September 2019.

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.

Updated November 13, 2018

About the project

​Project overview

Lyon Elementary School currently has a capacity of 450 students that includes preschool through fifth grade. The existing facility was originally constructed in 1925 with 41,017 square feet on just under 3 acres. Several additions were made between 1948 and 2003.

The new replacement project will:

  • Construct a new building expected to sustain a lifespan of 50 years.
  •  Provide approximately 56,000 square feet of innovative learning spaces for students.
  • Allow students to attend school in a different location during construction.

The project’s design phase began in fall 2015 and went through spring 2017. Construction began in July 2017. Students attended school in the former McKinley Elementary while their new schools was built.

Square footage: 56,625
Student capacity: 450
Projected budget: $34.9 million
Design: August 2015 - April 2017
Construction: July 2017 - April 2019
Opened: September 5, 2019
Architect: DOWA-IBI Group
Contractor: Pease & Sons

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