Stadium High School

111 N. E St., Tacoma, WA 98403

Stadium High School has been part of the Tacoma community for more than 100 years. With its elegant exterior and castle-like structure, it is a beloved historical site. On the inside, however, things were falling apart. To improve student learning, Stadium was closed for two years and rebuilt on the inside.

The design concept was in place to provide seismic upgrades, renovation and modernization of the existing building to bring teaching at Stadium into the 21st century. A new annex was also added to provide students, staff and the surrounding community with a performing arts center and gym.

The biggest challenge in the remodel was to update the functionality of the school on the inside while still preserving the historic character and appearance on the outside. What resulted was an amazing collage of the school’s classic exterior and an interior with state-of-the-art facilities.

The school reopened in September 2006.


  • Outstanding Achievement in Historic Preservation for 2006 from City of Tacoma and the Tacoma Landmarks Preservation Commission
  • Best of K-12 Education for 2006 from Northwest Construction Magazine/McGraw Hill
  • The Valerie Sivinski Award for Outstanding Achievement in Historic Rehabilitation Award for 2007 from Washingon State Historic Preservation Officer
  • Honor Award in recognition of the professional excellence in Architectural design from AIA Southwest Washington 

 Project Stats

​Bond issue: 2001
Square footage:​ ​295,792
Area:​ ​9.81 acres
​Capacity: ​1825
​Cost: ​$108,265,864
​Scope: ​Demolish interior of school and build within the existing historical frame
​Project supervisor: ​Turner Construction: Stan Fillips and Steen Brochner-Nielsen
Completion date:​ September 2006
​Architect: ​Bassetti and Krei Architects
​Contractor: Skanska USA Building, Inc.