Stewart Middle School Modernization

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Modernized Stewart Middle School opened March 13

KING5 coverage (3/13/17): Renovated Middle School reopens in Tacoma   

The News Tribune (3/12/17): Welcome back, Stewart. Remodeled Tacoma middle school resumes its spot at the heart of the community 

The News Tribune (2/13/17): Opening day comes early for remodeled Stewart Middle School

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About the project

Stewart Middle School was originally constructed in 1924 in Tacoma, Washington, for Tacoma Public Schools. The newly modernized school is designed to house 650 students in a 125,000-square-foot two-story building with an additional full basement floor.

The project included the renovation and modernization of the existing facility that is on the historic registry. The building had not had a significant renovation in its history. The previous gymnasium, built in 1973, was demolished along with a classroom addition of the same era to accommodate a modern school program. The new gymnasium is designed as an attached addition. 

The new design encloses the historic building envelope in a modern educational program, being sensitive to the historic character of the entire facility. Work includes repointing brick, replacing windows, seismic upgrades to the entire facility, and addressing ADA compliance issues. All the HVAC, electrical, plumbing, and controls are also replaced.

The school's large auditorium has been transformed into a central hub for the school, which includes removing 1,200 fixed auditorium seats. The floor has been leveled and telescoping auditorium seats have been installed for use when needed. Generally, the space will serve as a commons and lunchroom space for students.

Developing vehicular separations between buses, parent drop-off, service vehicles, and pedestrians is also of paramount importance.

Square footage - 125,000
Student capacity - 650
Total projected cost - $68.6 (1/20/17)
Percent complete - 100%
Open date - March 13, 2017
Architect - Bassetti Architects
Contractor - Skanska USA


Stewart opens six months early on March 13

Early completion of the Stewart Middle School modernization project allows students to end their cross-town commute to the old Hunt Middle School -- affectionately referred to as "Camp Hunt" -- 6 months early. The historic Stewart, 5010 Pacific Ave., reopens to students on Monday, March 13. Staff and students have been at the Hunt transition site since September 2015. Read more in the news release.

Drone's Eye View of Construction​

Stewart Middle School, which has historical designations from both from the city of Tacoma and Washington state, is being preserved in a $66 million project. This is the first significant renovation in the building’s history. Demolition of the 1970s structure made space for a new gymnasium and student courtyard at the southwest corner of the historic 1924-era building. The former building housed 532 students in sixth through eighth grade. The newly modernized school is designed to house up to 750 students in a 120,000-square-foot, three-story configuration. The school is scheduled to open in September 2017 and Skanska USA crews gave us exclusive access into the construction site to get a glimpse of the progress so far.

Potential New School Design

November 13, 2014, the executive director of Planning & Construction from Tacoma Public Schools and Bassetti Architects presented the preliminary designs for the modernized Stewart Middle School to members of the Tacoma School Board. Click the image, or title, to get a glimpse of the new design.

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Replacement and Modernization Documents:
Environmental checklist
Determination of Non-Significance
Traffic Impact Analysis