Boze Elementary School

Boze Elementary Construction Updates

Boze field day June 2019

Best day ever! Boze Elementary made the most of its field day, even with construction on the new building happening right nextdoor. Thanks to the Korsmo Construction team, who volunteered their time to help lead field day activities. Take a look at the wet, wild fun!

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We know from experience bringing a major construction project into a neighborhood impacts its residents. Tacoma Public Schools and Korsmo Construction want to limit that impact as much as possible and make sure neighbors know what to expect and when. 

Please join us to learn what's ahead for the project. We'll answer your questions and address the construction schedule, parking and road closures, truck routes and other related issues. 

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Welcoming. Meaningful. Equitable. Supportive. Engaging. Relevant.

When Boze parents and staff talked about what they hoped the new Boze Elementary would look and feel like, those are some of the words they used.  

When thinking about how her future classroom could differ from her current classroom, one teacher said with a smile, “I just want a door!”

The new school, created by the Tacoma-based design-build team of Korsmo Construction and BCRA—with input from Boze teachers, parents and community members—was designed with all of those things in mind. 

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We are pleased to report that progress is being made on the design of the new Boze Elementary School.

We have entered into the environmental review portion of the process and have issued a Determination of Non-Significance for this project, which means that this proposal will not have significant adverse impact on the environment. 

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Boze Elementary School serves approximately 520 preschool through fifth-grade students in Tacoma's Eastside neighborhood. The current building was constructed in 1969, with the addition of a fifth "quad" in the 1970s.

Students will remain on site during construction.

Projected capacity: 550 
Projected budget: $35.3 million  
Design builder and architect: Korsmo Construction and BCRA
Design: April 2018 - July 2019
Construction: March 2019 - August 2020
Percentage complete: 90%
Expected opening: Fall 2020

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