Concrete slabs and wood framing at Fawcett

Record heat temperatures isn’t stopping the Hensel-Phelps crew at Fawcett Elementary. Concrete slabs and structural wood frames can be seen on site.

In a few months, the crew can start sealing exterior walls and roof to keep out rain and wind. Once complete, work can begin indoors without the threat of weather damage.

When it opens in fall 2023, the new comprehensive elementary school will be able to serve up to 500 students. It will sit in the same area as the old building with the main entrance on E. 60th St.

While their new school is under construction, Fawcett students will attend school in the former McKinley Elementary. 

McKinley has been utilized as a swing site while schools are under construction. Improvements have been made, such as a new ADA ramp, security cameras, technology upgrades and a new elevator, to name a few.

Plans continue to be made for the capital needs of the district to provide Tacoma Public School students, teachers and staff with adequate, proper and safe facilities.

With the approval of the February 2020 capital bond, the district can continue to invest in what’s working for Tacoma kids with needed school improvements that provide safe and challenging learning environments.

Fawcett is one of 8 school replacements or historic renovations funded by the $535 million school construction bond voters passed in 2020.

Project timeline:

  • March-April: Abatement and demolition of existing buildings
  • May: Grading, footings and foundation
  • June-August: Slab and wood framing
  • April 2022- May 2023: Construction
  • Spring 2023: Street and off-site improvements
  • September 2023: School opens