Washington Elementary School

Tacoma Public Schools

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Historic Renovation & Addition
58,830 SF

project overview

Built in 1906, this school has served generations of Tacoma’s Proctor District families and has a special place in the hearts and lives of the residents of this established and close-knit neighborhood. With its rich architectural legacy and position as a much-loved fixture in the Proctor neighborhood, Washington’s restoration was both challenging and rewarding. The scope encompassed the complete reorganization of the two-story school and basement, demolition of a historically insignificant addition, and integration of an architecturally compatible addition. Project goals included accommodation of ‘rainy day recess’ areas, additional classrooms, centralized common use areas and site improvements for parking, bus drop off and vehicular and pedestrian circulation. Situated on a small urban site (1.9 acres), the resulting design solution for Washington created a net increase of 23,060 square feet and improved neighborhood flow and circulation.