Wallace Elementary

Photography by Nickayla Hodges, a Senior at Kelso High School

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Some work before the work

Painting a room seems pretty simple, and with the right tools doesn’t take very long. But before the brushes and rollers come out, there’s a lot of critical prep work that needs to be done. Like moving furniture, masking molding and fixtures, spackling nail holes, and...

Making more school visits

We took a look at a few more schools in Tacoma last week to get additional function and design ideas for the three new elementary schools we'll be building.  With the great work of the Ed Spec team, notes from the open house, and several great school examples in...

Our Guiding Principles

As we begin the design work for our three new schools, and all the work we’re doing to improve the learning environments for our children, we’ve created some guiding principles to follow.

Proposed Budget


Proposed Improvements

  • Replace with new 450-student school on current site

Tell me more

With 375 students, Wallace is over capacity and is functionally outdated. The unreinforced brick school was built in 1942 and seismic upgrades are necessary, yet are cost-prohibitive and would further restrict the use of the school. Approximately $8.8 million in state matching funds will be used to offset project costs. Replacing this school will:

  • Provide learning and instructional spaces necessary to help improve academics and quality of student and staff life
  • Address severe parking and traffic flow problems in the neighborhood


Proposed plan for Wallace Elementary

Proposed plan for Wallace Elementary