Small projects across the district have big impact

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Teams are busy completing much-needed work on neighborhood schools, including roof replacements, heating and cooling system upgrades, and accessibility improvements. Voters approved these improvements in the 2020 bond measure.

Many projects are complete, while others are underway or in the planning stage. All of them improve safety and learning environments for students, and they have a big impact.

Improved safety and security: Upgrades include controlled access (buzz-in systems) at school entries, new security cameras and integrated system, ID card readers for staff access, and intercom systems to assist with real-time notifications.

Clean air, water and reliable heating: Upgrades include new heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC) systems, along with needed repairs to other existing systems and plumbing updates.

Accessible space: Physical disabilities should not prevent access to our buildings or grounds. Improvements are happening to ramps, elevators and sidewalks, ensuring schools are accessible for every student, every day.

Secure and leak-free roofs: A leaky roof can put a real damper on learning. Bond funding has enabled needed repairs or replacements of several aged and deteriorating roofs.

Play spaces for students and community: Some elementary schools have received new playground equipment already, with more coming. Our playgrounds provide spaces for our students and community to play and connect.

Fields, courts and pools: New fields, lighting, tennis court resurfacing, pool repairs and restroom facilities provide safe and functional spaces for student athletes and the community.

Fern Hill, Sherman and Edison received new heating ventilation and air condition (HVAC) systems.

Safety and security improvements: All middle and high schools now have upgraded security cameras and safety infrastructures improving security entry access at their school.

Fields, courts and pools:
Lincoln restroom remodel-
The outdoor restroom renovations at Lincoln High School are complete. The project was a full remodel of the upper and lower restrooms at the Lincoln Bowl as well as exterior painting at the Bowl press box. The renovations also included additional stalls compliant with the American Disability Act (ADA).

Browns Point Elementary tennis courts-Work crews added two tennis courts with pickleball markings at Browns Point Elementary. This project involved the addition of the two tennis courts along with minor improvements to the pedestrian and service vehicle access and upgrades to the associated stormwater drainage system.

Athletic track & field improvements-Mason and Giaudrone middle schools’ fields are almost complete. The existing turf field and cinder track was replaced with synthetic turf field and rubberized track surfacing at each school. The fields are currently being used by students and athletic teams while awaiting some final touches from the contractor.

At Tacoma Public Schools (TPS) we have a multitude of play surfaces that *GMAX testing is conducted. Planning & Construction follows a design standard for all new construction synthetic turf surfacing projects. Checkout our Facilities page for more details.

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