Time-lapse camera shows progress on Shaw Road Elementary 12 classroom addition
Time-lapse camera shows progress on Shaw Road Elementary 12 classroom addition
Posted on 12/01/2016
Time-lapse camera shows progress on Shaw Road Elementary 12 classroom addition

Significant progress is being made on the 12 classroom addition project at Shaw Road Elementary. The addition will be completed for the 2017-18 school year.

The construction project began last summer and the work in progress can be viewed with a time-lapse construction camera on the Capital Projects web page:

Time-lapse construction camera

Shaw Road students and classrooms have not been disrupted during construction.

The $8.9 million project, transferred from General Funds to Capital Projects, represents another step in the progress to achieve state objectives for full-day kindergarten and average class size of 17 to 1 for kindergarten through third grades.

The Shaw Road classroom addition is not intended to address current growth and overcrowding throughout the district. Rather, the additions meet state objectives for reduced class sizes limited to 17 students per classroom in grades K-3.

The Washington State Legislature is moving toward offering full-day kindergarten at every school statewide by 2018. Puyallup, the eighth largest district in the state, implemented full-day kindergarten in the fall of 2014. 

The architect selected to design the additional classroom space is BCRA from Tacoma. In the qualifications statement submitted by BCRA they stated “over the past decade, BCRA has appreciated the opportunities we have had to work with Puyallup School District on projects and through committee participation. This involvement has given us insight into the current condition of the facilities, how the Puyallup School District is dealing with the challenges of growth, and the shift in student population within school boundaries.”

The same design will be used to build 12 additional classrooms at Hunt Elementary beginning in the summer of 2017 and scheduled for completion in one year. The Hunt project was approved by the Puyallup School Board on November 21, 2016.

Chief Operations Officer, Mario Casello stated “Shaw Road and Hunt are our prototypical elementary schools and share the same design; therefore, it’s a huge advantage to using that same model at Hunt.  In addition, it allows us to be more efficient and save the district taxpayer dollars.”