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Construction set to begin on Sunrise rebuild
Construction set to begin on Sunrise Elementary rebuild
Posted on 05/17/2018
Construction set to begin on Sunrise Elementary rebuild

It was a day of celebration at Sunrise Elementary on May 14. The sun was shining as the choir performed the Star Spangled Banner. There were balloons and ceremonial gold-painted shovels.

Students, staff, parents, and community members gathered on the playfield for a groundbreaking ceremony to officially launch the construction phase of the Sunrise Elementary school rebuild. The new school building is scheduled to open in the fall of 2019.

Wearing plastic yellow construction hats, students stood on the field at the site where the new building will be built. They watched as the official ceremony took place as the first soil was turned with the golden shovels. Leadership students, representing the student body, participated using the shovels as they stood near the tractor.

Sunrise teachers Heidi Pedersen and Kimmy Tweten were introduced as former Sunrise students who returned to teach at the school.

Superintendent Tim Yeomans, School Board President Kathy Yang, Chief Operations Officer Mario Casello, and Chief Communications Officer Brian Fox addressed the students and adults. They shared a common message thanking the community for supporting students and the enhanced learning environment they will soon share.

                  “Thank you for your support, and thank you for being here for our kids.”
                   Chief Operations Officer Mario Casello

In attendance were architects from Studio Meng Strazzara who designed the new school building;
representatives from general contractor Forma Construction; and from the city of Puyallup:  Kevin Yamamoto, city manager; Steve Kirkelie, assistant city manager;  Hans Hunger, P.E. city engineer; and Julie Door, councilmember.

With 30 classrooms and 82,000 square feet, the Sunrise rebuild will have the capacity to serve 730 students — 262 more than the current building. The three-story building design has music rooms, a library, gymnasium/commons/lunch room, improved play areas, and improved parent drop-off and parking.

The voter approved 2015 School Construction and Facility Improvements bond addresses the need for elementary school classroom space. It will replace Firgrove, Northwood, and Sunrise elementary schools, remodel Pope Elementary, add a 12 classroom addition to Hunt Elementary, and build the new Dessie F. Evans Elementary.

Watch the construction progress on live cameras for Evans, Firgrove, Hunt, Northwood, and Sunrise elementaries.