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New south hill elementary school scheduled to open September 2019
Posted on 06/07/2017
New south hill elementary school scheduled to open September 2019

The new 44 home room elementary school will be built on the south hill at 144th Street just west of 86th Avenue Court East. The project has moved to the design development phase which begins a more detailed design process. The latest building and site designs were presented at community meetings held throughout the school year.

The design phase consists of:
From the initial design of building systems the architect creates then expands the approved schematic design studies to develop a more detailed drawing illustrating other aspects of the proposed design, with help of consulting engineers.
- During this time the architect determines the general layout and overall appearance of both the project and the site. Sketches, drawings, and study models are prepared to help evaluate the ideas and concepts and set the final direction for refining the design.
- Once the size, layout, and character of the project and site are refined the architect begins to design feature elements such as stairs, cabinetry, and built-in furniture. Drawings are prepared which describe some of the important technical details. Various consultants such as engineers and other design professionals are heavily involved at this level of the project. 
- Plans, elevations, and sections through the building are developed. These include floor plans that show all of the spaces in the correct sizes and shapes. The outline specifications are a list of the major materials and room finishes.
- The architect then verifies the design complies with building codes and works with engineers to design the structural, mechanical, and electrical systems. During this stage, the architect usually presents the design development documents and reviews the project cost estimation with the owner so the owner can provide their input. By the end of this phase a large portion of the design work is completed.

More information can be found on the district Foundations For Our Future webpage, including the bond projects timeline chart.

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, and build a new elementary school west of Meridian on South Hill.

The new and replacement schools are intended to relieve overcrowding from continued enrollment growth in the district's elementary schools. Puyallup is the eighth largest school district in the state.