9th and Broadway SOTA Classrooms

LOCATION: Tacoma, WA
SIZE: 13,204 SF
MARKET: Education
CLIENT: Tacoma Public Schools
DESIGNER:  BCRA

BCRA partnered with Tacoma Public Schools to renovate a building in the Theater District of Tacoma. The space, the top floor of an existing retail and office building, will house the School of the Arts (SOTA), a specialized choice high school dedicated to performing and visual arts that will be open to students in 2018.  

The project began with extensive seismic upgrades throughout the building then focused on providing flexible, open-concept learning environments for students. To maximize adaptability, classrooms flow into common spaces through large openings and do not have built-in casework. Exposed ceiling and ductwork create an industrial feel, which complements clean, simple finishes and modern lighting. Wayfinding between spaces is provided through floor material and decorative acoustic treatments in the ceiling.