McCarver Elementary School


As a neighborhood landmark since its original construction in 1925, McCarver Elementary—named for Morton Matthew McCarver, the “founder of Tacoma”—has a long history of innovative program offerings, from gifted learning and vocational courses to being the first magnet school in the United States. The historic modernization of this 83,000 square-foot school features flexible spaces that can be utilized in multiple different ways, a cafeteria that doubles as a teaching kitchen and community space, and upgraded site amenities. Seismic upgrades included a shotcrete shear wall layout capable of resisting the full seismic loads, micropile wall anchors, and fiberwrap at existing slabs to increase their strength in highly stressed areas.