Mt. Tahoma High School


Mount Tahoma High School is a $56.5 million, 270,000 square-foot high school for 1800 students in the Tacoma School District. To help strengthen relationships between students and staff, four independent, personalized learning environments “schools within a school” were created. Each of these environments accommodated approximately 400 to 450 students with a student commons area linking the academies with wide spaces and sweeping structural elements framing the space overhead. A true twenty-first-century high school, it was completed on time and $2,000,000 under budget thanks in part to PCS Structural Solutions Integrated Steel Design process. Lead by PCS, over 1900 tons of steel was produced from over 3000 drawings, providing a five-month schedule advantage. Integrated Steel Design is a trademarked 3D delivery method utilized by PCS even before anyone was using the word "BIM" – a unique process that informed an early solution paving the way for PCS to become industry leaders in Building Information Modeling. This project won the CEFPI 2005 Merit Award.