Years of capital planning are coming to fruition with construction kicking off at Annie Wright Schools. Two major projects, which will “expand and enhance” the campus, including a new Upper School for Boys, and a gymnasium with a pool, broke ground on Monday.

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In 2017, Annie Wright School launched an upper division school for boys, and is adding a grade each year. This fall, the school will open with 16 ninth grade boys and 20 tenth grade boys. The new academic building under construction is being designed to complement the existing architecture, while adding modern finishes with abundant natural light. It will have flexible classrooms, collaborative spaces, state-of-the-art science and technology labs, a meeting hall, and a design lab.

The new gymnasium will be connected to the current gym, Kemper Center, and will include a ground floor 25-yard swimming pool. There will also be additional space for sports and activities for all ages.

The new buildings will open fall 2019. The schools are working with Seattle architects Mithun and Absher Construction Company.

“Annie Wright Schools’ campus improvements will service students holistically, continuing the schools pioneering traditions,” said Head of Schools Christian G. Sullivan in a statement. “We are moving forward with exciting and unique programs, and are committed to serving Tacoma, the South Sound, and beyond.”