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Sunrise Elementary School

Opened Fall 2019

Financed by 2015 Bond Funds
Architect: Mahlum
General Contractor: Forma Construction Company
Project Manager: Larry Vandeberg

Thank you, voters. Because of your support, PSD completed the Sunrise Elementary replacement school, a $30 million 2015 bond package project, to increase the building capacity to 730 students.

This 82,000+ sq. ft. replacement school consists of

  • 30 classrooms
  • 15 project rooms
  • two (2) special education classrooms
  • two (2) music rooms
  • a library
  • a gymnasium/commons/lunchroom area
  • administration spaces
  • improved play areas
  • parent drop-off and parking.

It was constructed to the west of the original school. The new school was built according to Washington State's green building standard for high performance buildings. This environmentally friendly design includes energy efficiency, daylighting, water conservation, stormwater treatment and sustainable materials.

Sunrise Elementary Construction Time Lapse

Building History

The original Sunrise Elementary School opened in 1973 and was located on South Hill, east of Meridian Street South and just north of 39th Avenue Southeast. 

The 42.7 million-dollar Sunrise Elementary replacement school project was funded via the 2015 bond package.

The new, 3-story, 84,000 sq. ft. replacement school building includes 30 general education classrooms and 15 project rooms as well as two (2) special education classrooms, two (2) music rooms, a library, a gymnasium/commons/lunchroom area, administration spaces, improved play areas, parent drop-off and parking. It was constructed to the west of the original school building footprint. 

The new school, designed by Studio Meng Strazzara of Seattle, Washington, and constructed by Forma Construction Co. of Olympia, Washington, was built according to Washington State’s green building standard for high performance buildings. This environmentally friendly design includes energy efficiency, daylighting, water conservation, stormwater treatment and sustainable materials.

The school opened to students in September 2019 and will become eligible for state matching funds for modernization or new construction in lieu of modernization in the year 2049.