Sunrise Elementary School
Puyallup School District
The community surrounding Sunrise Elementary school has experienced significant, steady growth and a need to build a new school to accommodate their capacity needs. SMS has designed the new Sunrise with capacity to serve 730 students. The team has worked closely with the actively involved District, faculty, staff, and parents who have influenced the design of the three-story, 80,500sf school. The replacement school will offer special education, pre-k, kindergarten, and Grade 1-6 programs.
This replacement elementary school will be built on an occupied site that has mature vegetation surrounding the current school. The team emphasized the importance of maintaining the wooded areas as a buffer to surrounding residences, which will also provide spaces for outdoor learning opportunities.
The design includes a two-floor library that is unique for an elementary school. A large gymnasium opens to the commons and stage to accommodate community use and student performances. The school will open for classes in September 2019.