After the local community decided that a new elementary school would serve their needs best, Third Creek Elementary consolidated two aging schools, one that served Kindergarten through grade 2 and another that served grades 3 through 5. Many educational and community use features are incorporated into the design. The administrative offices are located at the main entrance to have good supervision of all visitors. The grade levels are broken down into smaller "houses" comprised of two grade levels each. The gymnasium, stage, and dining room are located so they may operate after hours for community use, while the academic portion of the building is secured.
Third Creek Elementary School is the first K-12 facility to earn a LEED v2.0 Gold Certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.
The computer models of this building show a reduction in annual energy costs by 25% over the ASHRAE 90.1-1999 guidelines. Energy demand was lowered through energy-efficient equipment and design, including extensive daylighting.
Waterless urinals and low-flow plumbing fixtures reduce water consumption more than 30% beyond the requirements of the Energy Policy Act of 1992.
The majority of building materials were selected for their contribution to a healthy indoor environment or other environmentally responsible attributes.