Trillium Creek Elementary major district project, built to alleviate overcrowding

A new elementary school in the West Linn Wilsonville School District is currently under construction on Rosemont Road. Trillium Creek Elementary is being constructed to alleviate overcrowding in the district’s other elementary schools, and to be eco-friendly. It is expected to open by fall of 2012.

The school is located on a 16 acre site, and plans for the school will use 15.5 acres, including playing fields, parking lots, driveways and wetland creation and recreation. The building itself is wood-framed and will stand two stories tall with 67,000 square feet.

The designs for the school include many Eco-friendly features, such as photovoltaic panels, a wind turbine, a rain water cistern for flushing toilets, sunshades, operable windows for passive ventilation and advanced utility metering for energy usage monitoring. The district hopes that Trillium Creek will be LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) gold certified. The designs also include plans for wetland restoration, and will likely become a part of the student’s curriculum.

Plans for Trillium Creek were approved by the district in the spring of 2009. The school comes with a price tag of $25 million, which covers all expenses of the construction, furnishing and building permits. It was funded by the 2008 Capital Bonds Program, which was passed by district voters in November 2008.

The school will be ready to accommodate 500 elementary students by its 2012 opening.

Most of the students at Trillium Creek will be moved from existing schools. However, they have not yet set the school boundaries. A task force has been established in order to establish these zones. Trillium Creek will be staffed using personnel from other schools in the district.