McCoy Elementary was designed to accommodate 800 2nd, 3rd and 4th grade students, as well as allow room to grow to reach a total capacity of 1,000 students. The building has a curved commons area, which connects the activities building and bus drop to the solar plaza reading area. The parent drop-off, administrative space, media center and math and science demonstration areas are aligned on this link to provide access for all grades. Classroom wings are located off of the commons area. Zones between the classroom wings are used for outdoor learning. The cafeteria space is also a holding space for buses. It includes a platform, which can be used for assemblies or plays. One of the unique features of
this building is the solar plaza. It is an outdoor reading and learning zone. Half spheres are embedded in the concrete, and they illustrate the relationship of each planet to the sun. Specific information about each planet can be found on the interior of the seat wall.