EHS Field House up and running

Kathleen Ellyn

Wallowa County Chieftain

Published on October 31, 2017 2:46PM

Last changed on October 31, 2017 2:55PM

Kathleen Ellyn/ChieftainJust a peek in a corner of the boys locker room at the new Enterprise High School Field House as the team practiced on the field during an Open House event last week.

Kathleen Ellyn/ChieftainJust a peek in a corner of the boys locker room at the new Enterprise High School Field House as the team practiced on the field during an Open House event last week.

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When Enterprise High’s old Field House burned Oct. 25, 2016, there was an understandable surge of concern county-wide. But the Phoenix that has risen from the ashes is stunning.

The humble timber and plywood field house, constructed 1949-1952, didn’t look like much –– but its replacement value is what the insurance company paid –– $820,000.

Now, a year later: “We’re a lot better off than we were before,” said Enterprise High School Principal Blake Carlsen.

Because of the replacement value, in addition to modernizing the building to a great degree, the school was able to include a lot of rooms the old building didn’t offer, Carlsen said.

“Our ticket booth, concessions and track equipment storage were all separate before and we didn’t have a visitors locker room,” he noted.

The building went from approximately 1600 square-feet to a 2718 square-foot colored concrete building.

Now, not only are those rooms added to the final building, but many upgrades were added thanks to donated time and materials or money saved in one area that could be applied to another.

That better “bang for your buck” came because although Balfor Construction out of Boise oversaw the construction, local contractors did most of the work.

Carlsen gave a partial list of the individuals and groups who donated time, beginning with teachers who dedicated a whole afternoon after school to paint the inside of the building. Construction crews also gave extra hours throughout the build, as did plumbers, electricians and suppliers.

Two representative contributions were those made by Troy Farwell of Wellens Farwell Construction, who put the lockers up on galvanized stripping to prevent rusting, and Jared Bedard of Carpet One, who put fascia on the surface to prevent mop water damage.

Part of that support went to the Enterprise Education Foundation in donations — a total of approximately $27,000. Enterprise Education Foundation President Cindi Aschenbrenner said they had recently begun dipping into that fund.

“We’re just starting to spend the money, now that we can see what’s beneficial to the kids,” Aschenbrenner said. “We’re still working with the administration and coaches of not only the football but track program to spend the rest of it.”

So far the foundation has purchased motivational signs for the locker room, stencils to paint the field, laptop and projector and screen to review games; additional pads and protective gear, coolers for road trips, water bottles and more.



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