Dollar amount of rain damage still not known at Enterprise

Craig Simmons from Pendleton Electric attaches a support collar for duct work to the ceiling at Enterprise Middle School. Photo by Rocky Wilson

The amount of damage sustained at the Enterprise school from a July 7 rainstorm when the roof was left unprotected during reconstruction work was still not known at press time this week.

The lead figure of the project general contractor for the project, Troy Farwell of W. C. Construction in Elgin, said he probably would not know the damage figure until Friday (tomorrow) when bids for the new repair work were to be into his hands.

The insurance company for roofing subcontractor G & M Construction of Priest River, Idaho - the work crew who failed to cover their work prior to the storm - will pay for the rain damages, said Farwell.

Because of unanticipated costs such as an abundance of dry rot, the cost of construction will exceed the $1.6 million figure bid by W. C. Construction, said project manager Ed Jensen. The project is working off of a $2.4 million levy approved by the voters of the Enterprise school district.

Earlier this week six subcontractors were working on site ranging from roof work, to duct work in the ceilings of the middle school to the painting of the outside of the middle school. Much of the exterior grounds around the west side of the high school and the east side of the middle school were torn up in preparation for new covered walkways which will probably not be in place until early August.

The high school roof is now covered, with only the flashing to be added before that segment of the project is completed. G & M Construction was working on the grade school roof on Monday. Most of the school's roofing is scheduled to be replaced.

The project manager said that the roofing, plumbing and heating elements of the project were all on schedule.

Farwell said after the rain damage was sustained that the repairs would be made before school starts in the fall.

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