Bulk of field house work will go to local contractors

Chad Nash of Nash Excavating oversees some site preparation work on the south end of the Enterprise High School football field.

Nash Excavating of Enterprise was preparing a building site on the south end of the football field at Enterprise High Thursday, evidence of the continuation of restoration work since the Oct. 8 fire that left the football field house badly damaged.

“Hopefully, by the middle of spring we’ll have a new Dick Reynolds Memorial Field House,” said Enterprise School Superintendent Brad Royse.

Royse said he had spent 18 hours in discussions with insurance adjusters, who eventually allowed the district to work with local construction firms.

“I was very insistent about using local subcontractors,” he said.

Belfor Restoration out of Boise has been hired to oversee the project, but local contractors will do all of the work not related to architecture and engineering.

“So far there has not been an outside contractor except the architect/engineer, and I offered that job to the local guys and they didn’t have the architecture portion,” Royse said.

The new south-end building site was for the Snack Shack and the track equipment shed, both of which were originally sited next to the field house and will now be moved.

The field house itself will be reconstructed in its original location at the north end of the field. The new facility may be larger than the old one, but those plans are still up in the air as the district awaits their insurance check.

Royse said the district still has no idea what their insurance settlement will be, but that every conversation about the field house — built over the years of 1949-1952 — was about how well constructed the building was.

“The good news is that means we’ll get more money from the insurance,” Royse said.

The Enterprise Education Foundation has collected $21,000 for the rebuilding of the field house. Royse said he expects the foundation will wait to see where the money is most needed.

“I would recommend they not give us anything until we find out what we get from insurance,” he said. “Then they can help us fill holes if need be,”

Another fund at gofundme.com for restoration of the field house and athletic gear has raised more than $2,000 toward a goal of $40,000. To donate, visit: www.gofundme.com/kd5zzsn4.

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