EBOE talks new baseball, softball complex

A new baseball and softball complex for Enterprise High School was discussed at the Enterprise Board of Education work session May 14.

Ken Upchurch, co-owner of Montgomery-based TCU Consulting Company said his company has built 10 high school athletic complexes in the last five years and suggested that the board members visit some of them to get an idea of possible designs for the proposed complex at EHS.

“You have three challenges in this,” Upchurch told those attending the work session. “One is the site, two is the timeframe and three is putting the right team together.”

The proposed site for the complex on the EHS campus is not on level ground, Upchurch said, which presents a variety of options for school officials to consider.

“It would be very difficult, given the site that you’re thinking about, to have that open for baseball season next year,” Upchurch told the board. “I just don’t think it’s possible. In fact, I don’t think it’s reasonable to do that.

“You’re going to have this facility for the next 30 to 40 years,” he said. “We think we are the people to lead that team for you and we’d love to have that opportunity to do that.”

Upchurch said that a new baseball and softball complex, to include concessions, bathrooms and parking, could cost between $2.5 and $3.5 million. “Your goal would be to get somewhere in the middle of that.”

TCU Consulting specializes in program management for architectural, engineering and construction programs and is currently overseeing the project on the EHS campus to fix capstone and leak issues. “We really have appreciated the opportunity to work on the high school repair project,” Upchurch said. “If you decide you want to engage us to help you with this (athletic complex), we’d love to do it for you.

“The biggest thing that we bring to the table is that we have a staff of architects, contractors, engineers, that bring you the expertise that you don’t have on staff or the staff that you don’t have,” Upchurch said. “If I don’t save you two and one half times what you pay me, I’ll fire myself because it’s real important that we bring value to your program or you flat don’t need us.”

No decision was made by the board and no voting is conducted at work sessions.

The next regular meeting of the EBOE is June 25 at the school’s central office on Hutchinson Street. A work session begins at 5 p.m. and a voting meeting begins at 6 p.m. Both meetings are open to the public.

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