Enterprise High School construction moving along

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ENTERPRISE, AL (WSFA) -  It's been two and half years since a deadly tornado destroyed Enterprise High School in March of 2007.

A brand new Hillcrest Elementary School was opened this year on the site of the old high school, and about a mile away work is moving along on the new high school set to open next year.

Sitting on 130 acres of land the new Enterprise High School is starting to take shape as construction has been nonstop since January.

"I'm a little overwhelmed each and every day when I drive out and just looking at this thing coming out of the ground," says Bob Tomberlin, the administrative assistant for the Enterprise School System.

"We've got a lot of the masonry in place, we've had a lot of rain but we've made good progress," explains Dennis Henderson, the onsite architect.

When it comes to obstacles on the jobsite Mother Nature has been one of the bigger challenges so far.

"That has been a big obstacle but we've had periods of dry weather but we're really blessed to be where we are at this point," adds Henderson.

Despite wet conditions school officials say work is still on schedule.

The school is set to open next fall and around 1500 students are set to attend.

It was the March 1st tornado that destroyed the old school, and officials say this new school will be storm ready.

"It's got tornado shelters which is basically a safe area designed to withstand typical activity, basically the building is designed to withstand a 250 wind load," explains Henderson.

As the progress continues those who call enterprise home are excited about what their seeing.

"We're leaving the old, but we move on, and I think we're going to have one of the finest schools in the state and we're extremely proud of it," says Thad Morgan, ECS former superintendant.

Proud of a school that will be home for a number of generations to come.

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