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Extreme Makeover targets Oregon School for the Deaf

Rich Duncan

The Oregon School for the Deaf (OSD) was announced as the recipient of the Extreme Makeover: Home Edition build project.

At the surprise announcement on Monday, Sept. 6, the show’s design team met the students of the residential school for deaf and hard of hearing students known for its curriculum in American Sign Language. The students learned that OSD would be the recipient of a makeover during their back-to-school picnic when they saw an airplane pulling a 5,000 square foot banner overhead, greeting them with the message: “Good Morning, Oregon School for the Deaf!”

Keizerite Rich Duncan, of Rich Duncan Construction, is leading the build  in which crews will overhaul the boys’ dormitory basement and pave the way for OSD’s annual Nightmare Factory, a haunted house created in the space for the two weeks leading up to and including Halloween night.

“I am humbled to be a part of something so important in the lives of these kids. This project will have a lasting impact, not only on the current students, but on the lives of future students. My wife Shelly and I are grateful to be able to lead this build,” Duncan said in a press release.

Nightmare Factory generates much-needed income for the 140 year-old, financially-strapped school. The improvements and publicity are expected to help increase OSD’s fundraising revenue. In addition to the basement, a second building project will rehabilitate dorm rooms and a living area.

The Starkey Hearing Foundation is sponsoring more than 100 students and parents on a trip to their facility in Eden Prairie, Minnesota, while Extreme Makeover: Home Edition team leader Ty Pennington, designers Paige Hemmis, Michael Maloney and Johnny Littlefield, along with Duncan’s construction team and community volunteers, rebuild the structure.

The location of the build project is 999 Locust Street NE off Cherry Avenue south of the Salem Parkway. Spectator hours are 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and will run through the day of reveal. Parking is at the fairgrounds in the south parking lot.  Shuttles will provide transportation from the fairgrounds to the build site.

Spectators are asked not drive to the build site.

Marion-Polk Food Share will be collecting food at the site. In previous makeovers, as much as 80 to 100 tons of food have been collected for local food banks, organizers said.

The Salem project will be featured in the series’ eighth season premiere, Sept. 26.

To make donations and for up-to-the-minute information on the project, as well as information and details on spectator hours and details for parking and shuttles,  visit Rich Duncan Construction’s website at [MAP:1]