Ty Pennington (center) leads the volunteer construction crew during braveheart moment of the "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" at the Oregon School for the Deaf on Monday, Sept, 6, 2010. The construction crew build a new Nightmare Factory haunted house at the school. (TIMOTHY J. GONZALEZ | Statesman Journal)
Salem,OR — ABC's Emmy award winning hit show Extreme Makeover: Home Edition has announced the recipients of the Salem, OR Extreme Makeover: Home Edition build project.
Tuesday afternoon, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition traveled to Salem's Oregon School for the Deaf (OSD). There the design team met the students of the residential school for deaf and hard of hearing students known throughout the state 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!"
Funds from OSD's annual Nightmare Factory, a spine tingling haunted house held for two weeks leading up to and including Halloween night in the basement of the boys' dormitory, go a long way toward generating much-needed income for the 140 year-old financially-strapped school, a place which students consider their second home. The 12,000 square foot basement where the Nightmare Factory is usually held has become frightfully unsafe. The EMHE design team has just one week to make the OSD basement safe again and tricking it out in a scary and spectacular way for the annual Nightmare Factory. The improvements they make will surely help increase OSD's fundraising revenue for years to come. Along with re-doing the Nightmare Factory, a second building project is going on at the same location that will include dorm rooms and a living area.
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Here are some more links about the story. Some of the links provided below will have links to pictures and videos of the project's progress up until the big reveal.
The episode is scheduled to air on Halloween Night, Sunday, October 31st.
KATU Channel 2
Bad Boys Scenic Design
Davis Graveyard Blog (FrogOnThePumpkin)
The Oregon School for the Deaf was also the site of the inaugural West Coast Haunter's Convention this past May.
Bad Boys Scenic Design of Green Bay, WI and Oregon-based haunters Chris and Jeff Davis of The Davis Graveyard are actively involved in the haunt's scenic design portion of the project.
I have been asked by Chris Davis to join the Davis Graveyard team in helping with their portion of the project. I gave them an emphatic 'HELL, YES!' and look forward to helping out a truly great guy in Ed Roberts, contributing to such a great cause as OSD as well as working alongside some of my favorite haunters in The Davis' and the Bad Boys Scenic Design crew.
As a relatively new Oregonian and as a haunter and fan of DIY shows, this is the coolest thing to come down the pike in many a moon. Can't wait.