Design-build firm sought for Chamonix in West Vail
VAIL — The town of Vail is seeking proposals to provide design-build construction services for development of residential housing on the Chamonix parcel, located at 2310 Chamonix Road in West Vail.
Individuals, firms and teams are asked to register with the town by emailing Shelley Bellm in the community development department at email@example.com to access a share file site with details. Proposals are due by noon on April 28. Finalists are scheduled to be interviewed May 12, with a selection announcement on May 17 in anticipation of a project start May 19.
The scope of services involved in the Chamonix housing development includes architectural design, construction and delivery of the new homes to the town at a mutually-agreed guaranteed maximum price. The 3.6-acre property is planned for up to 58 for-sale, deed-restricted affordable housing units. The development is to be constructed in phases in response to real estate market absorption rates with the first homes coming on line in summer and fall of 2017. Final pricing is yet to be determined.
To help subsidize affordability of the development, the town will entertain proposals that include a small percentage of the site set aside for the construction of low-density, free market homes.
A lottery system will be developed by the town to select eligible buyers. Ownership of the land will be retained by the town and will be specified in a development agreement which will stipulate additional terms with the design-build contractor, including number of homes, unit types, quality of construction and material specifications, construction schedule, development phases, budget and home prices.
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The town’s selection and evaluation criteria include a preference for local professionals or teams, provided they are both qualified and financially competitive. Other skills and abilities include a demonstrated ability to complete projects on time and on budget with a commitment to the successful completion of the development in accordance with the project’s goals and objectives as well as a demonstrated ability to obtain favorable construction financing and to be fully bonded and insured to cover the cost of the construction.
The Chamonix parcel is currently the largest town-owned property set aside for affordable housing. As such, the parcel provides the town’s greatest opportunity to be the new neighborhood of choice for persons and families choosing to make Vail their permanent residence.
The development goals and objectives for the Chamonix property adopted by the Vail Town Council in 2014 are:
• Optimize the use of the site for affordable for-sale housing (15-25 dwelling units per acre).
• Design a context-sensitive design solution.
• Ability to be phased over time (two-phase minimum).
• Deliver desirable, marketable and diverse types of housing products (duplexes; one-, two- and three-bedroom flats; townhomes, etc.).
• Maximize the town’s limited financial resources.
• Build responsibly, given the existing site configuration, topography and natural features of the site.
• Develop a diversified costand sales structure to respond to a wide range of buyers (a pricing structure based on income).
The town is pursuing a schedule that allows for completion of 100 percent design development plans and entitlements by September. Utility infrastructure work is currently occurring on the site in preparation for the design-build phase.
For more information, contact Vail Community Development Director George Ruther at 970-479-2145.