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Arrabelle’s roof needs some repairs in Vail

Lauren Glendenning
Vail, CO Colorado
Vail Daily file photoVail Resorts said work on the roof of Arrabelle will try to stay out of the way of special events

VAIL, Colorado –The Arrabelle at Vail Square opened a year and a half ago and Vail Resorts Development Company is already replacing portions of the roofs on all four buildings in the massive Lionshead development.

Project Manager Matt Lydens met with Lionshead and Arrabelle business owners Tuesday to talk about the roof construction that will begin later this week and end by Nov. 13, he said. The project is going to replace about five rows of clay tiles with copper roofing around the perimeters of each of the four Arrabelle buildings.

“Clay tiles on the roof have been falling off – one fell on a person last year,” said Leonard Sandoval, town of Vail construction coordinator.

Business owners asked about things like falling construction debris and scaffolding around the area that could possibly impact their businesses during construction.

“Vail Resorts is very aware of how impactful this is going to be,” Lydens said.

Construction would work around events happening in the area, like Oktoberfest Sept. 11 through 13 and an antique car rally show Sept. 18. Most of the work will be done from above, meaning there will be a small amount of construction equipment on the ground around the buildings, Lydens said.

“We don’t want to get in the way,” Lydens said.

As to why the roofs of four brand new buildings already need work, Lydens said it’s a natural part of the building and design process. Architects, engineers and other experts studied designs and built what they thought would work, but now they’re realizing the designs need some tweaking.

“It’s part of the learning curve,” he said.

In addition to replacing clay tiles, Vail Resorts Development Company is also adding snow fences – structures that collect snow in the winter and keep it from falling – and heating tape that helps the snow melt quickly on “key areas” of the roof, Lydens said.

“It’s unacceptable for anything to fall on anybody,” he said.

Construction workers will work on the roof from about 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Thursday, leaving weekends free of construction and noise while more people are around and more events are going on.

Kristin Williams of Vail Resorts said the company couldn’t comment on how much the roof replacement and repairs would cost, but Lydens said “it’s a lot of money – it’s a big number.”

Lauren Glendenning can be reached at 970-748-2983 or

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