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Big projects finishing up in Vail

Melanie Wong
Vail, CO Colorado

VAIL, Colorado ” Wondering what’s behind all that construction sheathing on the Frontage Road in Vail, Colorado, or what the cranes are going to do with those steel beams?

Here’s an update on construction work for major projects in Vail. According to numbers from the town’s community development department, construction slowed down considerably in 2008 compared to previous years, and the slowdown is expected to continue into 2009.

However, some projects are still underway, ensuring the presence of cranes in Vail for the rest of the year. Here’s the latest from the construction sites:

A crew of about 400 workers continue work on both the interior and exterior of the property. Nearly 75 percent of the windows have been installed, and one-third of the exterior stone work has been completed, which will be revealed when the exterior wrapping is removed this spring.

Inside, framing is nearly complete on floors one through six, with continued work on floors seven through 10. Sheet rock work has also begun in the building’s spa, and in the next few months, the custom-made hot tubs will be delivered to the site via crane.

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Four Seasons Resort Vail, which could be finished late this year, includes a 121-room hotel, 19 fractional residences and 16 whole-ownership condominiums. The site is located just southwest of the main Vail roundabout and will include a restaurant, spa, pool, library, apres ski lounge and select retail boutiques.

Steel work on Peter Knobel’s Vail Village project is completed up to the sixth floor of the eight-story building. The building’s steel frame will continue going up for the next three months, said Craig Cohn, director of sales, marketing and leasing for the project.

The electrical and mechanical systems, framing and drywall are all being worked on behind the plastic covering, he said.

The 77 condos in the finished project are already 70 percent sold, Cohn said. Solaris will also have a three-screen movie theater, a 10-lane bowling alley, stores, restaurants and an ice rink in a public plaza. The project is expected to be completed in April 2010.

The building’s steel frame is still set for completion in mid-march.

The east tower of the condo project is complete, the parking garage is almost complete, and work will begin on the west tower over next couple weeks, said Tony Faulhaber, project manager for Viele Construction.

Re-roofing will be done by early March, and interior work will be finished in May.

The project will give a major facelift to the existing condo building, expand the existing units, as well as add nine new condos to the Lionsquare North building.

Of the new condos, six have been presold and three are still available.

Concrete is being poured on the fourth and fifth floors of the seven-floor building, said Howard Olsen, senior project manager at Alter Construction.

The timbers for the new roof, which will be made of exposed wood beams, are going in, and the roof should be finished this month.

Work on the clock tower, which will be the highest in Lionshead when completed, is ongoing. People will be able to see more of the building once concrete pouring continues in the next few weeks, but the clock faces won’t be unveiled until late spring, Olsen said.

The Landmark, which includes the clock tower and 17 condos, is above Billy’s Island Grill, North Face, the General Store and One Track Mind. Plans also include a new exterior for the existing buildings. The project is set for completion in spring 2010.

All the core and shell work on the former Rucksack building is finished, and the interior work is set to finish in March, said Mark Hallenbeck of Highland Builders.

Businesses have already began moving back into the building, which was largely rebuilt beginning last spring. Joe’s Deli in the bottom level reopened in January, and Shirt Off My Back on the street level opened a week ago. Loro Piana, a leather and cashmere store, will open next week, and the Ritz Carlton Club will open in March on the building’s second floor.

Concrete work continues on the five-story building, said Tom Miller, director of development for the Vail Resorts Development Co.

Vail Resorts’ Ritz-Carlton Residences are in Lionshead at the corner of South Frontage and West Forest roads, next to the Vail Marriott. It will have 71 condos and is scheduled for completion late summer 2010.

The newest part of Lionshead is up and running, but workers are still finishing the streetscaping and fireplaces. Work will probably continue until 2010.

The Arrabelle has 66 condos, 36 hotel rooms, a spa, meeting rooms, a restaurant, locker rooms, offices, stores, parking and a loading dock. The stores include Burton, Vail Sports, Patagonia, Quiksilver and Starbucks. The restaurants are Blue Moose Pizza, Centre V, the Vail Chophouse and Rimini, a sweets shop.

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