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Building chugs along despite rainy month in Vail

Melanie Wong
Vail, CO Colorado

VAIL, Colorado – Several builders said that a rainy month has pushed them back slightly, but nevertheless, Vail, Colorado’s construction projects are moving forward.

Some buildings are nearing the finish line, and exterior finishes, pool decks and roofing can be seen at some of the projects.

Workers are installing exterior stone and stucco finishes on the south and east sides of the project’s residence club wing, said project spokeswoman Emily McCormack. Railings are being installed on the decks and scaffolding is being removed from these sections.

Stone and stucco are in the final phases on the south and west sides of the hotel wing and halfway complete on the north side of the resort.

Construction is moving along at the resort’s pool area, and drywall work continues through the sixth floor.

Four Seasons Resort Vail 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.

The last of the steel framing work is being finished at the project, said Howard Olsen, senior project manager with Alter Construction.

Road work on Lionshead Circle in front of the project was finished this week, and the renovation of the building’s pool area is also underway. The pool area will have new hot tubs, new floors, snowmelt decks and a firepit area. The pool should be finished and open by July 4.

“The rain slowed us down a bit, but we put in a few Saturdays to make up for it,” Olsen said. “We’re doing OK.”

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 and remodeling 23 of the 28 existing condos. The project is set for completion in spring 2010.

Some of the unseen “messy” work is underway at the Lionshead project. Workers finished spraying fireproofing material on the steel frame earlier this week. The exterior wall board, which will eventually be covered with stucco, has started on some parts of the building, said Tony Faulhaber, project manager with J.L. Viele Construction.

Electrical and mechanical work is wrapping up on the project’s east tower, and builders aim to start drywalling the interiors in two weeks.

Faulhaber said the rain has delayed some of the roofing and stucco work, but that the project is still on track for a Thanksgiving opening.

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. Three condos are still up for sale.

The Ritz-Carlton Vail project is continuing to make progress into the summer months, especially on the east side of the project, said Tom Miller, director of development for Vail Resorts Development Co.

On the first floor, the units are all framed in and drywall is being installed. On the second and third floors, electrical work has started. Framing is almost complete or underway for the remaining three floors. Windows and doors have been installed on all of the east side of the building except for the fifth and sixth floors.

Concrete is being poured on the other parts of the building, and exterior drywall work will start in the next few weeks, Miller said.

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 fall 2010.

The last steel beam of the building’s frame will be put in next week, said Craig Cohn, director of sales, marketing and leasing for the project.

“That’s a pretty big milestone, to have the last piece of steel put in place,” he said.

About 500 workers are currently on the site doing mechanical, framing, wiring and other work. The project is currently on schedule and on budget, he said.

The project includes 77 condominiums and 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.

Staff Writer Melanie Wong can be reached at 970-748-2928 or

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