Construction progress in Vail |

Construction progress in Vail

Dominique Taylor/Vail DailyChris Freeman, the leadman for the precast crew, does welding work on a precast concrete column Friday at the Solaris construction site in Vail Village. The project is slated for conpletion in 2010.

VAIL ” Here’s an update of major construction projects in Vail:


The building’s foundation was completed two weeks ago, said Craig Cohn, director of sales and leasing for the project. Precast concrete work will be done in early October, then steel work will happen next spring, he said.

Peter Knobel’s Solaris project will have 77 condos, a three-screen Cinebistro movie theater, a 10-lane bowling alley, stores, restaurants and an ice rink/public plaza. It was approved by Vail voters in July 2006, and is supposed to be completed in early 2010.

Four Seasons

Concrete work has been completed through the ninth floor of the building, said Doug Hipskind of development company Black Diamond Resorts-Vail LLC. The 10th and final floor will be poured this week, he said.

Roof steel is being placed on the hotel and “residence club” wings, Hipskind said. The mechanical contractor is installing over a mile of pipes every week, he said. Duct work, waterproofing and interior and exterior framing are continuing, he added

The Four Seasons Resort Vail will have a 120-room hotel, 16 condos and 19 “fractional residences.” The site is located just southwest of the main Vail roundabout and will include a restaurant, spa, pool, library and stores.


A representative for the Willows could not be reached. The project is supposed to be completed by October.

The new building will have nine “fractional” units and nine condos. The Willows is west of Checkpoint Charlie in Vail Village.

Arrabelle at Vail Square

Asphalt is being replaced between Montauk and Patagonia, according to an update from Vail Resorts via the town of Vail. The planter in front of Performance Sports will have the concrete footer poured, and stone work will start at the end of next week, the update said. Continuation of the snowmelted pavers in front of the new ticket office will be complete by ski season.

Drains and pavers are being raised or lowered on the plaza to address puddles, the update said. The plaza fountain is almost complete, and maypole art work is scheduled to happen in early October, the update said. The gondola building is getting a new stone facade to match the Arrabelle buildings.

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, including Burton, Vail Sports, Patagonia, Quiksilver and Starbucks, are open. The restaurants are Blue Moose Pizza, Centre V, the Vail Chophouse and Rimini, a sweets shop.

Front Door

Grading at the bottom of the ski hill, where the trailers were, is nearly complete, according to a town of Vail update. All work should be wrapped up by the first week of October, according to the update. The Vail Mountain Club is expected to open this fall, and the new spa at the Lodge at Vail is already open.

Vail Resorts’ Front Door includes 13 townhomes, a skier services building, a private club, a loading dock, an underground garage, a spa and an addition to the Lodge at Vail. The project is located at the base of Vail Mountain in Vail Village.


Excavation and concrete pouring continue at the site.

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.

Landmark Condominiums

Workers are finishing the concrete walls of the underground garage, said Howard Olsen of Alter Construction. In a couple of weeks, workers will install the concrete that will go on top of the garage. Also in the next couple of weeks, workers will install steel trusses for the top three stories of the townhouses, Olsen said.

The Landmark is in Lionshead, above Billy’s Island Grill, North Face, the General Store and One Track Mind. The project is going to add 17 condos to the complex. Both of the existing buildings will get a new exterior, and there will also be a new clocktower between the two buildings. The project is supposed to be completed by early 2010.

Manor Vail

A representative for Manor Vail could not be reached.

The project, which is now finishing up, is adding a new exterior to the buildings and 17 new condos. There also will be additional underground parking and a new swimming pool.

Vail Mountainview Residences

Developer Ron Byrne said 18 of the 24 units are completed and interior work is finishing up. Exterior stonework and grading work continue, Byrne said. The pool is about halfway done, he added.

The entire project should be completed by early December, Byrne said.

The Vail Mountainview Residences on Gore Creek is being built on the site of Apollo Park near Ford Park. The project will have 24 condos.

Seibert Circle

Todd Oppenheimer, who is supervising the project for the town of Vail, said workers believe they have fixed all the leaks in the basin of the fountain. Workers will be testing the basin for leaks over the next several days, he said.

The completion date for the fountain is uncertain at this time, Oppenheimer said.

The water-fire fountain, designed by WET Designs, a California company that also designed the fountains at the Bellagio in Las Vegas, is at the top of Bridge Street in Vail Village.

Vail Cascade Resort and Spa

Air conditioning installation continues through Vail Cascade’s 292 guest rooms into next month.

Construction has started on the property’s front drive and porte cochere. The creek-side patio and swimming pool work continues.

On the creek side of the property, the structure work for the Chap’s deck enclosure has begun. Construction in this area will continue into mid-December.

At Aria Spa, renovation of the women’s spa locker room was completed in late August. Renovation of the men’s spa locker room has begun and will continue throughout the month.

Vail Cascade Resort and Spa has 292 rooms and more than 80 condos.

Tower Residences

Precast concrete has been set, and workers are finishing up the foundation, said Tony Faulhaber of Viele Construction. Steel work is set to start in the first week of October, he said.

This project will expand the existing condos and add nine new condos to the Lionsquare North building. It will also create a new exterior for the building.

Staff Writer Edward Stoner can be reached at 748-2929 or

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