Construction work never stops in Vail |

Construction work never stops in Vail

VAIL ” Here’s a rundown of the big construction projects in Vail:

Steel and wood are being erected at the Vail Mountain Club building, and the chalet homes are being framed, said Bob Kaufmann, vice president for development for Vail Resorts Development Company.

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. The skier services building and the garage are supposed to be completed by next ski season.

The spa and the Lodge addition are supposed to be complete by Christmas 2007. The private club and the townhomes are supposed to be completed in 2008.

Workers are doing excavation work, and that’s expected to last 100-110 days, Kaufmann said. The developer hopes to be built up to “grade” level by early 2008. Final completion is slated for 2010.

Vail Resorts’ Ritz-Carlton Residences are in Lionshead at the corner of South Frontage and West Forest roads, next to the Vail Marriott. Completion is expected in the winter of 2009-10. It will have 71 condos.

The retail spaces are under construction, and the hotel is being finished up now, Kaufmann said.

The hotel is set to open Jan. 5, and the stores and restaurants are supposed to be open before Christmas.

The Arrabelle will have 66 condos ” all have been sold ” 36 hotel rooms, a spa, meeting rooms, a restaurant, mountain operations space, stores, parking and a loading dock. It is in the center of Lionshead on the site of the old gondola building.

Work has begun on a utility crossing of Gore Creek near the Vail Chapel. Workers also recently removed a utility bridge across Gore Creek near the water plant in Vail.

The streetscape projects have begun on the International Bridge and at Seibert Circle, where a fountain will be installed. The projects should be completed by the start of ski season.

Workers are in Gore Creek installing inflatable bladders, which seek to improve Vail’s whitewater park. Work in the creek is supposed to be done by the end of the month, and the park is supposed to be working by this fall.

A representative for Vail Plaza Hotel and Club could not be reached Tuesday. Officials have said a grand opening is planned for the beginning of the ski season.

The project is between South Frontage Road and East Meadow Drive in Vail Village. It has 100 hotel rooms, 38 fractional fee units, two restaurants, a bar and a spa.

Work was stalled on site for a few weeks because the project is trying to get a permit from the state Department of Transportation. While the developer was still waiting for that permit, on Monday work started on grading and excavation that doesn’t require the permit, said Craig Cohn, director of sales and leasing for Solaris.

The project is still slated to be completed in the winter 2009-10, he said.

Solaris will have 75 condos, a three-screen movie theater, a 10-lane bowling alley, stores, restaurants and an ice rink/public plaza. It was approved by Vail voters in July 2006.

The last pieces of concrete are in place, and the building will “top out” to its highest point within the next 40 days, said developer Ron Byrne. Workers will move on to building the garage for the project, 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. It’s supposed to be done in December 2008.

Excavation is 95 percent complete and will be completely finished by the end of September, said Doug Hipskind, a representative for the developer, Black Diamond-Vail. The concrete for the building’s foundation will be poured for the first time tomorrow, and foundation work will continue through the end of October.

The Four Seasons will have 120 hotel rooms, 16 condos and 19 timeshares. The site is just southwest of the main Vail roundabout. It is supposed to be completed in September of 2009.

Steel is being erected for the additional condos that are being built on top of the old condos, said John Parr of GE Johnson Construction. Excavation continues for the new underground garage. And workers are putting up new siding on the old units, and putting in new windows.

The project will redo the exterior of the buildings and add 17 new condos. It will also add underground parking and a new swimming pool. The targeted completion date is fall of 2008, Madison said.

Workers are putting in the heated sidewalk and doing stucco work on the exterior, said Howard Bridgland of Nedbo Construction. They are also finishing up sprinkler and alarm work inside the building, he said.

The project includes an exterior facelift, a new swimming pool, landscaping, new hallway decor, a new sprinkler system and a new alarm system, Bridgland said. The work should be done by November, Bridgland said.

Nine Vail Road is on Vail Road near the Four Seasons site.

Workers are doing foundation concrete work, said Tye Stockton of Ron Byrne and Associates Real Estate.

The new building will have nine fractional units and nine condos. It’s supposed to be completed in the fall of 2008. The Willows is west of Checkpoint Charlie in Vail Village.

Masonry, stucco and framing work continue at the site, said Mark Hallenbeck of Highland Builders Corp.

Workers are redoing the store space at the Landmark, which includes Vail Sports, Ski Base and Billy’s Island Grill. The work is supposed to be completed by the upcoming ski season.

The Bell Tower is getting an exterior facelift. Workers are demolishing decks on the south side of the building now, and the decks will be put back in through the fall season. Work on the east side of the building, adjacent to the Children’s Fountain, is largely completed.

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

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