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"Contractor’s weather" keeps Vail projects going

Melanie Wong
Vail, CO Colorado

VAIL, Colorado ” Recent weather may not be the best for skiing in Vail, Colorado, but it hasn’t been bad for construction.

Several of Vail’s major construction projects are moving ahead, with some slated to finish later this year. Here’s an update on what’s going on:

Construction pace is steady as nearly 400 workers are on the work site each day, said Emily McCormack, the project’s spokeswoman.

Posts are being installed on the exterior balcony of the building and workers have begun applying stucco. Crews are also focused on exterior detail items such as window trim and molding at the roofline.

On the interior, the resort’s full-service spa is quickly taking shape. The cold plunge pools for both the men’s and women’s facilities have been delivered, and installation is currently underway. Drywall is also continuing.

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.

Construction remains on schedule and the resort is slated for completion in late 2009.

Work is completed up to the sixth floor deck on Peter Knobel’s project, and workers are starting on the seventh, said Craig Cohn, director of sales, marketing and leasing for the project.

Workers have been putting up the eight-story building’s steel framework for the past couple months. The roof is expected to be finished by mid-May, and retail stores that will occupy the development will be announced sometime in the summer, 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 Bridge Street building adjacent to Red Lion in the village is expected to be finished by the end of the month, said Mark Hallenbeck of Highland Builders

Of the businesses that will be in the building, Shirt Off My Back and Joe’s Deli are already open. The Ritz Carlton Club showroom and Loro Piana, a leather and cashmere store, are expected to open next week. One retail space is still available.

Some interior finishing and electrical work is still ongoing, Hallenbeck said.

The new lobby building, exposed roof timbers and deck of the condo expansion and renovation are finished, said Howard Olsen, senior project manager at Alter Construction.

Of the building’s seven stories, concrete has been poured up to the sixth floor, and the pouring will be finished within the month.

Roof framing will start next week, Olsen said.

Work that is also planned to be finished in March includes framing and installing the copper roofing on the building’s clocktower.

Olsen said the warm weather and clear skies have helped work move along quickly.

“This has been contractor’s weather,” he said. “I’m not complaining at all.”

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.

Ongoing work on the outdoor details of the Lionshead development is ongoing and expected to continue into 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.

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.

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