Five in running to build Vail firehouse |

Five in running to build Vail firehouse

VAIL, Colorado ” The town of Vail has announced its selection of five finalists competing to design the West Vail fire station. The firms are:

– Bedford Watkins Group Architects, Fort Collins.

– Davis Partnership Architects, Edwards.

– Fennell Group, Colorado Springs.

– Fritzlen Pierce/BKV Group Architects, Vail.-

– Oz Architects, Boulder.

The finalists were selected from among 46 proposals submitted in February. A “task force” comprised of town staff members as well as two representatives from the neighborhood have been working to evaluate the proposals.

The five finalists will take part in an interview process with the task force on April 9. The group will then present its findings to the town manager for final selections, which will ultimately be referred to the Town Council.

The process to select a design firm follows the Town Council’s approval of a master plan that calls for a fire station to be constructed on the former Wendy’s restaurant site acquired by the town in 2007. The master plan calls for a fire station of about 11,500 square feet on the site, with a 3,300 square foot dorm on the second floor to accommodate student resident firefighters.

The plan also calls for a three-bay fire station with living quarters and administration offices. A meeting space to accommodate community groups, training and an emergency operations center is also planned. The Chamonix Master Plan also calls for construction of 58 deed-restricted, for-sale housing units on the adjacent town-owned property.

The initial design work for the fire station will take an estimated 4-6 months to complete with construction decisions occurring in late 2009 or early 2010, Fire Chief Mark Miller said.

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