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Inspectors examining Vail’s Four Seasons

Lauren Glendenning
Vail, CO Colorado

VAIL, Colorado – The town of Vail’s Building Department is looking into whether there are more structural problems at the Four Seasons Hotel in Vail.

The town received a letter earlier this week claiming inspections may have missed five or six locations where studrails in the concrete floor slabs are defective, missing or not in compliance with the project’s contract documents – the same reason the owner of the project filed a multi-million-dollar lawsuit against Ground Engineering Consultants in U.S. District Court last spring.

Martin Haeberle, the town’s chief building official, said the Four Seasons got its temporary certificate of occupancy a couple of weeks ago, meaning it has to meet certain conditions within 60 days before a certificate of occupancy is issued. The temporary certificate, however, means the structure is sound and safe.

The structural problems in the lawsuit filed by the owners last spring have been fixed, Haeberle said, and the letter the town received this week isn’t a “building falling down” kind of thing, he said.

“It’s not a panic period, but I do have to research the claims with the (new) contractor,” Haeberle said.

Haeberle said the problem may have already been dealt with, which is what he’s trying to determine. If not, it will have to be dealt with as soon as possible, he said.

The new contractor, Hyder Construction, could not be reached for comment Wednesday. The company is not the same company accused of the structural deficiencies in the lawsuit.

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