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Local dentist to head professional group

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Dr. Jim Harding

AVON ” Dr. Jim Harding of the Vail Valley Center for Aesthetic Dentistry has been nominated as president-elect of the International Association of Comprehensive


The IACA is a professional group of over 2,000 doctors around the world, representing all cosmetic disciplines. The IACA is one of the premier professional organizations in the world, dedicated to promoting a comprehensive approach to aesthetic oral rehabilitation and to expand the use of cutting-edge advances in aesthetic dentistry.

The election of the new IACA board of directors, and Dr. Harding’s election as president, took place at the organization’s annual conference in Montreal, Canada.

“To be recognized by your peers is always a huge honor.” Dr. Harding said, “But, when that group includes people who have literally created the techniques we now use every day in modern dentistry, it makes this even more incredible.”

The Vail Valley Center For Aesthetic Dentistry is located in the Brookside Building in Avon.

For more information call 845-9980 or go to http://www.vailsmiles.com

VAIL ” Rick Messmer has joined Prudential’s Eagle Ranch office, announced John Slevin, president and owner of Colorado Properties.

Messmer is a native of Colorado and has lived in the Vail Valley since 1996. After graduating from the University of Puget Sound, he followed his passion for fly-fishing, leading him back to the mountains of his home state.

Messmer and his wife call Eagle Ranch home, but he has lived in Vail, Eagle-Vail, Avon, Edwards, and Wolcott.

Messmer can be reached at Prudential’s Eagle Ranch Office at 328-2482, by cell phone at 376-0041 or at rick@vail.net.

Jim Buckner is returning to Morter Architects. Buckner was previously with Morter Architects from 1998 to 2004.

Morter Architects is also seeing some of its long-awaited condominium projects come to fruition. In Vail, Westhaven at Cascade Village is under construction. Westhaven consists of 13 condominium residences adjacent to the Vail Cascade Resort to be completed in February 2007.

In Park City, Utah, the Arrowleaf at Empire Pass project consists of two ski-in/ski-out condominium lodges adjacent to the Deer Valley Resort. Each lodge consists of 28 condominium residences to be completed in two phases; spring and summer of 2007.

In addition to these condominium projects are a number of custom-residential and golf clubhouse projects currently being developed and constructed throughout the Vail Valley; Park City; Austin, Texas; Reno, Nev.; and Paradise Island, Bahamas.

Morter Architects is in its third decade as an award-winning firm located in Vail.

The firm’s Web site is http://www.morterarchitects.com.

EAGLE “The Eagle Ranch Fitness Center, under construction and slated for completion early next summer, is the newest addition to the Eagle Ranch Village master plan.

The project is a joint effort by West Eagle Ranch, LLC and the Eagle Ranch Homeowners Association. The 5,000-square-foot facility is being built on the edge of the village core along Sylvan Lake Road. Membership will be open to both Eagle Ranch residents and non-residents.

The highlight of the center is the ‘cardio’ room, which will boast 18-foot ceilings and full-height windows to take advantage of the natural lighting. This portion of the center will have state-of-the-art cardio equipment such as elliptical trainers, cross-trainers and treadmills. Many will have integrated video monitors.

There will also be a separate room for spin, yoga and other classes.

The plans for the fitness center also include an additional 800 square feet of space available for lease by an ancillary service such as a physical therapist, massage therapist or other health related business. Next-door will be 5,000 square feet of commercial space.

For more information on leasing opportunities in Eagle Ranch Village contact Henry Reed at 970 949-6204 or visit eagleranchvillage.com. Information on memberships at the new Eagle Ranch Fitness Center will be available soon.

VAIL ” The ongoing facilitation of Vail’s Billion Dollar Renewal by the Town of Vail is receiving national attention.

Most recently, Vail was featured at the annual conference of the American Public Works Association International Congress and Exposition in Kansas City, Mo., where Public Works Director Greg Hall and construction coordinators Scott Bluhm and Leonard Sandoval provided an overview of the town’s coordination of more than a dozen major public and private construction projects, all happening simultaneously.

The presentation outlined a series of goals and strategies which are being used to create a safe and productive construction environment while maintaining Vail’s economy through an aggressive special events schedule and a targeted marketing campaign. The town has brought together planners, engineers, inspectors, traffic controllers, guest services coordinators, special event producers, contractors, business representatives, communications experts and others to assist in the construction mitigation planning and implementation.

The effort has resulted in numerous successes, including the projected early completion of the $14 million Vail Village streetscape improvements, which is scheduled to finish one year ahead of schedule. In addition, sales tax revenue, a key indicator of the business community’s success, continues to exceed projections, while another indicator, the annual Ski magazine ratings, returned Vail to the No. 1 spot this year for the fourteen time in 19 years.

Hall said conference attendees were most impressed by Vail’s ability to build relationships with those most impacted by the construction and working proactively to solve problems. The town’s techniques were described as “cutting edge” and will be used as a model for construction management in other resort communities, according to Hall. “We take great pride in what we do and the opportunity to share Vail’s story with our counterparts from across the country was extremely rewarding,” he said.

The American Public Works Association conference was held Sept. 10-13 and also included remarks from Joe Kracum of Kracum Resources, who assisted the town in preparing for the record construction.

Vail has been featured in numerous high-profile publications across the country. With additional projects yet to break ground, Vail’s Billion Dollar Renewal is projected to create over 450 new lodging units and over 100,000 square feet of new shopping and dining space over the next few years. Unrivaled in the community’s history, the renewal aims to keep Vail on top as a destination resort.

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