Municipal building boom
VAIL, Colorado – The town of Vail’s so-called Billion Dollar Renewal – the time frame when large projects such as the Arrabelle, Solaris, Ritz-Carlton and Four Seasons were built, among other projects – might be over, but a municipal building boom is taking off.The town of Vail is sprucing up some of its aging buildings and infrastructure, and the construction can currently be seen all over town.In Lionshead, both the East Lionshead Bus Stop and Concert Hall Plaza streetscape improvement projects are underway. The East Lionshead Bus Stop is located at East Lionshead Circle, between the Lionshead parking garage and Lionshead Village, and Concert Hall Plaza is the bus area located in the area between the Marriott and Moe’s BBQ.The contract for those projects was awarded to B&B Excavating for $2,190,270.Another town upgrade that recently got underway is the main Vail fire station, located near the intersection of Meadow Drive and Vail Road.That project has a budget of $1.9 million – $150,000 of which was for design and engineering – which will cover a major interior and exterior renovation. The existing fire station is not being torn down, however.The fire station, known in town as Fire Station 2, was a project the town had in its sights for 2013, but more municipal construction projects have surfaced, which made town officials move the project to 2012 instead. Fire Station 2 firefighters are currently stationed out of a space beneath La Bottega, just across the street from the fire station. Fire crews are responding to calls from there, although they have to run across the street to get into their trucks when calls come in. Crews are expected to be able to move back into the fire station by February or March.In 2013, the town of Vail’s municipal building and community development building are scheduled to be torn down to make way for a new municipal building and a new medical office building, a project being done in partnership with the Vail Valley Medical Center, Steadman Clinic and Steadman Philippon Research Institute. Some town of Vail employees will temporarily relocate to the space beneath La Bottega at that time, after fire crews have moved back into their station. The town also plans to begin construction at the Vail Golf Club on an expanded and renovated clubhouse. Both projects are making their way through the town’s approval and entitlement process.