New Vail fire station wins national award |

New Vail fire station wins national award

Daily staff report
Vail, CO Colorado

VAIL, Colorado – The West Vail Fire Station No. 3 has been named among the country’s best fire station designs through a peer review process. The Vail station is featured along with other innovative fire stations in the November issue of Fire Chief magazine, which sponsors the awards.

In all, 70 new facilities were nominated for the recognition with 37 stations selected as award recipients in the career categories of gold, silver, bronze and notable. Vail was selected for a silver style design award. Joining Vail as top recipients in the career category, which is designated for departments with 100 percent full-time or part-time paid staffing, were fire stations built in Olympia and Kenmore, Wash.

Nominations were evaluated by a panel of judges made up of experienced architects and fire chiefs who looked at a variety of factors, including functionality, overall design, environmental aspects, aesthetics, training aspects and accessibility.

The Vail station opened in April and was designed by Belford Watkins Group LLC, based in Fort Collins and constructed by Drahota Construction at a cost of $5.3 million. –

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