Solaris in Vail celebrates ‘topping out’ Friday
Vail, CO, Colorado
It’s taken about a year, but the Solaris project in Vail, Colorado, has now reached its full height – just more than 100 feet.
The massive project in Vail Village will celebrate that milestone Friday with a party for the steelworkers who have brought the structure out of the ground as well as various local officials and others.
The celebration – known as a “topping out” in the development business – is an old tradition in the construction industry, and marks the point at which the uppermost, and final, piece of structural steel is put on a building.
“It’s really a way to thank the 500 guys who have gotten us to this point,” said Craig Cohn, director of sales and marketing for Solaris.
As part of the celebration, the last steel beam will be painted orange and signed by all the workers. The beam will be visible for a couple of weeks, until it’s covered up by still more work.
And, Cohn said, work on the project will accelerate now that the structural steel work is finished.
“Steel, and steelworkers, take up a lot of space,” he said. “This will open up space for other trades that need to get to work. It means a lot to the next phases of construction.”
Those next phases will put even more workers on the Solaris site, Cohn said. And there’s a lot of work to do. The current schedule calls for the building to have a roof and windows by the time the snow flies again.
Cohn said it’s “interesting,” but coincidental, that Solaris is celebrating its topping out at roughly the same time the nearby Four Seasons project is going through a change in general contractors and other disputes.
“We want to see everyone succeed,” Cohn said. “The sooner the Four Seasons is finished, the better it is for everyone.”
Snow usually comes and goes in this part of the state. A forecasted storm is expected to stick around for a while. Forecasters are calling for snow to persist throughout the weekend in the high country, with a prospect of a couple of feet of powder by the time the storm starts to diminish on Monday.