Steel, concrete and pavers |

Steel, concrete and pavers

VAIL – Construction continues full-tilt in Vail as the summer season approaches. Here’s a project-by-project update.Streetscape projects• Workers have installed a snowmelt system around the Children’s Fountain, and workers will start next week on putting down pavers (stone) on Gore Creek Drive.• Workers are installing a heated ramp and sidewalk on Hanson Ranch Chute. Workers are putting down dirt at the Mill Creek Court Building. • Installation of pavers is complete on Gore Creek Promenade (near Blu’s Restaurant). Landscaping work continues.• Streetscape work has begun on East Meadow Drive. A utility trench has been dug and a snowmelt main has been installed. Work will stop for the summer and continue with paver work in the fall. Work moved west from Crossroads toward Vail Road. Work continues on drainage.These streetscape project are supposed to wrap up June 23.Village parking structureThe town is installing a snowmelt system at the entrance of the Vail Village parking structure. Cars must use the exit as both an entrance and exit during the work, which is scheduled to end July 1.Front Door projectWater and sewer work is finishing up near Checkpoint Charlie and on Vail Road, said Doug Thompson of Hyder Construction. Workers are also doing utility work at the base of Vail Mountain near the Vista Bahn. Vail Resorts’ Front Door project includes a new skier services building, a private club, a new spa for the Lodge at Vail and Lodge at Vail Chalets residences. Vail Resorts Development Company won’t release a timeline for the project, but Town of Vail’s Community Development Director Russell Forrest said the company has indicated it will start excavation for the project this summer.Vail Plaza Hotel and ClubWorkers are doing construction on the wall coverings as well as fireproofing and waterproofing, said Michelle Willyard of Shaw Construction. A skylight will be delivered soon and installed. The tall cranes will be moved out in 1-2 weeks. Vail Road will have to close for a few days when that happens.The Vail Plaza Hotel and Club is between the frontage road and East Meadow Drive in Vail Village. The project includes 100 hotel rooms, 38 timeshares – each with between one and four bedrooms – two restaurants and a spa. The restaurants will be DaVinci, an Italian restaurant, and Milano, a casual restaurant. The building is expected to be completed in December, and construction began in November 2004.One Willow Bridge RoadStone work is ongoing on the exterior of the building, said Craig McPeek of the Weitz Company. Concrete is being poured for balconies. A crane will be set up later this week to install a dormer. Workers are also working on the swimming pool and hot tub areas. Insulation and drywall work should start next week.Work began in January 2005, and no completion date is set, said developer Bob McNichols. One Willow Bridge Road is at the International Bridge and East Meadow Drive in Vail Village. The building will include a marketplace including a cafeteria, a grocery, a bakery, a sweet shop, a wine bar and a liquor store.Sonnenalp Bavaria Haus expansionWorkers are constructing stone walls and doing electrical, concrete and landscaping work, said Steve Kelsey of the Weitz Company. Construction began in April 2005 and is supposed to be completed June 15. The expansion includes 41 hotel rooms – which are already being used by guests – offices, underground parking and retail space including the Swiss Chalet restaurant, clothier Luca Bruno Due and Verbatim Booksellers, said Johannes Faessler of the Sonnenalp. The Sonnenalp is on Vail Road at the corner of East Meadow Drive. FirstBankWork continues on the exterior of the FirstBank on Vail Road. Workers are adding stone veneer and redoing landscaping, said Judy Sanford of Floyd Custom Builders. Work began last week and will continue until the middle of August, she said. No weekend work is planned. Four SeasonsExcavation will begin in early June on the Four Seasons. Shoring will take four to five months, said David Brooks of The John Hardy Group, and the first concrete is expected to be poured in October.The building will have 120 hotel rooms, 16 condos and 19 timeshares. It’s supposed to be completed in 2008. The Four Seasons will be just southwest of the main Vail roundabout.The Arrabelle at Vail SquareWorkers are filling in dirt around the site. Steel work for the northeast building is supposed to be done in the first week of June, followed by roof work.The building began in April and is slated to be completed by late 2007. The Arrabelle will have 67 condos and a 36-room hotel. The building is on the site of the old gondola building in Lionshead.Gore Creek PlaceA spokesman for Vail Resorts Development Company didn’t return calls Monday seeking an update on Gore Creek Place.There are 16 townhouses, each with four or five bedrooms. All have been sold. Vail Resorts Development Company hopes to finish the first homes by late spring. The entire project should be done by the end of the year, and the project began in late 2004. The Gore Creek Place townhouses are alongside Gore Creek behind the Vail Marriott in Lionshead.AlpenroseThe Alpenrose restaurant in Vail Village is set to reopen the first part of June, said Bonnie Havlik of Havlik Real Estate. Workers are finishing up interior work, she said. Construction began last November. The restaurant will have new floors and booths.Eagle River Water and Sanitation District• The district is repairing curbs and pavers that were damaged during a project last fall near Pazzo’s and the Austria Haus on Meadow Drive. The work should be finished by the end of the week.• The district will replace a water valve along South Frontage Road on the north side of the road near the Wren. That will happen this week. Another water valve will be replaced later on South Frontage Road at Village Center Road. There will be some water interruptions at nearby buildings.Staff Writer Edward Stoner can be reached at 748-2929 or, Colorado

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