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Update on major Vail construction projects

VAIL, Colorado ” Here’s an update of major construction projects in Vail:

Workers are still installing precast concrete, said Craig Cohn, director of sales and leasing for Solaris. One of the tall elevator towers has just been completed, and steel work has just begun and will continue for the next year, he said.

Peter Knobel’s Solaris project will have 77 condos, a three-screen Cinebistro movie theater, a 10-lane bowling alley, stores, restaurants and an ice rink/public plaza. It was approved by Vail voters in July 2006, and is supposed to be completed in the winter of 2009-10. The movie theater is scheduled to open in the summer of 2010.

Concrete for the sixth and seventh floors is completed, and the “topping off” of the concrete is expected by early October. Mechanical, electrical, plumbing work and interior framing continues.

The Four Seasons Resort Vail will have a 120-room hotel, 16 condos and 19 “fractional residences.” The site is located just southwest of the main Vail roundabout and will include a restaurant, spa, pool, library and stores.

Some of the units are completed, while interior work continues on others, said Tye Stockton of Ron Byrne and Associates. Exterior stone work and landscaping is also ongoing. The project should be completed by October, he said.

The new building will have nine “fractional” units and nine condos. The Willows is west of Checkpoint Charlie in Vail Village.

Workers are finishing up interior work on some condos, said Keith Fernandez of Vail Resorts Development Company. That work should be done by September in all but one condo, he said. Exterior work continues and will ramp up this fall, he said.

The Arrabelle has 66 condos, 36 hotel rooms, a spa, meeting rooms, a restaurant, locker rooms, offices, stores, parking and a loading dock. The stores, including Burton, Vail Sports, Patagonia, Quiksilver and Starbucks, are open. The restaurants are Blue Moose Pizza, Centre V, the Vail Chophouse and Rimini, a sweets shop.

Five of the chalets are completed, while work continues on the others, Fernandez said. All of the townhomes will be completed by the end of year, he said. Work is finishing up on the Vail Mountain Club, which is expected to open in the fall, Fernandez said. The spa project at the Lodge at Vail is done, Fernandez added.

Vail Resorts’ Front Door includes 13 townhomes, a skier services building, a private club, a loading dock, an underground garage, a spa and an addition to the Lodge at Vail. The project is located at the base of Vail Mountain in Vail Village.

Excavation and concrete pouring continue at the site, Fernandez said.

Vail Resorts’ Ritz-Carlton Residences are in Lionshead at the corner of South Frontage and West Forest roads, next to the Vail Marriott. It will have 71 condos.

Workers are erecting steel for the 17 new condos, said Howard Olsen of Alter Construction. They are also installing steel for a new clocktower, and work continues to redo the facade of the existing building, he said. In addition, Olsen said, concrete is being poured for walls for the new garage and lobby.

The Landmark is in Lionshead, above Billy’s Island Grill, North Face, the General Store and One Track Mind. The project is going to add 17 condos to the complex. Both of the existing buildings will get a new exterior, and there will also be a new clocktower between the two buildings. The project is supposed to be completed by early 2010.

Workers have completed landscaping, the new exterior of the building and the parking garage, said Chuck Madison of East West Partners, the developer. Residents will start moving in in the next two weeks, he said.

The project is adding a new exterior to the buildings and 17 new condos. There also will be additional underground parking and a new swimming pool.

Work on a plaza between the parking garage and the condo building is continuing, said Ron Byrne, the developer. The pool is also being installed, he added.

The condos are about 60 percent completed, and the entire project should be completed by early December, Byrne said.

The Vail Mountainview Residences on Gore Creek is being built on the site of Apollo Park near Ford Park. The project will have 24 condos.

Workers continue to install air conditioning throughout the hotel. The women’s locker room at the spa is on track for completion in mid-August. At the poolside area, workers are pouring concrete for the new patio and pool area.

Completion of the renovation is scheduled for December. The 292-room Vail Cascade Resort and Spa is west of Lionshead.

The town supervisor for the project could not be reached. As of July, workers were trying to find leaks in the fountain. The completion date for the fountain was uncertain at that time.

The water-fire fountain, designed by WET Designs, a California company that also designed the fountains at the Bellagio in Las Vegas, is at the top of Bridge Street in Vail Village.

Staff Writer Edward Stoner can be reached at 748-2929 or estoner@vaildaily.com.

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