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Vail: 44 interested in building fire station

Daily staff report
Vail, CO Colorado

VAIL, Colorado ” The Town of Vail has received 44 proposals from architectural and engineering firms in response to its request for proposals for design of a fire station in West Vail. The town began soliciting proposals on Jan. 14. The deadline for responses was Feb. 13.

Fire Chief Mark Miller said the proposals have come from as far away as California and Texas as well as numerous local and regional firms.

“We’re fortunate to have such a large number of proposals to choose from and will no doubt find an outstanding firm to design the West Vail fire station,” he said.

Chief Miller has assembled a review team with expertise from the town staff as well as two representatives from the neighborhood to help sort through the proposals. He said the goal is to select four to six finalists within the next few weeks for on-site interviews.

The firms will be evaluated based on objectives outlined in the RFP. The review team will then present its findings to the Town Council for final selection.—-

The design process follows the Town Council’s earlier approval of a master plan that calls for a fire station to be constructed on the former Wendy’s restaurant site, a 1.25-acre parcel which was acquired by the town in 2007. The Chamonix Master Plan also calls for construction of 58 deed-restricted, for-sale housing units on the adjacent town-owned property, which totals 3.6 acres.

The master plan identifies a fire station of approximately 11,500 square feet on the site, with a 3,300 square foot dorm on the second floor to accommodate student resident firefighters. The plan also calls for a three-bay back-in fire station with living quarters and administration offices. A meeting space to accommodate community groups, training and a reserve emergency operations center also is planned.

The fire station design process outlined in the request for proposals contains three phases. The first phase is the development of schematic design concepts and associated construction cost estimates, followed by selection of a preferred concept. The second phase will consist of design documents followed by a third phase to include final architectural and engineering design specifications as well as construction oversight.

The initial work will take an estimated 4-6 months to complete with construction decisions occurring in late 2009 or early 2010, according to Chief Miller, who will manage the project. The construction budget for the fire station and associated site improvements will be determined by the Town Council after review of the proposals.

Construction of a third fire station in Vail will benefit the community by reducing response times, providing back-up coverage for the Main Vail and East Vail stations and increased resources, according to Chief Miller. Staffing of the station could require the hiring of additional firefighters to coincide with the station’s opening.

For more information, call Chief Miller at 477-3474.

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