Vail conference center seeking architects
The town of Vail, through its representative, ARC, is looking for architectural firms interested in leading the design of the Vail Conference Center.A nationwide search is being conducted and more than 100 companies have expressed interest and been mailed a “request for qualification” by the town. The review of their responses to the town’s guidelines is the first step in the town’s selection process and will be followed by more detailed proposals and oral interviews later this summer. Voters approved increases in Vail lodging and sales taxes in November 2002 to fund the conference center. The proposed 100,000-square-foot facility, which will be located in Lionshead, will cost approximately $42.5 million. Initial development steps have already been taken, including the Vail Town Council review and approval of a business plan, the hiring of an investment banker, and the hiring of an owner’s representative. Additionally, the council will be discussing components of the search for designers at its June 15 meeting.Completed requests for qualifications are due to ARC, Inc. no later than 4 p.m., June 17. Because of the large number of anticipated inquiries, interested candidates are asked use the town of Vail Web site as their primary source for information. A copy of the request for qualification and a list of contacts can be found at http://www.vailgov.com under Current Projects/Issues – Conference Center.