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Vail construction on track

Lauren Glendenning
Vail, CO Colorado
CVR Vail construction KA 12-22-10

VAIL, Colorado – Projects included in Vail’s so-called Billion Dollar Renewal are complete, but there are a few construction sites left in town that are on schedule to be finished by the spring.

Two of the three projects still under construction are town of Vail projects, and one project belongs to Vail Resorts.

The First Chair project is Vail Resorts’ employee housing project that meets housing requirements set by the town for the company’s Arrabelle at Vail Square project, which opened in 2008.

First Chair got its building permit about a year ago. The project, located on the north side of the Interstate 70 pedestrian bridge in Lionshead on land once known as the North Day Lot, includes parking and 124 employee housing beds.

The town of Vail asked Vail Resorts in August to provide a pay-in-lieu fee of $725,000 rather than build nine skier drop-off parking spaces at the site. The town of Vail decided to build 20 public skier drop-off spaces at the west end of the Lionshead parking structure as part of the town’s $5.5 million public transit and skier drop-off improvement project – a location the town of Vail deemed more convenient and appropriate for skier drop-off than the North Day Lot location.

R.A. Nelson is the general contractor for the project and is currently working on enclosing the building to complete the exterior, which includes stone and stucco siding.

The project is on schedule to be completed in the spring. Justin Pronga, superintendent with R.A. Nelson, said the plan is to turn the project over to Vail Resorts in May so they can put on the finishing touches.

The town of Vail is building a new fire station in West Vail, where a Wendy’s restaurant was once located.

The project ran into several setbacks in the beginning because of problems with the soils on the site. The 15,300-square-foot fire station is now under construction and expected to be finished in the spring.

The roof structure is expected to be completed this week, depending on the weather, said Leonard Sandoval, the town of Vail’s construction coordinator.

Mechanical, electrical, plumbing and fire sprinkler contractors are working on the “rough ins” and nearing completion, he said.

Drywall and finishes will begin after the first of the year, as will facade work. Exterior windows and storefront are currently being installed and additional site work and concrete paving is scheduled for early next year.

The project is on schedule to be finished in the early spring, Sandoval said.

The East Lionshead Circle entrance to the Lionshead parking structure for 30-minute skier drop-off is now complete and open to the public. The project was approved by the Vail Town Council in the fall in an effort to get cars out of the bus and loading zone area in Lionshead where many people have been illegally dropping off passengers.

Work on the Lionshead Transit Center is also under way and scheduled to finish up in the spring. The town is building bus bays along the South Frontage Road alongside the parking structure, as well as a new transit center building. The building should be finished in the spring and landscaping work will follow, depending on weather, in the spring and early summer of 2011, Sandoval said.

Work to complete the heated walkway on the top deck of the west side of the parking structure is almost finished.

Work also continues on the new stairs located on the northeast and west corners of the parking structure.

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