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

Solaris

Workers are pouring concrete foundations, and stair towers and elevator towers are now rising at the site. Concrete work will continue for several months, said Craig Cohn, director of sales and leasing for the project.



Peter Knobel’s Solaris project will have 77 condos, a three-screen 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.

Four Seasons

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Four Seasons Resort Vail has completed concrete pours for the fourth and fifth floors. All construction offices have been relocated from the temporary trailers to the first-floor parking area of the building.

Mechanical personnel are completing duct work and piping on levels two and three while electrical personnel have been focused on level two. Framing will commence on level two in the coming days.

Currently, there are approximately 200 construction personnel on site each day. This number will balloon to 400 personnel on site each day as interior work commences.



The Four Seasons will have 120 hotel rooms, 16 condos and 19 “fractional” units. The site is just southwest of the main Vail roundabout and will include a restaurant, a spa and stores. It is supposed to be completed in late 2009.

Willows

Finish work, appliance installation and painting is occurring in some units, said Tye Stockton of Ron Byrne and Associates. Some exterior stone work continues as well, Stockton said, and the project remains ahead of schedule for its completion.

The new building will have nine “fractional” units and nine condos. The Willows is supposed to be completed later this year. The Willows is west of Checkpoint Charlie in Vail Village.

Arrabelle

Workers are finishing up interior work on 14 units at the Arrabelle, said Keith Fernandez of Vail Resorts Development Company. That work should be done this year, 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.

Front Door

Work is finishing up on the Vail Mountain Club, which is expected to open in the fall, Fernandez said. Interior finish work is ongoing in about half of the townhomes, and exterior work is happening on the other half. All of the townhomes will be completed by the end of year, 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.

Ritz-Carlton

Shoring and concrete pouring continue on the site as the building approaches “grade,” or ground level, 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.

Tower Residences

A representative from Tower Residences could not be reached.

This project will expand the existing condos and add nine new condos to the Lionsquare North building. It will also create a new exterior for the building.

Landmark Condominiums

Workers are about 70 percent done with the foundation, and they have excavated about three-quarters of the underground garage, said Howard Olsen of Alter Construction. Facade work on the seven-story tower is under way, too, and steel erection will kick off in three weeks, he added.

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.

Manor Vail

Workers will finish up landscaping and work on the exterior of the building within the next month, said Chuck Madison of East West Partners, the developer. Residents will start moving into the building within the next several months, 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.

Vail Mountainview Residences

A representative from Vail Mountainview Residences could not be reached.

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. It’s supposed to be done late this year.

Seibert Circle

Workers are trying to find a few small leaks in the fountain, said Todd Oppenheimer of the town of Vail. The completion date for the fountain is uncertain at this time, he said.

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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