Vail council set to pick conference center design |

Vail council set to pick conference center design

Daily Staff Report
Special to the DailyThe so-called "natural" design was chosen by an advisory committee as the best look for Vail's conference center. The Town Council may make the final decision on Tuesday.

VAIL – The Vail Town Council is scheduled to select the architectural style for the town’s new conference center at its meeting Tuesday.

The committee advising the Town Council on the project has recommended a design in which Vail’s topography is mimicked through a cornice-like roofline and “pine tree” feature. The meeting begins at 6 p.m. in the Vail Town Council chambers at Vail town hall.

The committee made its recommendation to the council after three styles were proposed by Fentress Bradburn Architects, Inc. In addition to the “natural” style, the two other concepts are a Bavarian design that matches other buildings in Vail, and a design with strong geometric forms. For the past two months, the town has sponsored nine public meetings and presentations to collect comments.

The conference center, which will be located just east of the Lionshead parking structure, will cost approximately $42.5 million. The site plan includes a total of 40,000 square feet of meeting area. Next steps process include the selection of a general contractor, scheduled for February of 2005, and issuing bonds. If the council approves the bond sale, construction could begin by spring 2005.For more information call Russell Forrest, Vail’s director of community development, at (970) 479-2139 or Colorado

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