Vail hires Denver-based contractor for West Vail fire station |

Vail hires Denver-based contractor for West Vail fire station

Lauren Glendenning
Vail, CO Colorado

VAIL – As the Vail Town Council prepared to enter into an agreement with a Front Range contractor for the West Vail Fire Station Tuesday, local contractor Chris Evans let the town know he thought its selection process was faulted.

The town used ARC Integrated Program Management to help in the bidding and selection process of a contractor for the fire station, of which three finalists were chosen. Evans Chaffee Construction Group was the only Vail Valley contractor in the top three, and Evans said he thought the local company should have been given special consideration for the job. Evans said he wasn’t there to bash the competition – that all finalists are capable of doing a fine job, he said.

Evans read a letter he had e-mailed to council members earlier Tuesday, citing his company’s local connections, ability to negotiate with sub-contractors and its extensive experience working in Vail and the surrounding valley.

“I hope this is the time we start to see our local governments support our local businesses and residents,” Evans said. “We need your support considering the preference given to local (contractors) in other communities that inhibits our local businesses from working in those areas.”

The town council went ahead and approved the hiring of Drahota, the Denver-based contractor, citing the consultant’s selection process as reliable and well thought-out. All three finalists’ proposals promised that at least 60 percent to 70 percent of sub-contractors used would be Vail Valley locals.

Councilwoman Susie Tjossem was the only dissenting vote.

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