Vail: One crane down, more to go |

Vail: One crane down, more to go

Melanie Wong
Vail, CO Colorado

The Four Seasons Resort Vail continues to take shape, and the project’s big tower crane is being taken down this week, said project spokeswoman Emily McCormack.

Exterior stonework is being installed from the foundation up, and the weather gets warmer, the building will be unwrapped and stucco installation will begin.

More than 400 workers are on site each day, working on the maze of steel, plumbing and electrical systems. Drywall work is underway in the residence club, providing a better understanding of the impressive square footage in each of the residences. Drywall is also mostly completed in the building’s outdoor/indoor spa area.

Four Seasons Resort Vail includes a 121-room hotel, 19 fractional residences and 16 whole-ownership condominiums. The site is located just southwest of the main Vail roundabout and will include a restaurant, spa, pool, library, apres ski lounge and select retail boutiques.

Construction is up to the fifth floor of the building, and all the concrete work is expected to be done by January 2010, said Tom Miller, director of development for Vail Resorts Development Co.

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 and is scheduled for completion in October 2010.

Concrete pouring was finally completed in early April, and workers are putting in the roof of the building, said Howard Olsen, senior project manager at Alter Construction.

Progress has been made on the outside of the building. Exterior stonework has been completed up to the third floor, the building’s stone chimneys are up, and exterior woodwork also started this month.

The project’s fifth floor showroom will also soon be ready, Olsen said.

The Landmark, which includes the clock tower and 17 condos, is above Billy’s Island Grill, North Face, the General Store and One Track Mind. Plans also include a new exterior for the existing buildings. The project is set for completion in spring 2010.

Staff Writer Melanie Wong can be reached at 970-748-2928 or

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