Vail picks architects for fire station, transit study |

Vail picks architects for fire station, transit study

Melanie Wong
Vail, CO Colorado

VAIL, Colorado ” Two architectural firms have been chosen to design Vail, Colorado’s new fire station and a new Lionshead transit center.

Belford-Watkins Group, a Fort Collins-based architectural firm will design the West Vail fire station. Denver-based 4240 Architecture, Inc. ” which designed the Arrabelle at Vail Square, Mountain Plaza and Ritz-Carlton Residences ” will do a design study for a transit center in Lionshead.

Belford-Watkins Group was chosen out of 46 proposals by a nine-member panel with help from the town staff and two members from the neighborhood. The firm has designed numerous fire stations throughout the state.

The firm will hire local consultants, including civil engineers, structural engineers, mechanical/electrical companies and landscape firms, to assist with the project. The initial work will take four to six months to complete, and construction decisions will be made in 2010, said Fire Chief Mark Miller, who will manage the project.

The construction budget for the fire station and associated site improvements will be determined by the Vail Town Council at a later date. The town has budgeted $322,000 for the fire station design.

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4240 Architecture, Inc. also did master planning work for the West Vail commercial area, conceptual designs for the Lionshead parking structure redevelopment and many other private developments within Lionshead.

The transit study will be done in three phases. Phase-one is a feasibility study, phase-two is schematic design and phase-three is design development.

The town is expected to authorize the contract for no more than $225,000 for completion of phases one and two, with the option to extend the contract to complete phase-three for an additional $150,000 to $235,000. The first two phases should be finished within three months of the start of the project.

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