Vail Resorts mold renovations begin in Breckenridge
BRECKENRIDGE – Preliminary demolition work began this week at Breckenridge Terrace, Vail Resort’s 17-building employee housing complex, where water intrusion caused mold to grow in nearly all of the 5-year-old buildings.A contractor from Belfor, a national company hired to remove the mold, started on site Wednesday. Hyder Construction, a Denver company, was hired to oversee the project, which is estimated to cost Vail Resorts $7 million.
The mold problem was discovered last fall, and all of the approximately 90 tenants were asked to move out. The complex has been empty since mid-winter.Randy May, Vail Resorts Development Company senior project manager, said two phases of work need to be before tenants can move back into the complex Nov. 1. While remediation work will include removing and discarding cabinets, doors, wood trim, carpeting and drywall, some items such as appliances will be removed, cleaned of mold and then replaced in the units.
Once walls are opened, much of the framing will be wiped down with a cleaning agent and encapsulated, May said.Meanwhile, the second phase of work involves dealing with what caused the mold. May said there are several areas where the crew will eliminate water infiltration into the buildings near the foundation, around windows and doors and even on the roofs.Vail Resort’s attorney Eric Stein said the company anticipates moving forward with action against the original architect, developer and general contractor of the project.
In March, a notice required by the Colorado Construction Defect Act was sent to the three parties. Stein said all three responded that they didn’t think they were at fault in the mold growth problem. “(The company will) discuss the strategies and what we will pursue and against whom, but we do anticipate moving forward with some type of action,” Stein said. “We haven’t decided if that will involve litigation or arbitration.” The company is not optimistic that its insurance carrier will cover the costs because of exclusions in the coverage plan, Stein said. But the company is still pursuing that avenue, he added.