What about that roof?
The design firm working on Vail’s new conference center presented some new sketches to the Vail Town Council Tuesday. Many were underwhelmed.
Scott Degrance, who has been working on the conference center design for Fentress Bradburn Architects, the Denver-based firm designing the facility, showed the council new sketches of the center. Those sketches, which will soon be posted on the Vail Daily’s Web site, show how the center will look from Interstate 70, from Lionshead, and from Vail Mountain.
Following Degrance’s presentation, there were complaints about the copper-clad roof, which is curved and sloped to create snow cornices in the winter.
“I agreed to this design with some reservations,” Councilwoman Kim Ruotolo said. “I like it less and less as I see it.”
Councilwoman Diana Donovan, a longtime opponent of the conference center project, was more direct.
“I think it’s an abomination,” she said. “It doesn’t reflect Vail at all.”
With reservations about the roof, and perhaps the overall design, starting to rise, Councilman Greg Moffet proposed a motion committing the council to continue pursuing the design.
“We love to re-visit made decisions,” he said. “I move we proceed, with all due haste.”
That motion passed 6-1, with Donovan voting no.
While work on the “natural” design theme will continue, council members asked Degrance to work on designs for the roof that don’t involve copper sheeting. Mayor Rod Slifer asked Degrance to investigate a “green” roof, a new form of maintenance-free kind of sod.
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