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Wrappers come off renovated Vail Landmark condos

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Vail, CO, Colorado
Special to the DailyWork is nearly complete on the Landmark condominiums in Lionshead in Vail. The work added another floor to the structure.

Plastic wrap shed to reveal a new Landmark

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VAIL – A new facade with four-story stone arches, stucco and shingle was unveiled in Lionshead Sunday as the plastic wrap that had been covering construction for more a year was removed from the north side of The Landmark’s West Tower building. Alter Construction will dismantle the last of the scaffold this week to reveal the building’s new exterior.

“Even the people who are working on it every day are excited to see the north side because the way the scaffolding and protective wrap were set up, it was impossible to see more than a small section at a time,” said Mark Kobelan, President of The Landmark Condominium Association.

Although the East Tower and central Clock Tower are visible now, they are not indicative of the West Tower’s appearance.

“We wanted it to look like a series of buildings constructed over time,” said architect Bill Pierce. “We used a variety of forms and materials and details that would reference that appearance and provide a timeless quality to the property.”

Originally built in 1974, the West Tower building (formerly known as the Townhouse building) had 14 single-level, one-bedroom units and 14 two-level two- and three-bedroom units. The air rights were purchased by The Alter Group, which has developed and built 13 new, two-, three- and four-bedroom for-sale residences above. Three more units were added in the new, adjacent Clock Tower.

“We minimized our impact on the existing condos by “table-topping” over them with a steel structure to support the new units,” said Howard Olsen, Vice President of Alter Construction.

The space in between the new structure and the old roof was captured by many of the existing unit owners, allowing for internal expansion and higher ceilings. There was also space on the existing walkway that left room for expansion to the north. Of the 28 existing condos, 23 are being expanded or renovated.

The Landmark’s new entrance, lobby, common areas and existing West Tower units will be open for Ski Season 2009. The new Landmark Residences will be open in spring 2010.

For sales information about The Landmark Residences, contact Steve and Hillary McSpadden of Slifer, Smith and Frampton at 970-390-7632 or hmcspadden@slifer.net. For additional information on The Landmark’s Redevelopment, contact Michelle Kobelan of The Alter Group at 970-476-4033 or mkobelan@altergroup.com.

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