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Weekly Construction Update, April 2

  • 30 March 2018

Primary Contact: Leonard Sandoval, Town of Vail Construction Area Coordinator
970-390-4677 or 970-479-2198;

Construction Update Meetings to Resume

The annual contractor construction update meetings will resume beginning at 9 a.m. on Tuesdays in the Lionshead Welcome Center. Meetings will be held every Tuesday through the fall of 2018. The public is invited to attend. Note: The first meeting on April 3 has a delayed start time of 9:30 a.m. All other weekly meetings begin at 9 a.m.

Save the Date!

The Town of Vail Annual Construction Kick-Off Event is happening from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday, April 12 at the Grand View on the third level of the Lionshead Welcome Center. Drop by and meet with members of Community Development, Public Works, Vail Fire and local utility providers. Have questions? Get them answered!  Includes light refreshments and great door prizes.

Red Sandstone Parking Structure Groundbreaking

A groundbreaking ceremony to celebrate construction of the Red Sandstone parking structure will be taking place at 1 p.m. Tuesday, April 3 on the school site, located at 551 North Frontage Road West. The new structure will add 160 spaces to be used for public parking and on-site parking for the school.  

Numerous Construction Projects Taking Place on behalf of Town of Vail

Ten town-sponsored maintenance and construction projects will be getting underway this spring with additional projects taking place later in the year. The activities include numerous street and park maintenance commitments, water quality improvements and construction of a new parking structure, representing nearly $24 million in budgeted public improvements extending from West Vail to East Vail. Project descriptions are included below.

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Here’s a recap of the various construction projects currently ongoing in Vail as well as projects that will be beginning soon.

Vail Village

Slifer Square Repair Project/Covered Bridge
The Town of Vail has contracted with Icon Inc. of Gypsum to complete the Slifer Square Repair Project. Slifer Square, located between the Vail Village parking structure and the Covered Bridge, will under go necessary repair projects in 2018. Work includes replacing existing snowmelt mains, improved storm water quality, removal and replacement of heated pavers associated with the utility work as well as pavement replacement on Meadow Drive in front of the Austria Haus. The In-town bus will be rerouted onto the frontage road during the construction and pedestrian traffic will be routed around the construction to the covered bridge to maintain access to businesses in Vail Village. Temporary closures of the covered bridge will be taking place periodically. During those instances, pedestrians will be rerouted west to the International Bridge for access to the Village. Work is scheduled for the spring and fall Village construction seasons beginning April 16.  Work will stop June 29 for the July-August peak tourist season and begin again Sept. 4 with a final completion date of Nov. 15.  Project contacts are Albert Quintana with Icon Inc., 970-977-0561, and Chad Salli, Town of Vail, 970-376-2389.

Staub Park Improvements, 371 East Gore Creek Drive
Roger Staub Park is a pocket park located just west of Vorlaufer Condominiums in Vail Village. Hess Contracting Incorporated has been hired with improvements taking place April 16 through May 31. The project includes replacement of the existing concrete stairs, creation of turf slope to allow maintenance equipment to access the park area, replacement of the stone retaining wall, irrigation and landscaping. Project contacts are Raymond Hess at 970-471-0011; Town of Vail contact is Todd Oppenheimer, capital project manager/landscape architect, 970-479-2161.

Vail Transit Bus Stop Improvements at Vail Village and Lionshead Transit Centers
The Town of Vail will be adding two new bus stops at the Vail Village and Lionshead transit centers. The Vail Village Transit Center bus stop will add capacity with the construction of two new bus bays along the South Frontage Road in front of the Vail Village parking structure. The Lionshead Transit Center bus stop will add capacity with a new westbound stop in front of the Lionshead parking structure entry along the South Frontage Road. In addition, landscape improvements will be installed at the Lionshead structure in conjunction with the bus stop work.   Both projects are expected to be built this spring and have minimal impact on traffic during construction. Project contacts are Carl Dewey, Kraemer North America, at 720-390-8507; Town of Vail contact is Tom Kassmel, 970-479-2235.

Pirateship Park Safety Improvements
The Town of Vail will be installing a resilient surfacing and reconstructing a stairway on the Pirateship Park play structure next to Gondola One in Vail Village. The park will be fully closed during the work.  Reopening is anticipated on or before June 6. Contractor contact will be announced; Town of Vail contact is Gregg Barrie, landscape architect, at 970-479-2337.

Ski and Snowboard Club Vail Redevelopment, 598 Vail Valley Drive
Construction activity has been contained within the construction fence during the winter months. Concrete pours and water proofing are currently ongoing. A 90-ton crane is scheduled to assist with the installation of the steel structure. This is a redevelopment of the Ski and Snowboard Vail site to include a private and public club and multi-family residential dwelling units. Foundation work will be taking place soon, pending approval of the permit. The bike path on the south side of the project is closed until the project is complete. Vail Valley Drive will see an increase in oversize vehicle construction traffic. Completion date is fall of 2018. General contractor is Viele and Company, David Viele, 970-476-3082. Town of Vail Contact is Leonard Sandoval, 970-390-4677.

Hill Building, 254 Bridge Street
Construction material deliveries will occur on Bridge Street for the project during the winter months between 7 and 8 a.m. During this time, an area of Bridge Street (pending the size of the delivery) will be coned off to keep pedestrians safe while material is delivered to the project.  Pedestrian traffic control will be provided. This is a major remodel of the building. Use of Bridge Street is allowed Monday through Thursday unless a public way permit has been submitted, approved and issued outside of the village delivery hours. The trash dumpster will be staged on-site and fenced off. The project completion date is scheduled for fall of 2019. Contractor is Olson & Sons Construction Inc., Tim Olson, 970-390-7303. Town of Vail Contact is Leonard Sandoval, 970-390-4677.

Plaza Lodge, Unit R1, 291 Bridge Street
Material delivery (steel, wood, etc.) for the remodel improvements are ongoing and scheduled for the morning hours of 7 to 8:30 a.m. The project consists of a major remodel to a second story unit within the Plaza Lodge, directly above the Christy Sports store. Trash removal will take place during normal loading and delivery hours. Completion date is scheduled for early spring 2018. Contractor is Nedbo Construction, Mike Losey 970-977-0329. Town of Vail contact is Leonard Sandoval, 970-390-4677.
Vail Health Hospital East Enabling Work
Demolition of the east wing building is complete with demo of the existing parking structure scheduled for mid to late April. All construction traffic will enter and exit on West Meadow Drive, which will see an increase in oversize vehicle traffic. Please exercise caution along South Frontage Road and West Meadow Drive near the construction project. Construction activity will be contained inside of the construction fence for the winter months. Preparation for Phase II of the Master Facility Plan, which includes the tear-down and replacement of the current east wing administration building and garage, replacing it with a new garage and new building to house new emergency and imaging departments, as well as a new lobby, central plant, tenant space and material management department. All hospital services will remain open and fully functional throughout the construction. To access the Emergency Department, use West Meadow Drive. Hospital patients and visitors should park in the hospital parking lot on South Frontage Road West. Patients and guests of the Medical Professional Building (US Bank) should park in the lot accessible by West Meadow Drive. Please see map. Contractor is G.E. Johnson Construction Company, Christian Earl, 307-203-9242.Town of Vail contact is Leonard Sandoval, 970-390-4677.

Row House Unit 8, 303 Gore Creek Drive
Work consists of an interior and exterior remodel; work will be contained within property boundaries and construction fencing. Project completion is scheduled for fall of 2018. Contractor is Cuccia Construction, Guy Cuccia, 970-471-6456. Town of Vail contact is Leonard Sandoval, 970-390-4677.

Gore Creek Drive Row House Units 9 & 10, 303
Update: Full Street closure on Gore Creek Drive is scheduled for April 16-27 to allow excavation for new utilities (water, sewer and gas). Full street closure is required due to the depth of the sewer line. Pedestrian access will be maintained at all times, 24 hour traffic control will be provided as Hanson Ranch Road will become a two-way street. Single lane closures are scheduled for deliveries and concrete pours throughout the winter months; traffic control will be provided. Construction activity will be contained within property boundaries and construction fencing. Project consists of an interior and exterior remodel. Contractor is Beck Building, Gary Kendall, 720-202-5645. Town of Vail Contact is Leonard Sandoval, 970-390-4677.

Row House Units 11 & 12, 303 Gore Creek Drive
Project consists of an interior/exterior remodel and addition. Project completion date is currently scheduled for spring of 2018. Contractor is SRE Building Associates, Justin Marschalk, 970-376-2944. Town of Vail contact is Leonard Sandoval, 970-390-4677.


Sunbird Park Maintenance
The Town of Vail will be refinishing the wood play structures and replacing several play components at Sunbird Park, located in the Lionshead Mall. The park will be fully closed during the work.  Reopening is anticipated on or before June 6. Contractor contact will be announced; Town of Vail contact is Gregg Barrie, landscape architect, at 970-479-2337.

Lionsquare Lodge South Interior Renovation, 660 Lionshead Place
The project includes interior upgrades to the existing conference room, including new celling finishes, room dividers, lighting and interior trim. Start date is March 26. Contractor is R.A. Nelson & Associates Inc., Matt Anderson. Town of Vail Contact is Leonard Sandoval, 970-390-4677.

Vail Marriott Interior Renovation, 715 West Lionshead Circle
The project includes renovation of existing ballrooms, meeting rooms and associated corridors and the renovation of existing guest rooms and corridors. Construction start date was March 26, with a completion date of mid-September. Contractor is Digney York Associates LLC, Don Glorius, 703-790-5281. Town of Vail contact is Leonard Sandoval, 970-390-4677.


Gore Valley Trail Reconstruction – West Vail South
The Town of Vail will be reconstructing approximately 2,700 linear feet of the Gore Valley Trail between Matterhorn Drive (Donovan Park) and the West Vail Conoco. Trail users will be accommodated on the shoulders of the South Frontage Road and West Gore Creek Drive as needed. Project contacts are Roby Forsyth, RPM Construction at 970-471-5584; Town of Vail contact is Gregg Barrie, landscape architect, at 970-479-2337.
Red Sandstone Elementary School Parking Garage, 551 North Frontage Road West
The construction fence is installed and removal of trees and excavation will soon be underway. Access to the school and the gymnastics center will be maintained as a clear zone until the school closes for the summer. Utility excavations and parking lot work will close access to the gymnastics center in mid-June. This project has a completion date of Nov. 15, 2018. The Town of Vail and Eagle County Schools are jointly constructing a four-level, 160 space parking structure on the current Red Sandstone School site. The work will include extensive site work to establish a loop road around the parking structure to allow access to each level while at the same time provide a one-way loop road for school drop-off and pick up. Contractor is Haselden Construction, Justin Fahnestock, 303-549-8589. Town of Vail contact is Chad Salli, 970-479-2169.

West Vail Roundabout/ South Frontage Road Concrete Repair
The exit 173 West Vail roundabout concrete repair project includes the removal and replacement of the concrete pavement within the West Vail south roundabout (2,000 SF), concrete patch repair of the bridge deck (75 SF), removal and replacement of the east concrete sidewalk under I-70 (1,600 SF)  and the removal and replacement of stone veneer (250 SF) under I-70. In order to facilitate this work, from April 16 through May 11 the West Vail South roundabout will be modified into a ‘T’ intersection, with two-way thru-traffic on the north side of the roundabout, and all entering north legs being required to stop. The eastbound West Vail exit will be closed to all large trucks and oversized loads, but will accommodate passenger vehicles, vans and buses. Contractor is Kraemer North America, Carl Dewey, 970-720-8507. Town of Vail contact is Tom Kassmel, 970-376-1664.

Chamonix Vail, 2310 Chamonix Road 
The construction of all ten new residential buildings is complete. Nearly 75 percent of the new townhomes are now occupied by the new homeowners. The contractor is continuing to demobilize from the construction site. The anticipated completion date is April 23. The final landscape work will resume at Chamonix Vail as soon as warmer temperatures and weather permits. All final landscape work will be completed prior to June 18. Contact Jason Kiefer, RA Nelson, 970-471-3923 or George Ruther, Town of Vail, 970-376-2675.

Doubletree Hotel, 2211 North Frontage Road (formally the Holiday Inn)
Temporary Certificate of Occupancy was issued on Feb. 16. The certificate is effective immediately and is contingent upon some outstanding items that still require completion, some of which cannot happen until the spring season. All fire and safety items have been verified and the hotel can now be occupied. The work has included renovation of the interior/exterior of the hotel, pool area upgrades and parking lot improvements. Start date was Aug. 15, 2016. Contact person is Larry Paige, 315-400-9732.

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