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Weekly Construction Update, Dec. 6

  • 30 November 2016

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

Vail I-70 Underpass

With the re-opening of the frontage roads for two-way traffic, the project has entered a slowdown for the winter season. Over the last eight months, I-70 and the North and South Frontage Roads have been completely transformed. In Phase 1, both the westbound and eastbound underpass bridges were constructed in just 13 weeks. In Phase 2, the focus turned toward the frontage roads, with an estimated 70,000 cubic yards of earth excavated to lower the roads 15 feet, and ten different utility lines relocated, totaling 23,000 linear feet. However, there is still plenty more work to complete. The project will gear up again in April 2017. Thank you for your patience and understanding during construction of the first two phases.

Vail Police: Be Bear Aware

The Vail Police Department is reminding contractors to be mindful about bears and other wildlife. Construction sites are required to use bear-proof containers. Be sure to remove all food items from vehicles and keep them locked. Report all bear activity by calling the police department at 970-479-2201.

Here’s a recap of the various construction projects in and around Vail.

Golf Course Neighborhood

Vail Golf & Nordic Clubhouse Renovation, 1775 Sunburst Drive
Nordic operations within the building are open to the public. Remaining work is nearing completion. Project includes significant improvements to the clubhouse, new utilities, drainage, parking lot improvements and the use of temporary structures to allow for golf and Nordic operations during construction. The project also includes a modest expansion to accommodate community uses. The contractor is Evans Chaffee Construction Group. Town of Vail contact is Leonard Sandoval, 970-390-4677 or 970-479-2198;

Vail Village

Red Lion Inn Condo # 3 Renovation, 304 Bridge Street
Construction is currently on hold until spring of 2017. Work consists of adding 714 square feet to level 1 and level 2 of the unit. Contractor is Beck Building Company, Kevin Fifield, 970-904-1283. Town of Vail Contact is Leonard Sandoval, 970-390-4677.

Vista Bahn Building Concessions Area, 298 Hanson Ranch Road
Work includes a new concessions counter which requires relocating an exterior planter and a window. Completion date is scheduled for mid-December 2016. Contractor is Rocky Mountain Construction Group, Mark Hallenbeck, 719-499-9248.

Vail Valley Medical Center Phase 1: West Wing, 181 West Meadow Dr.
Construction on the project continues with work contained within the construction fence. This project consists of a new fourth floor and expansions on the south and west sides.  All hospital services will remain open and fully functional throughout the construction. To access the Emergency Department, use West Meadow Drive. All other patients and visitors should access the hospital via South Frontage Road West. Phase I is scheduled to be completed in 2017. Contractor is G.E. Johnson Construction Company, Kevin Fone, 303-901-8878. VVMC Construction Team contacts are Mike Pritchard, 970-471-9367 and Mark Lehman, 970-471-9662. Town of Vail contact is Leonard Sandoval, 970-390-4677.

Gorsuch Building, Pendulum Restaurant, 263 Gore Creek Dr.
Completion of the project is scheduled for late December 2016.This project is for a full-service restaurant in the prior Ore House location and includes interior and exterior improvements.  Contractor is Rocky Mountain Construction Group; contact is Mark Hallenbeck, 719-499-9248.

Lionshead Village

The Lion Redevelopment (formerly Strata and Lionshead Inn and Lionshead Annex), 705 W. Lionshead Circle
Interior, exterior and site work are ongoing. Completion of the project is scheduled for late December 2016. Contractor is PCL Construction, Inc. Town of Vail contact is Leonard Sandoval, 970-479-2198.


Xcel Energy Gas Main Replacement, Beaver Dam Road
The completion of the 2” mill and asphalt overlay of Beaver Dam Road has been delayed until spring of 2017. Gas main line replacement work is complete. Contractor is Site Wise Corporation. Xcel Energy contact is Kathy Jacoby, 970-262-4055. Town of Vail contact is Leonard Sandoval, 970-390-4677.

Donovan Park Picnic Shelter
Construction of a new picnic shelter for Donovan Park is underway. Work is contained within a 6-foot high construction fence between the playground and the basketball court. Walkways will continue to be open as well as all other park facilities.  The new structure will accommodate three picnic tables and will be completed by the spring of 2017. The contractor is R.A. Nelson. Town of Vail project manager is Gregg Barrie, 970-479-2337.

Vail Town Center and West Vail Roundabout Conduit Installation
Expect single lane closures at the roundabouts in West Vail and Vail Town Center for conduit installation for pedestrian crossing signs. The Town has contracted with Tri Phase Electric to complete the project. Town of Vail contact is Chad Salli, 970-479-2169.

Fire Station 1 remodel (East Vail), 4116 Columbine Dr. 
Construction continues. Completion date is scheduled for mid-January. Due to safety concerns, members of the public who need to contact the crew at this location should call 911 for emergencies or 970-479-2257 for other business. This project will increase the size of the apparatus bay to improve functionality and safety. It will also include space for firefighting equipment storage. The project will add one employee housing unit, while eliminating resident firefighter dormitories which have been moved to the West Vail Fire Station. The finished project will also showcase landscaping which meets scenic screening objectives while providing for sufficient fire defensible space. Contractor is MW Golden Constructors. Town of Vail contact is John King, 970-479-2170.

Booth Creek Park redevelopment, 2900 Manns Ranch Road
Construction of the Booth Creek Park redevelopment project continues. Site work and building construction is almost complete and will be wrapping up soon. The construction fence will be moved to encompass the playground area only as that work will be ongoing for a few more weeks. The work involves a compete redevelopment of the existing park and includes new hard-surface tennis courts, picnic pavilion, restrooms and children’s playground. The park is anticipated to be completed in November 2016. Town of Vail contact is Todd Oppenheimer at 970-479-2161.

Vail Cascade Resort and Spa Remodel, 1300 Westhaven Dr.
This $50 million renovation project includes upgrades to guest rooms, restaurant, market, lounge and bar area, new spa and more. The Aria Athletic Club and Spa and Vail Cascade Condominiums will remain open throughout the construction, which is scheduled to be completed in March 2017. New general contractors on site, PWI Construction will work on the hotel improvements; Evans Chaffee Construction Group will work on the tennis court conversion. Black Line Group, Todd Goulding, 970-331-1732, is the project manager. Town of Vail contact is Leonard Sandoval, 970-479-2198.

Doubletree Hotel, 2211 North Frontage Road (formally the Holiday Inn)
Work includes renovation of the interior/exterior of the hotel, pool area upgrades and parking lot improvements. Start date was Aug. 15, 2016 with completion date mid-December 2016.  Contractor is Peak Professional Contractors Inc. Contact person, Valerie Thodde, owner’s rep/ project manager, 954-675-1522.

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